Hello, fellow forum hornheads,
I've been looking for durable, acoustically-responsive pad options for my old Jean Dumont/Martin Frères clarinet from the 60's.
It's currently padded with cork for ring and registry keys, bladder for side trills and lower body cups.
I'm sticking to Ferree's Tools...
Here is a former piece of my home that makes a great pearl protector - 1/2" pipe joints are just the size of most pearls. And that's a little leather wrapped in the middle in case the pipe got hot, and a divot cut from one of the elbows to go around the key arm of some pearls. Easy and cheap.
This will be my first post, and I must start by thanking many of you for so much useful advice, knowledge and hundredproof opinions which I have gained as a visitor.
I am adding my piece here because of some advice I could not find. I purchased a silver 1926 Martin Handcraft as a repad...
I was looking around doing some research on certain instruments and came across a page that said if a clarinet hasn't got a lot of tone, the worst thing you can do is put cork pads on the top joint. I haven't heard that one before.
Any views on this?