|Rubber Bands, Chewing Gum, & Emergency
"What?", you say. What do
rubber bands and chewing gum have to do with emergency instrument repair? The main thing
that they have to do with it is that they work, they are temporary, they are fast, and
they are safe. If a pad falls out take a very small piece of chewed chewing gum and put it
on the back of the pad, put the pad back in the cup and press the pad into the tone hole.
Because the gum is sticky and not rigid the pad stays in place and the seat of the pad
will adjust itself.
Rubber bands are the natural replacement for broken springs. Scotch
tape will do a good job of sealing a leaky spit valve. Because all of these repairs are
temporary they get you going in a pinch, and the student will need to seek more permanent
repairs on his own.
Lastly, they are safe. You won't have to worry about scorching a plastic clarinet body
with a lighter or match, and you won't have to worry about stabbing the end of your finger
with a broken spring. We will be covering more emergency repair procedures in the future.