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Repairing Cracks

Wood is a product of nature and cannot be standardized. From the time the grenadilla wood log is cut from the wasteland of Mozambique or Madagascar, South Africa, up to the finished clarinet, fully 90% of the wood has been discarded through expert sav/ing, careful selection, long years of curing, treating in oil, and repeated inspection. The wood in fine clarinets is as near perfect as human skill and experience can get it. And yet a certain percentage of clarinets will crack in spite of everything, and even though they receive expert care while in use.

If your clarinet does crack, don't be unduly alarmed. Experienced professional clarinet players think nothing of it and they consider the clarinet after it is repaired to be less liable to crack again than it was before it was repaired. Many fine old clarinets are pinned in several places.

There are two satisfactory ways of repairing a crack. One is by pinning and the other is by shrinking a silver ring around the body. There are many expert repairmen who can do the job but if one of these men is not available, send your clarinet to the factory. When you send the clarinet in to the factory, be sure to mark the crack with a pencil, for often by the time it reaches the factory the crack has closed up so tight it cannot be found.