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Clarinet Roadshow => All about Clarinets => Topic started by: phil on September 17, 2012, 08:33:15 AM

Title: Parent\'s question: Other than the clarinet, what essentials do we need?
Post by: phil on September 17, 2012, 08:33:15 AM
Mavi asked this question:
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What do we really need to have on hand regularly?

Swabs
Cork grease
Pad savers
Wood oil (and what kind)
Did I leave anything off this list?

Also, I read that when not in use, clarinets should be kept in their cases.  Does this mean you do not recommend a clarinet stand?  I thought having it at the ready would promote daily practice.  Can I assume that as long as the temperature and humidity are not issues where the clarinet \"lives\", leaving it on a stand is fine?


Readers, feel free to chime in with your suggestions!
My answers:
Swabs
Yes. I like the silk ones from Muncy winds and other stores. But an old man\'s handkerchief and a chop stick to poke it through each section works great too.

Cork grease
This is not normally needed with the Valentino synthetic corks that I use. Just borrow some if your new corks joints are too hard to assemble. After a time or two, it won\'t be needed ever again. (And then the dirty grease won\'t get on clothes and the case.)

Pad savers
Definitely NOT. See the pad page under the Stuff link below.

Wood oil (and what kind)
I think it is a good idea (if you have a wooden clarinet), but maybe only once a year. I recommend Doctor\'s Products oil. See Oiling wood under the Stuff link below.

Did I leave anything off this list?
Reeds are the main thing. Beginning students go through a lot of them. Try to start with 2 1/2 strength and quickly move to number 3s. I really like the Legere plastic reeds, and they last forever if you care for them well. (Be careful of the tip when applying the ligature!)

Also, I read that when not in use, clarinets should be kept in their cases.  Does this mean you do not recommend a clarinet stand?  I thought having it at the ready would promote daily practice.  Can I assume that as long as the temperature and humidity are not issues where the clarinet \"lives\", leaving it on a stand is fine?

Having a stand promotes picking up the clarinet and playing. I like that idea! In that case it is handy to use a Legere reed, as one doesn\'t need to take it off and wet it. Just pick up the clarinet and play. The important thing is getting a stand that will not tip over. I like the Hercules stands for that reason. But if your daughter/son is keeping the clarinet on a stand and repeatedly playing it, be sure to have a schedule for cleaning and drying it before green ooze comes out the end. :dodgy: Let\'s say band is on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The clarinet is kept on a stand at home and played in between times. Then it would be good to swab out the horn when putting it in the case. Swab out the clarinet after long practice times. If you notice water coming out of tone holes, you are past due for swabbing out the clarinet.

Another good thing to have is NON-gummed cigarette paper. (Or buy the gummed kind and cut off the glue portion.) This is used to wick out the moisture from pads. (With Valentino pads, the moisture will not harm them. But they do grow yucky mold if they stay wet for long periods of time.)