I thought folks would like to see the overview of a proper overhaul on this c.1920 Albert system:
The 1st photo shows the instrument before the job begins. The 2nd photo shows the instrument disassembled, swedged and countersunk (to tighten and quiet mechanism), and soaking in oil. The 3rd shows the instrument, after a few days of soaking in oil, with the body and keys buffed. I forgot to take a pic of pads and new cork being installed, so the last photo shows the completed horn, with new corks and tan leather pads, fully reassembled and adjusted for optimal playability, and with re-gilded logos.
Does your tech follow these procedures, or do a couple steps get skipped for the sake of speed and profit? It might be good to find out...
The Licorice Shtick Blog is the creation of the Vintage Clarinet Doctor, a Winston Salem, NC based woodwind instrument repair shop specializing in vintage and antique clarinets, saxophones, and the occasional flute.