• Instructions for clarinet care

Clarinet care and maintenance

 Assembly of your clarinet requires patience and care to avoid damage to the keys. Consult your teacher before attempting assembly.

When not using your instrument, keep it in its case to help protect it and prevent possible damage. Never store anything in the case that can contact the keys like music. The added pressure can cause the keys to bend.Your clarinet should never be set on the floor, tabletop or music stand where it could roll off and become damaged. Do not expose it to extremes in temperature or store in direct sunlight or near heat sources. Avoid getting it wet.

While playing, the inside of your clarinet collects moisture from warm air blown into it. This moisture must be removed daily to prevent damage and keep your instrument clean. After playing remove your reed from the mouthpiece,  wipe it off and store it in your reed guard. To clean the body, drop the weighted end of your swab through the mouthpiece and let it fall out the other end of the clarinet. Pull the swab gently through then repeat. Remove oils and perspiration that can damage the finish of the keys by gently wiping the outside of your instrument with a lint free polishing cloth.

Install the thumb rest cushion to make holding your clarinet more comfortable. Slide it over the thumb rest located on the back of the clarinet until it rests against the body.

The mouthpiece should be cleaned weekly using warm (not hot!) soapy water and the mouthpiece brush to remove deposits and keep your instrument sanitary. Keep the tenons (the cork covered joints where the clarinet fits together) clean and greased. Apply a small amount of cork grease if the instrument is difficult to assemble.

Plan to have your instrument serviced on a yearly basis by a qualified repair technician. Early summer is a great time to do this. Annual maintenance will keep your instrument in optimal playing condition for years to come.