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Hi everyone,

I have an old Winslow lig that I need to replace the rubber bumpers on--over the years, they've sort of melted and turned to mush. I actually found the little spare parts kit that I got with it originally, but I have no instructions.

I've been able to get everything taken apart okay, but does anyone know any tricks for getting the little semi-circular clips back on the posts? I tried for a while this morning with no luck. Is it just brute force, or is there a special technique I'm forgetting?

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You need to balance the peg/bumper combos on the lig, then slide it onto a reed/mpc combination, this keeps the pegs from falling out of the holes. Tighten the thumbscrew to raise the slotted end of the peg above the level of the lig plate. Use the goofy plastic rectangle tool to shove the c-clip onto the peg. That's how I used to do it......

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The mushy rubber bumpers caused me to give away all of my Winslow ligatures. Not only did the original rubber pieces turn to gum, all the ones in ALL of my parts-tubes (that came with the ligs) were gummy and gooey.

To replace the little clips, I made sure I was on a light-colored solid surface before fooling with them (so I could find them when they flew off the posts), then I used a very fine needle-nosed plier to remove, then replace them.

Some force against the outside edge of the clip worked - after some resistance, the clip opened slightly and slipped onto the post. I always tried to exert minimum but direct pressure on the clip so that it was evenly forced on the post, or else . . . there it went!

I know some players love their Winslows but I've gotten along very well without them. DAVE
 

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Thanks guys...I'll give those suggestions a try. For some reason, it hadn't occurred to me to try it with the lig on a mouthpiece, but I can see how that would make that easier.

I wonder if the SAXXAS bumpers are any more durable. The spare ones I had in the jar seem okay, but I don't count on them lasting that long.
 

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The SAXXAS guys are also selling a replacement set of bumpers & stuff for winslow.
By the way my winslow bumpers are lasting now over 4 years and still in perfect shape.
 

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I've had the current rubber bumpers on my tenor winslow for 10+ years. The original pink/red ones tuned to mush after a year or so but the harder black ones keep on working. I think the length of service of these parts depends on how you treat them. I keep that ligature in the original box and never on the mouthpiece (dry and not compressed).
 

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I have had my Winslow for almost ten years and have not had any trouble with the bumpers. I never store the lig on the mouthpiece. I do hit them with some talc every so often when I think of it. I will also take a very soft toothbrush and clean the lig, mostly knocking some of the crud that tends to collect on things like this.

I love this lig. I wish I could find one for my clarinet.
 

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I've had a variety of these bumpers too. None of them have turned mushy. Orange, black, gray. Must be something in the air....
 

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I've used the Winslow on soprano for more than fifteen years - the black bumpers are much better and long lasting than the pink ones, I haven't had to replace any of the black ones.

I've tried various metal ligs at times but none of them provide the response across the range of the horn that the Winslow does.
 
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