Maintain your Clarinet
To keep your clarinet in the best condition, please follow these suggestions:
- Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to put together your instrument.
- NEVER force the parts of your instrument together.
- Clarinets play the best when a moist reed is used. Get into the habit of soaking the thin end of the reed in your mouth while you are assembling your clarinet.
- When assembling the clarinet you may need to apply a small amount of cork grease on each of the corked joints.
- When properly used, cork grease should allow you to assemble your clarinet without using excessive force.
- Always make sure that you have extra reeds, cleaning swabs and cork grease.
- Use cork grease as needed. Too little will cause the cork to crack.
- Do not leave the reed attached to the mouthpiece. This will shorten the life of the reed and cause it to collect germs.
- Wipe off your fingerprints from the keys after every use. A clean, non-treated cotton cloth will work the best.
- NEVER clean your clarinet with water.
- Clean out the moisture from your instrument with an absorbent cotton drop swab after every use.
- Clean the inside of all sections of the clarinet. Removing the moisture from your clarinet before putting it away each time will prolong the life of the pads.
- Always store your instrument in its case with the lid closed when not in use. This will lower the risk of damage.
- Do not put anything (including sheet music) inside the case with your instrument that does not belong. Closing the case with extra contents can cause damage to the delicate keys.
- Make sure that all the latches are securely closed before transporting your instrument.
- Do not leave your clarinet in the car or in direct sunlight. This could cause the instrument to crack.