WOODWIND CARE
Flute / Piccolo
Daily Care
  1. When removing your flute from its case never pick it up by its keys. Remove it by the ends where there are no keys.
  2. Put the flute together with a slow back-and-forth twisting motion, never push or pull the flute when assembling or disassembling. This can cause the instrument to become bent at the joints.
  3. Each time you put the flute together a small amount of debris will build-up on the tenons (this is normal), however, this can make it difficult to assemble. Wipe the tenons (joints) with a soft cloth before assembling.
  4. The use of lubricants on the tenons is not recommended - this can cause damage over time. The only exception to this rule is on some piccolos and wood flutes that have cork joints. You should apply a small amount of cork grease to these joints, as needed, to aid in assembly.
  5. After you are finished playing, use a cleaning rod with an absorbent cloth to swab out the inside of all parts to remove moisture. Carefully wipe off the outside of the flute to remove oils or perspiration caused by your hands.
  6. Store your flute in its case when not in use. This helps prevent damage and aids in keeping the instrument from tarnishing. Do not place anything in the case that can press on the flute, this can bend keys.

Monthly Care
Check all screws and pivots to see if they are coming loose. If they are, take your flute to a repair shop to have them adjusted. It is not suggested that you try and adjust them yourself because they can be over tightened or damaged.

Yearly Care
It is recommended that you have your instrument checked and adjusted by a repair shop. The shop may find adjustments or worn pads that are effecting the optimal performance of your instrument.

Clarinets
Daily Care

  1. When removing your clarinet from its case never pick it up by the keys. Remove it by the ends where there are no keys.
  2. When putting your clarinet together, first apply a small amount of cork grease to the tenon corks.
  3. Put the clarinet together with a slow back-and-forth twisting motion, never push or pull the clarinet when assembling or disassembling this can damage the tenon or tear the cork.
  4. When tightening the screws on the ligature, the device that holds the reed on the mouthpiece, take care not to over tighten them this can cause the screw to break.
  5. After you are finished playing, pull a cleaning swab through all parts of the clarinet to remove moisture. Carefully wipe off the outside of the instrument and keys to remove oils or perspiration caused by your hands.
  6. Always store your clarinet in its case when not in use, this helps prevent damage and aids in keeping the instrument clean. Do not place anything in the case that can press on the clarinet, this can bend keys.

Monthly Care
Check all screws and pivots to see if they are coming loose. If they are, take your clarinet to a repair shop to have them adjusted. It is not suggested that you try and adjust them yourself because they can be over tightened or damaged.

Yearly Care
It is recommended that you have your instrument checked and adjusted by a repair shop. The shop may find adjustments or worn pads that are effecting the optimal performance of your instrument.

Saxophone
Daily Care

  1. When removing your saxophone from its case never pick it up by the keys. Remove it by picking it up by the bell.
  2. When assembling your saxophone be sure to wipe the neck joint and inside of the receiver with a soft cloth this will make it easier to assemble.
  3. Apply a small amount of cork grease to the mouthpiece cork to help the mouthpiece move into position.
  4. When tightening the screws on the ligature, the device that holds the reed on the mouthpiece, take care not to over tighten them this can cause the screw to break.
  5. After you are finished playing, pull a cleaning swab through the saxophone to remove moisture. Carefully wipe off the outside of the instrument and keys to remove oils or perspiration caused by your hands.
  6. Always store your saxophone in its case when not in use, this helps prevent damage and aids in keeping the instrument clean. Do not place books or folders in the case, this can bend keys.

Monthly Care
Check all screws and pivots to see if they are coming loose. If they are, take your saxophone to a repair shop to have them adjusted. It is not suggested that you try and adjust them yourself because they can be over tightened or damaged.

Yearly Care
It is recommended that you have your instrument checked and adjusted by a repair shop. The shop may find adjustments or worn pads that are effecting the optimal performance of your instrument.

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