The Melting of an Instrument

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 2:00 am 26 comments

What’s going on at our house lately?  Broken mini-vans, broken cameras, and now this?! 

mouthpieceI have been making quite a reputation for myself as the Queen of the Obvious.  So here I go again:  clarinet mouthpieces and flat irons don’t mix.

We have bought into the concept of  multipurpose living areas.  Two kids using the same space can only lead to sharing and perfect harmony, right?  Well, this is what happens when Clarinet Diva and Flowing Hair Diva occupy the same place in the time space continuum. 

Instrument diva practices clarinet and then leaves it on the counter.  Flowing hair diva uses the same space to flat iron hair.  To make a long story short the clarinet mouthpiece turned into fondue.  This is a problem because:

  1. You can’t play a clarinet with a warped mouthpiece
  2. The concert was to occur the following night; and
  3. Clarinets are expensive – can you replace only the mouthpiece?

clarinet 3After some frantic Googling, I found out that  you can indeed buy only the mouthpiece.  Thank God they are made in sections (good for storage and cleaning)!  The next day I hussled over to the music store (25 minute drive), purchased the new mouthpiece, and dropped the instrument off at the school in time for music class.  Success – on one hand…  On the other hand, I can’t affort to keep replacing all this stuff!!!

Moral of the story:  Stuff happens…sometimes lots of stuff happens in a short period of time.  Nonetheless be positive and “git her done”.  Although it may feel like the end of the world, it isn’t.  As Hubby said “it’s not about the problem, it’s about the solution”.  (He said this a couple days after yelling at us for being careless.)

Go out there and have a great day everybody!

(pictures from here and here)

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26 Comments Add your own

  • 1. emma  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 2:44 am

    ok – i LOVE that you shared that he yelled… hahaha. but I love his enlightenment even more… I just may have to use it. “It’s not about the problem, it’s about the solution”. I too have felt like it is one thing after the other lately – especially in terms of money and finances.

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    • 2. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 5:24 am

      Yeah, we’re big on enlightenment after the fact around these parts (me included)… and the finances post will be coming soon.

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  • 3. maidinmalaysia  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 2:50 am

    take care and you stay in one piece:-)

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    • 4. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 5:21 am

      Thank you!. I will certainly try.

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  • 5. Mom Gone Mad  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 7:19 am

    (He said this a couple days after yelling at us for being careless.)

    LOL!!!

    You know what they say – Everything is clearer in the rear view mirror:-)

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    • 6. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:27 am

      Absolutely!

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  • 7. cindy  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 7:56 am

    LOL…this is the first time I have ever heard of something like this happening to a clarinet…

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    • 8. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:26 am

      We do try to be innovative 😀

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  • 9. Tony  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 8:29 am

    The melted mouthpeice may have given it an individual sound. The melted plastic couldn’t have been to good for the iron either

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    • 10. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:25 am

      Miraculously, the flat iron survived unscathed.

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  • 11. Doraz  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Wow, this is so strange for me! It made me remember the problems I had with my two boys and the saxophone we had! That mouthpiece situation is something that many people do not understand! I love how you found the solution, without too much craziness! Have a great week!

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    • 12. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Luisa, you too!

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  • 13. Jax  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

    How was the concert?

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    • 14. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

      The concert was great! Thank you.

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  • 15. Sudharsana Srinivasan  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Dont we love for our kids to be creative and innovative 😉 Kudos to them on this one !!!

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    • 16. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

      Yeah, I’m not sure the world is ready for clarinet fondue!

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  • 17. Gary  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Great story Era! Like they say, “sometimes when it rains, it pours”.

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    • 18. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Gary. But seriously, when do we catch a break over here?!

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  • 19. Nelia  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

    If only hubbies would drop their precious pearls of wisdom (as well as an actual helping hand) in the moment…

    Mama to the clarinet rescue.

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    • 20. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:50 am

      As always, right?

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  • 21. Vasan  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Nice Job defending your hubby… C’mon gather all your strength and go for it… Tell em all how supportive hubby’s can be and those pearls of wisdom’s are just those words to put a bow on the act :)…

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    • 22. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 5:25 pm

      Notice how you said “put a bow on the act – act being the operative word? Do you think Hubby is putting on an act? Anyway, you’re right, he does mean well.

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  • 23. Vasan  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    God!!! Act=Action;Act is NOT for Actor 🙂 First a wordsmith… Now hubby’s an actor :(.. It keeps getting worse… I should ask you to stop defending… i can only see it getting worse :)… I suppose Hubby’s can never win 😦

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    • 24. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm

      He ended up with me didn’t he? That makes him a winner!

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  • 25. wordjunkie  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    LOL at that last bit. Glad it worked out well.
    Picture of liquidized mouthpiece,please.

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    • 26. Era  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 9:23 pm

      Alas, tis already disposed of.

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