Your instrument is a valuable piece of equipment which will retain its value if looked after properly. Here are a few simple steps on how this should be approached.
When you have finished playing, the first thing you will need to do is to clean the inside of your clarinet using a pullthrough.
The most effective way to use the pullthrough is to first take off the mouthpiece, then hold the clarinet so that the bell is pointing upwards.
Put the weight down the bell of your Clarinet so that the weight falls through and appears at the end where the mouthpiece joins the Clarinet.
Use the Clarinet pullthrough two or three times to ensure the bore of the Clarinet is free from any moisture.
If you have a wooden Clarinet ensure that the sockets and inserts are dry after every use and are cleaned regularly.
Clean the keywork of your Clarinet with a silver cloth. This should be carried out every time you have finished playing.
Dry your mouthpiece and reed.
Due to the current worldwide health issues we would highly recommend that the following guidelines be adhered to:
- 1. Clean your mouthpiece at least on a weekly basis (not with hot water).
- 2. Never share other players' headjoints.
- 3. The use of Sterisol when cleaning would be advisable.
To ensure correct performance and a long life for your Instrument, it is recommended that you have your Clarinet serviced by a qualified repairer after 18 months to 2 years of playing.
If you have any doubts or queries please call us on 01628 630 800 and we will be glad to advise you.