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Feb 23, 2015
From Bill
by: Christopher

At your suggestion, I had my R-13 checked out by a Buffet professional and he found that my A key was sticking open so he made an adjustment.
I have been playing it now for three days and the problems have not reappeared, so I believe that was the root cause.
Thanks for your help
Bill S.

I'm glad you were able to resolve your issue with the stuck A-key. I hope it continues to go well. Best, Chris

Feb 04, 2015
You Should Try the Old Clarinets
by: Christopher

Hey Bill,
Thanks for the questions. Trial number one, put your old clarinets together and see if you have the same problems.

I'm suspecting the new Buffet might have a leaky pad, or a key/spring that is not closing the tone hole. Also, you could have a crack in the clarinet. I hope I'm not scaring you. Also, make sure your mouthpiece and barrel are not loose. If the corks are not closing down, air leakage could occur.

Try the other clarinets. If you can blow them okay, you have issues with the new clarinet. Even if your Buffet is brand new, it is not uncommon to have pads blow out, the wood change due to moisture (and help unseat pads), and/or develop cracks (especially with quick changes of humidity and temperature). You might have to take it back to the shop you purchased it from and/or to a qualified repair person.

One other thing to check, look at the screw on top of the A and G# key. If it is screwed too tightly, it will lift the G# key up and cause the problems you are describing. Screwing it out slightly will help this.

If you have the same issues regardless of the instrument, perhaps you need to take small breaks in your practice sessions to rest the embouchure.

I hope this helps and keep me up to date on your findings. Chris

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