• Music Lessons

    Voice, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Flute, Theory and beginner band Read More
  • Woodwind Repair

    The choice of top professionals, band teachers and discerning amateurs. Specialist in woodwinds, with the insight only a top performer can possess. Read More
  • 1
  • 2

Music Store

 x01 54969

Band Instruments Woodwind Supplies

 

Nobel Band Instruments and the complete Rico Daddario line of reeds

 

The same gear I use

.Read More

Progress

"The pattern of progress can be compared to an oncoming tide-wave after wave moves onward seemingly with the same upsurge, but once in a while, one of the waves reaches ahead of the others, and then seems to be followed by the others, until the same motion occurs anew. Progress always moves forward-it is never still. The minute one feels that a certain level has been achieved at that precise moment one stops progressing, unless one tries to reach a higher level still or else regression starts and the level goes down. Perfection does not exist, but the ambition to reach it makes for unending progress and self satisfaction."  Bonade 

Cole's Music Band Instruments sales repairs lessons

Quick Fixes for Tenon corks.

The cork covering the tenons of woodwinds is usually natural sheet cork. This not something you are likely to find at your local hardware store. It is very fine and close grained. Over time it will dry and compress. This can make the joints wobble and likely make them leak as well.

If you leave you instrument assembled all the time this will happen faster. If it is dry where you live and you do not use cork grease this will also make them need replacing sooner. regardless it should be part of regular maintenance
 
I do my tenon and mouthpiece corks once a year. I always notice an improvement in the clarinet after doing this. Your instrument is just like any machine it needs regular service in order to perform well.Care of instrument tenons or joints is an overlooked item, it applies equally to flute head and foot joints and saxophones necks, all which must be perfectly, round where they connect. We use a series of pin gages to check this, but I digress.

If you use cork grease the corks will generally last longer as it slows their drying out. Though some greases seem to actually make the cork disintegrate. The grease also fills in the any small imperfections in the cork and compensates somewhat for minor out of roundness of the joint.
{mostip} No crazy glue it will make a horrible mess{/mostip}
If your cork is just loose there are a few things you can try;

first put a lot of cork grease on the joint and then heat it. The safest way to do this is heat a flat bit of metal that is about the same width as the cork or smaller and put it on the cork to melt the grease into the cork and expand it. Obviously if you heat it too much you will burn the cork.
 
I don’t recommend holding the instrument it over a flame either, as it is too easy to damage it.

So to reiterate heat the metal strip and use it to melt the grease. You don’t have to heat it very much

. If the cork is really loose or falling off, your next best bet is waxed dental floss. Wrap it around the tenon like you are wrapping a fishing fly. The wax will compress and you will have fix that will last for a while.

What about replacing it yourself?

That’s a possibility, though usually when I explain how to do this people realize it’s a lot easier and cheaper to take it to the repair shop. As I said earlier the first you thing you need is the cork. The cork is quite pricey at least $4-5 us for a 6x4 piece

There are lots of how to articles on the web here are 2 of them.
Links: How to By Steve Fowler for clarinet http://www.fowlermusic.com/clarcork.html http://www.fowlermusic.com/sax_neck.html and for saxophone

Authorized dealers of Nobel Band Instruments

Nobel Clarinet

Nobel_clarinet14041 Bb CLARINET, brushed hard rubber body for a wood-like sound and finish, wear resistant nickel plated keys, waterproof Valentino pads, French blue steel needle springs, genuine cork bumpers and tenons, bell ring, 65mm Moenig bore barrel, light case with back pack straps. The quasi-indestructible nature of Valentino pads render the Nobel completely airtight and fully resonant. A best choice for a sound investment. $495

 
Every clarinet is set up and play tested before sale, most stores do not do this. This clarinet has had some undercutting of higher tone holes and resetting of pad heights done for better pitch and tone.

The material, reverse taper barrel and design give this clarinet a more mature rich sound when compared to standard student clarinets costing hundreds more. I have played one in the orchestra for outdoor concerts. 

Alban Classical


Private performance April 14

PGSO April 21

Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30