Clarinet Maintenance, Service & Repair

Clarine Repair

Servicing, repair and overhaul of clarinets is done on our premises, using quality imported spares. We charge according to an hourly rate for labour (R450.00), and additional costs for any spares used. Should you wish to receive a quotation, kindly contact us so that we may view the instrument(s), and provide you with the neccessary advice.

Basic Clarinet Care Tips

Lubricate the tenon corks to avoid using excessive force during assembly of the clarinet. Excessive force will result in damage to the corks, or the keywork.

Clarinet Parts

The ligature and reed should be removed from the mouthpiece before inserting the mouthpiece into the barrel.

Never expose the clarinet to excessive temperatures (i.e. avoid leaving the clarinet in the car on a hot day).

The inside of the clarinet should be cleaned after use, including the mouthpiece, using a soft cloth pull-through. Chewing gum and sugary items are harmful to the pads, and should be avoided before playing the clarinet. Lip gloss should also be removed before playing the clarinet.

Key oil should be applied periodically, in small quantities, to the pivot points. Take care that no oil comes into contact with the pads. 

Use cleaning paper to clean the pads. Insert the paper between the pad and the tone hole, press down lightly and carefully pull the paper out. 

Never store music books inside the clarinet case as this may cause damage to the keys.

Wooden Clarinets: Place several drops of bore oil on a seperate cloth, and run the cloth through the sections of the clarinet several times. This should be done about twice a year to prevent the clarinet from cracking.  Avoid using more oil than necessary.

Never run water through the clarinet, or immerse the instrument in water.

Never use any materials or oils that are not specifically designed for clarinet maintenance. 

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