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We managed to make it work, but it was not easy. So picture the round neck of a clarinet, now picture a straight strip of cork. See the problem from the beginning. The cork wanted to stay straight, but the neck of the clarinet is round. We even soaked it in water to try and make it more pliable. We cut it to fit, and glued it to the clarinet, but it just kept popping off because it wanted to be strait and not bent. In the end we tied a rubber band around it and let it sit overnight, and that managed to do the trick as far as getting it to stay on. That's when our next problem appeared. The cork is much thicker than the groove in the clarinet in which it is meant to sit. So once it was glued into place, the mouth piece would not slide over it. So we started sanding. And sanding. And sanding. After a half hour of hand sanding, we got out the electric sander (which by the way makes a terrible smell when you sand the actual clarinet itself) and finished the job. So now the cork is replaced and the mouthpiece will slide on and off with a bit of brute force. Then we tried the pads. Basically the same problem. They didn't fit. I put them in and they were so thick that the keys were permanently stuck half open, half closed. Too fat to close all the way, and too fat to let air pass naturally when open. ??? Would I buy again? Yes, because I am super cheap and hate leaving my house, so I'd rather struggle to make an inferior product work in the comfort of my own home than have to go to the shop and pay a professional to do the job right. P.S. There is no glue, so you'll want to have your own on hand for both the pads and cork. P.P.S. The pads look like they have stickers backs that you can just peel off to make them stick on. They do not. If you try to peel the back off, you'll just rip the whole pad into pieces. Oops.
Make sure you measure your key cups and width of your neck joints before ordering. I did not do that and nothing in this kit works for my Clarinet. For my instrument, an old Bundy Mazzeo, the large pads are to big, the small pads are too small, and the width of the cork is to small. Useless for me. Have to buy another kit. Overall though, the product quality seems ok, although I can't play the instrument to know for sure.
We bought our son's clarinet used last November and he's been practicing daily with it. One of the keypads came off and to service one pad was going to cost $30.00. I decided to fix it on my own and will repad the whole thing at a later date. This kit was all that I needed, I can use the other pads in case others fall off in the future. I have not used the cork neck joint. The bag it comes with is handy as it keeps everything together. The back of the pads did not have sticky but press on it while inserting on the instrument it stays in place.
Small pads were about 0.5mm too large to fit into the cups. I was able to make them fit by squishing the base of the pad sideways with a needle nose pliers, so those worked somewhat ok. the medium sized pads fit nicely, so I guess if the only pads you need to replace are the lower bridge key and the B/F# key then you're in luck. The large pads were horrendously too big, when lined up, about 1mm on every side too big, or +2mm diameter oversized. It's unfortunate since these are the only pads offered through prime, as the other ones from different brands all look like they are the same manufacturer as these. I would either buy some InstrumentClinic pads, Yamaha pads (if you can find them anywhere) or go to your local music store and manually find one that fits.
Replacing all the pads in an old Bundy plastic clarinet. I ran several issues. In general all of the pads were oversized by a half mm. I was unable to complete the replacement of the low key pads as they are too large to fit into the cups. I will have to go to the local shop to get the right size pads. I haven't messed with the cork, but all the strips look thinner than I have and will be useless.
These only fit 3 of the joints on a Bb clarinet. It's about 3/8's of an inch too short to wrap around the lower joint. (I ended up having to buy a sheet of cork and cutting the strips by hand. The sheet I bought was a better quality of cork than these.) I haven't used the key pads yet but they appear to be the right size when I compare them to what is on the clarinet. It's a good value with the key pads and the little sack to store it all in, but the cork strips just aren't long enough for the lower joint.
Purchased the kit for replacement cork and pads for a Selmer CL300 clarinet. The big pads are too big, and the small pads are too small. Out of the entire 17 pad kit, only one pad fit to size. Also, although the pads have adhesive backings, the cork does not, so have fun with the glue!