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I have a question for anyone very familiar with metal clarinets.

I'm trying to make further improvements to the Pan American (Conn) I've been working on but I can't find information on the following.

Mine is a single piece body with removable mothpiece adapter.
This adapter is sort of like the barrel of a non-metal clarinet.

The bottom part of the adapter looks like it should be corked to snug the fit into the clarinet's body.
IS THAT HOW IT'S DONE ON OTHER METAL CLARINETS or is something else used?

The top part of the adapter loosely fits my mouthpiece and I don't want to recork my mouthpiece with a thicker cork because I use it on other clarinets.

Is there something I can do to permanently make a tighter fit or do I need to buy another mouthpiece and have a thicker cork put on it?

Thanks for any help.
 

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BobbyC said:
The bottom part of the adapter looks like it should be corked to snug the fit into the clarinet's body.
IS THAT HOW IT'S DONE ON OTHER METAL CLARINETS or is something else used?
On mine, the upper joint is corked (just like an ordinary wood clarinet) to accommodate the barrel. (http://www.hochstrasser.org/wiki/files/Rauber7.jpg)
If yours is the other way round, cork the other part.
The top part of the adapter loosely fits my mouthpiece and I don't want to recork my mouthpiece with a thicker cork because I use it on other clarinets.
Is there something I can do to permanently make a tighter fit or do I need to buy another mouthpiece and have a thicker cork put on it?
A usable solution on mine is to put one layer of clear adhesive tape along the inner circumference of the barrel. It's a bit tricky to do but will last about three to six months. A more permanent solution would be to paint the barrel socket with a thin layer of lacquer or epoxy. The quickest solution is to wind one or two rounds of cigarette paper around the mouthpiece cork before shoving it in.
 

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I'd prefer teflon plumber's tape on the mouthpiece. It holds well and leaves no sticky residue. That being said, I've used paper as well . . . so whatever works!
 

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Keep some strips of paper in the case and wrap this around the mouthpiece cork whenever using your mouthpiece (tear off a length and wrap it round the cork) - I have to do this when I play my plastic Yamaha (as the mouthpiece socket is wider than my Selmers) and the mouthpiece is well loose in there.
 

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I have actually been using masking tape instead of the cork and inside the upper part where the mouthpiece goes.

I guess I'll cork the lower part and just keep taping the upper part.

Thanks for the info.
 
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