So I got that Nobley thingy.

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  1. JfW

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    Here are some updates on the project.

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    I am still somewhere in the middle of this project. As I've mentioned above I've finished polishing the keys and posts of the lower joint. I'm now about half way through polishing the keys on the top half and once finished with remove the posts and polish those as well. While I had it down to just the bare joint, I treated it with wood cleaner and wax I bought from http://doctorsprod.com. I personally think it turned out pretty well.


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    Man, I'm getting tired of key polishing.....
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    He wants to make sure the horn is reeeeeallly vintage.
     
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    yeah, I need to get this finished before the half that's already polished tarnishes again....
     
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    Looking good. I see from your blog that you dabble in bonsai too. Me too, tho I've lost more than I've kept
     
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    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    I've found the top register pip in a few Noblet's i've reconditioning needed slight expansion. Giving it a deeper and more powerful tone. Though drilling out of the register vent requires utmost care as a bit too much can create large pressure deviation issues which can cause 8th and reed/mpc combo issues. But if you get it right they certainly do sing.
     
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    yeah Bonsai is something Im pretty much out of now as I live in a town home with no plausible backyard or wintering place. Also, I killed nearly everything....

    I still have a ficus I have neglected except for watering...
     
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    How much do you drill out to?
     
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    Update: For the most part, polishing is done. I am now as enthused about this project as I've ever been. Turns out one of the best tools for removing crap from the keys are silicone polishing wheels. Music Medic has them and it made the job go a LOT faster. The fine and ultra find work great by themselves for small parts like the posts which took much longer using a fiber bit.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    I think Fiber Bit is a good name for a cereal.
     
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    This register system is slightly crazy. I'm going to have to figure it out. It has adjustment screws, but none of them reach far enough to offer much in the way of actual adjustment. Will probably have to source some of these.
     
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    Sounds like a labor of love, talk about perseverance. There are craftsmen and then there are artists. This is like a story, a long time in telling, that could have an interesting ending. Will you play it, or will a grandchild? :)
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    FWIW, on some of the very late SML horns, they had adjustment screws, but they didn't do anything. I'm not necessarily saying that another manufacturer of a completely different instrument did that, but I'd say it's possible.
     
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    I have a goal of becoming semi-competent at Clarinet by the time I put a reed and mouthpiece on this thing. So far, I am easily on track.... :)

    I'm going to maybe try to drill down the countersink on these screws. Right now, I am down to the fun parts, padding and wood cosmetics.
     
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