Clarinets, Repair, Vintage Clarinet

Filling Chip in Bass Clarinet

I recently disassembled a Selmer Y-Series Low Eb bass clarinet belonging to my little brother. The adjustment corks were starting to fall off so I figured I may as well perform a full mechanical overhaul for him before school starts again.

This chip came from years of wear caused by the register key switching mechanism arm under the throat A key. The cork had fallen off and was not replaced, causing the key arm to dig into the wood with every switch of the register key.

 

I filled it with granadilla wood chips and superglue, filing away the excess and buffing the area by hand with emery paper to bring the sheen back to the wood.

Here is the result:

It blends in decently. I am still working on perfecting my technique on filling chips and making the fill indiscernible from the original wood body.

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