The Music & Families Repair Shop is here for all your instrument needs. We recommend a yearly check-up for your instrument at our shop. If your instrument becomes difficult to play, or if the joints become too tight or too loose, bring it in for inspection any time. Instruments should be brought in to our shop for checking and maintenance at least yearly in order to keep them playing well for you. You can do a lot to care for your instrument:
Assembly: Carefully twist and push the cork end of each joint into its matching joint, turning it back and forth until it is all the way in. Between the two large joints, the bridge key extends from the top large joint. This key is very important, and can easily be bent if you are not careful. Hold the top joint in your left hand, with your fingers over the ring holes on the front of the clarinet. This will cause the bridge key to lift up. Holding the second joint close to the bell with your right hand, slowly twist and push the first joint into the second.
Before playing your instrument, make sure your mouth is clean.
No food or soda for 45 minutes before playing. If you must eat, at least rinse your mouth with water. It would be best is to brush your teeth just before playing.
It’s also a good idea to wash your hands before playing.
Neglecting the cleaning will accelerate the decomposition of the pads and cause bacteria to build up inside. After playing, to protect your instrument, and your health, ALWAYS :
Dry the bore of the instrument using a silk cloth.
Remove the mouthpiece. Drop the weight through the bore and steadily and gently pull the swab through the tube to dry it.
Always remove and dry the reed. Drop the weight through the mouthpiece, and pull the swab through it.
Let the swab and the instrument air dry, by keeping the case open whenever possible. If not possible immediately after playing, open the case to let the instrument and swab dry as soon as possible.
Next, wipe the exterior of the instrument gently with the polishing cloth to remove fingerprints etc. Stay away from pads and corks. This is necessary to remove perspiration which often has a damaging effect on wood, lacquer, and metal.
When parts start to get difficult to assemble, use your cork grease on the corks.
Periodically, check that the tone holes are not getting plugged (with lint etc.).
NEVER share reeds or mouthpieces with others!
Clean horn = Good health
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Check pads, key corks, tenon corks, springs, screws rods. Bent keys are straightened and key corks, felts and key silencers are replaced as necessary. Mechanisms are oiled. Each key is leveled, adjusted and regulated. Includes cleaning of the mouthpiece and case. Pad replacement is additional.
Note: If fewer than half the pads need to be replaced, the instrument can be put in play condition. If more than half the pads need to be replaced, it’s more efficient and it will play better if it is repadded or mechanically overhauled.
The instrument is disassembled and cleaned. All keys are leveled, straightened, swedged, removing play and wobble, and fit between the posts. All pads are changed, and corks and springs are replaced as necessary. The instrument is reassembled, lubricated, regulated, and adjusted to like new playing condition.
Same as repad except all corks are replaced and keys are buffed or polished.
Tone hole work, part replacement other than pads, corks and springs, solder work, and other modifications e.g. special key work, tuning, or plating work.