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Clarinet

The clarinet is a musical instrument that belongs to the woodwind family. It has a long and                                                  fascinating history that dates back several centuries. Around the mid-19th century, a new                                                    system of keywork known as the Boehm system was introduced to the clarinet. The Boehm system, developed by Theobald Boehm for the flute, featured a complex key mechanism that enhanced the clarinet's technical capabilities and intonation.

Several clarinet manufacturers continued to refine the instrument in the 20th century. Innovations included the addition of more keys, the development of different clarinet sizes (such as the E-flat clarinet and bass clarinet), and the use of new materials such as hard rubber and plastic (resin) for manufacturing.

Regular servicing of a clarinet is essential to ensure its optimal performance, longevity, and tonal quality. Here is an overview of the typical services offered for clarinets:

  1. Inspection: The clarinet is carefully examined for any visible damage, such as loose tenon joints, bent keys, loose or misaligned parts, or signs of wear.

  2. Disassembly: The clarinet is disassembled into its individual components, and some keys are removed. This allows for better access during the cleaning and adjustment processes.

  3. Cleaning: Each component of the clarinet is cleaned using specialized cleaning agents and tools. This includes sterilising the bore, removing dirt, dust, and as much accumulated residue from the mouthpiece, body, keys, and tone holes as possible.

  4. Adjustment: Over time, clarinet keys can become misaligned or bent, affecting the instrument's playability. Our skilled technician will adjust the keywork to ensure proper alignment and eliminate any mechanical issues, such as sticking or sluggish keys.

  5. Pad and cork replacement: The pads on the clarinet's keys form a seal against the tone holes, allowing for proper sound production. Over time, these pads can wear out or become damaged, leading to air leaks and diminished sound quality. Clarinets have cork joints, such as the tenon cork and key corks, which can deteriorate with use. A standard service will include the replacement of up to 4 pads, 4 key corks at no extra charge. If tenon cork replacement is required we will text you a quote prior to replacement.

  6. Spring Adjustment: The springs in a clarinet provide tension and help the keys return to their resting position after being pressed. If a spring becomes weak or breaks, it can affect the key's responsiveness. Adjusting or replacing damaged or worn springs can restore the instrument's playability.

  7. Lubrication: Lubricating the key mechanisms and moving parts of the clarinet helps to reduce friction and ensure smooth operation. Specialized lubricants are used for this purpose to maintain the instrument's functionality.

  8. 1.       Assembly and Final Play Test: After all the necessary adjustments and maintenance tasks are completed, the clarinet is reassembled. A final play test is conducted to ensure that the clarinet is in optimal playing condition, with good intonation, response, and tonal quality.

The price of a standard service is $170.00 for a clarinet and $190.00 for a bass clarinet.

It doe not include: Tenon cork replacement, replacement of cracked or damaged body components, tenon ring replacement, thumb rest replacement. Full repad/ overhaul- all of these services will need to be quoted on by the technician.

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