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Old 06-08-2006, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default Teflon or no Teflon

Hello,

I have been having a debate on the subject of using Teflon tape on the lower pins on drones with a band mate. It is my opinion that because these joints are adjusted allot, its good practice to use it there. I don't use it anywhere else unless its a quick fix in a hurry.

This fellow in the band is saying "I would never use Teflon on wood" meanwhile he used dental floss never mind the fact the Teflon is used over the hemp anyway.

Both my sons and I use Teflon and with a simple twist, the drones adjust either up or down in micro adjustments due to the threading characteristics of the Teflon tape.

So, all you experts,, lemme know what you think!
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Old 06-08-2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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There are lots of very experienced players using teflon. I like to use the thicker pale yellow teflon that is used for gas lines. I like to think it goes nicely with my yellow hemp!
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Old 06-08-2006, 02:50 PM   #3
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Your reasons for using tape are spot on. Like everything in piping there will be people with other opinions. Dental floss is a no no as it is abrasive, teflon is not. apart from astecits and peer pressure, feel free to use teflon if you are happy with it.
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Old 06-08-2006, 03:06 PM   #4
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Keep using Teflon so my dad gets his retirement checks.
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Old 06-08-2006, 03:29 PM   #5
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So long as you don't mind continually adding tape, I don't see any disadvantage. It's designed to crush, so it will compact and become smaller and then gradually it will creep past the lower hemp stops. There is a guy in our band with a new set of McCallums that uses only teflon tape, and his pipes developed a cracked upper tenor section or a stock, I don't recall which. I don't see how use of teflon tape could be the cause. The part was quickly replaced by McCallum. I like to use yellow hemp because to me its more stable. To each their own!
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Old 06-08-2006, 03:30 PM   #6
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Jim McGillivray recommends it in his "Pips Ready" video, so I tried it.

Now I wouldn't use anything else. It makes it very easy to make small adjustments.
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Yeah, but he stole the line "Pips Ready", from Gladys Knight - so can he really be trusted?

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ohhhhhhhh.....

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We have just had an exhaustive thread on this topic already! I would love to repeat what I said, however I am not that good at typing!
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We have just had an exhaustive thread on this topic already! I would love to repeat what I said, however I am not that good at typing!
I'll save you the trouble...here
http://www.bobdunsire.com/cgi-bin/ub...=004776#000000 and here
http://www.bobdunsire.com/cgi-bin/ub...1;t=004717;p=1
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