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Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 20:51:20 -0800 (PST)
From: JJ McLallen
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]

> Beware of the VITO Contra. Leblanc sold a me lemon (through a
> dealer)
> Woodwind & Brasswind  (WW & BW) and did not do proper warranty
> work at the
> Leblanc factory. >

Actually ... beware WW & BW. I have heard lots of negative
things about them. One thing I've heard (wink wink, nudge nudge,
know what I mean, know what I mean, say no more) is that they
sell FACTORY SECONDS!!! That's why they can sell them so
cheaply. This is just a rumor (wink wink). They have threatened
to sue anyone who says so (nudge nudge).

AND, actually what I'm thinking is wrong is that the Leblanc
factory simply skimped on the amount of shellac they put in the
pad cups. It happens to all woodwind intstruments. I repadded a
Vito bass clarinet a year ago, and there was only ONE DROP of
shellac under each pad ... EVEN THE BIG ONES.

One thing I'd like to know ... What type of pads are in the
contras? Are they bladder pads (huge ones) or are they leather?

JJ - the young repair tech

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Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 08:38:05 EST
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]Zippers

Keep talking about Woodwind and Brasswind, and keep talking about pads, but
can I ask about zippers?  Once upon a time i tried to get two zippers
repaired.  One on a sax case, a pretty standard selmer case.  I  talked to a
fellow named Windy who worked for Selmer for years and at the time worked at
WW&BW. He sent me on a wild goose chase to a case manufacturer.  didn't get
the zipper fixed.  Anyone have experience in this area?  What did you wind up


Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 09:11:17 -0500
From: "John Webster"
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]Zippers

If I needed a zipper fixed (and I have for my gym bag and a few other things) I would take it to my (excellent and very experienced , 25 years same location) shoe repair man.  An easy job for him and he has the right equipment.  John

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