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CLARINET QUESTIONS


Q.   How many keys does a clarinet have?

     A.  Almost all modern clarinets have 17 pads. They are not "one-size-fits-all". Each manufacturer decides what sizes to use.

Q.   How much would it cost to replace all pads on a clarinet?

     A.  If you do it yourself, we recommend getting our Complete Repair Kit. The cost is $34.95 and you'll receive the supplies needed to do the job. If you prefer you can send us your clarinet and we will do the work. Click here for details.

Q.   How often do clarinet pads need to be replaced ?

     A.  It varies. We've seen clarinets that have gone 10 or more years without needing major pad work. Generally, if the clarinet gets a lot of use, the time will be much shorter. Keeping your pads dry will definitely lengthen the time they will last.

Q.   Clarinet key pad replacement ?

     A.  We offer instructions for installation of our pads. Click here for our instruction page.

Q.   How do I relace pads on clarinet?

     A.  We recommend you read our instructions.

Q.   how to save your pads on your clarinet ?

     A.  As stated above, keep the clarinet away for moisture. That's our best tip.

Q.   Do you supply installation instructions?

     A.   Basic instructions for installing our products are posted on our web site. Beyond that, send us a message.

Q.   Is it expensive to change the pads on a clarinet?

     A.  If you do it yourself, we recommend getting our Complete Repair Kit. The cost is $34.95 and you'll receive the supplies needed to do the job. If you prefer you can send us your clarinet and we will do the work. Click here for details.

Q.   What is the cost of replacing a clarinet pads?

A.  If you do it yourself, we recommend getting our Complete Repair Kit. The cost is $34.95 and you'll receive the supplies needed to do the job. If you prefer you can send us your clarinet and we will do the work. Click here for details.

Q.   Can I repad a clarinet without removing the keys?

A.  Probably not. You will be able to effectively replace some of your pads without taking off the keys. But it is very difficult. It is much better to remove the key.

Q.   How to tell if a spring needs replacing on your clarinet?

     A.  Good Question. If it's not there, it definitely needs to be replaced! Otherwise, if it has lost it's springyness, and the pad refuses to close but there is no other reason, replace it. We have springs available on our website.

Q.   How do you replace springs on a clarinet?

     A.
 You will need to remove all of the old spring. This requires that you pull the spring back through the post that it goes through. In many cases you will need to punch the spring back through the post so that you can grab it with plyers. We sell springs and punches on our website.

Q.   How much does it cost to get new pads put on a clarinet?

     A.  ;If you do it yourself, we recommend getting our Complete Repair Kit. The cost is $34.95 and you'll receive the supplies needed to do the job. If you prefer you can send us your clarinet and we will do the work. Click here for details.

Q.   Do you have pads for my clarinet?

     A.   Yes. We have pads in stock to fit all clarinets.



FLUTE QUESTIONS


Q.   How many keys does a flute have?

     A.  Almost all modern flutes have 16 pads. They are not "one-size-fits-all". Each manufacturer decides what sizes to use.

Q.   How much would it cost to replace all pads on a flute?

     A.  If you do it yourself, we recommend getting our Repair Kit. The prices start at $19.00 for all of the pads needed.

Q.   How often do flute pads need to be replaced ?

A.  It varies. We've seen flutes that have gone 10 or more years without needing major pad work. Generally, if the flute gets a lot of use, the time will be much shorter. Keeping your pads dry will definitely lengthen the time they will last.

Q.   How do I replace flute key pads ?

     A.  We offer instructions for installation of our pads. Click here for our instruction page.



Q.   Is my flute an "open hole"?

     A.   An open hole flute will have holes all the way through the metal pad cup on about 5 of the keys. Sometimes these are covered with plastic inserts. If you do not have holes all the way through the cups, it is NOT an open hole flute.

Q.   Why do my flute pads have holes in the middle?

     A.   All flute pads for modern flutes have holes in the middle of the larger pads. The pads will attach with either clips or small screws with washers. Even when you get pads for a closed hole flute, they will have these holes.

Q.   Do you have pads for my antique wooden flute?

     A.   Yes. You will need to measure the pads using the instructions for clarinet. Then order clarinet pads. The very old/antique wooden flutes had pads that did not have holes in the center like modern flutes (last 70 years?). We have successfully supplied pads for these to several customers.

Q.   Can I repad my flute without removing the keys?

     A.  Probably not. You will be able to effectively replace some of your pads without taking off the keys. But it is very difficult. It is much better to remove the key.

Q.   How to tell if a spring needs replacing on my flute?

     A.  Good Question. If it's not there, it definitely needs to be replaced! Otherwise, if it has lost it's springyness, and the pad refuses to close but there is no other reason, replace it. We have springs available on our website.

Q.   How do you replace springs on a flute?

     A.
 You will need to remove all of the old spring. This requires that you pull the spring back through the post that it goes through. In many cases you will need to punch the spring back through the post so that you can grab it with plyers. We sell springs and punches on our website.

Q.   Do you have pads for my flute?

A.   Yes. We have pads in stock to fit all flutes.



FLUTE QUESTIONS


Q.   How many keys does a flute have?

     A.  Almost all modern flutes have 16 pads. They are not "one-size-fits-all". Each manufacturer decides what sizes to use.

Q.   How much would it cost to replace all pads on a flute?

     A.  If you do it yourself, we recommend getting our Repair Kit. The prices start at $19.00 for all of the pads needed.

Q.   How often do flute pads need to be replaced ?

A.  It varies. We've seen flutes that have gone 10 or more years without needing major pad work. Generally, if the flute gets a lot of use, the time will be much shorter. Keeping your pads dry will definitely lengthen the time they will last.

Q.   How do I replace flute key pads ?

     A.  We offer instructions for installation of our pads. Click here for our instruction page.



Q.   Is my flute an "open hole"?

     A.   An open hole flute will have holes all the way through the metal pad cup on about 5 of the keys. Sometimes these are covered with plastic inserts. If you do not have holes all the way through the cups, it is NOT an open hole flute.

Q.   Why do my flute pads have holes in the middle?

     A.   All flute pads for modern flutes have holes in the middle of the larger pads. The pads will attach with either clips or small screws with washers. Even when you get pads for a closed hole flute, they will have these holes.

Q.   Do you have pads for my antique wooden flute?

     A.   Yes. You will need to measure the pads using the instructions for clarinet. Then order clarinet pads. The very old/antique wooden flutes had pads that did not have holes in the center like modern flutes (last 70 years?). We have successfully supplied pads for these to several customers.

Q.   Can I repad my flute without removing the keys?

     A.  Probably not. You will be able to effectively replace some of your pads without taking off the keys. But it is very difficult. It is much better to remove the key.

Q.   How to tell if a spring needs replacing on my flute?

     A.  Good Question. If it's not there, it definitely needs to be replaced! Otherwise, if it has lost it's springyness, and the pad refuses to close but there is no other reason, replace it. We have springs available on our website.

Q.   How do you replace springs on a flute?

     A.
 You will need to remove all of the old spring. This requires that you pull the spring back through the post that it goes through. In many cases you will need to punch the spring back through the post so that you can grab it with plyers. We sell springs and punches on our website.

Q.   Do you have pads for my flute?

A.   Yes. We have pads in stock to fit all flutes.



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