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Wed, Feb. 28th, 2007, 07:37 pm
limey_flavored:

Hey bassoonists. I'm having some trouble with my whisper key. Its sticking down, and I can't seem to fix it. Its definitely NOT that the pad is super sticky, and its definitely not the whisper-key lock. The mechanism is well-oiled. The problem has something to do with the spring. Its not tense enough or something, because it just isn't forcing the whisper key back when I lift my thumb.

Does anyone know how I can fix this, or perhaps know another reason that could be causing this?

It's very urgent that I fix it, because I have a concert this weekend (and my whisper key sticking down is totally messing up my upper register). Unfortunately, my private teacher is out of town until next week, so I can't talk to him about it. And more unfortunately, I'm in college and I don't live around here, and neither does my bassoon repair guy.

If anyone has any ideas, I would be so greatfull to hear them!

Thu, Mar. 1st, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
sorcycat

Your repair guy might be able to advice you over the phone. I don't know about your bassoon, but my 'spring' is just a wire that puts tension on the key mechanism to open it up. On my bassoon, I could unhook the wire, bend it in the direction that will cause more tension, and then hook it back on. If this doesn't seem logical for your bassoon, definitely call the repair guy.

Thu, Mar. 1st, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
limey_flavored

That is exactly what I did and it didn't do anything. I actually just called my repair guy a little while ago and it turns out he's on vacation and is unreachable!

I am in such a pickle. :\