Wind Instruments: Care & Maintenance
Music Showcase is committed to helping our customers find the greatest potential in their musical investment. For your convenience, we have put together this special care guide for your woodwind instrument. For the best use from your instrument, it is important that you give careful attention to the following recommendations.
*7th Chord Musicals provides this information without liability. Please consult our repair department if you have questions regarding the maintenance of your instrument.
Flute CareFlute Assembly
- Holding the top of the body (not the keys), attach the headjoint to the body. Do not push the headjoint all the way in. Leave about a quarter inch of room.
- Line up the embouchure hole with the center of the keys.
- Still holding the top of the body, attach the foot to the body with a gentle, twisting motion. Be very careful not to bend or twist the keys.
- The tenons work by friction and you should not use lubrication of any kind. If you are having trouble connecting them, use rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth to clean.
- The embouchure hole should center with the C key and the D post on the foot and the D tone hole on the body.
- Sterilize the lip plate.
- Occasionally, check the head cork placement by using your tuning/cleaning rod, which should be centered in the embouchure hole. Do not try to adjust the cork yourself.
- To clean the flute body, insert the corner of a lint-free cloth through the small hole at the top of the cleaning rod.
- Key oil can be used once a month or so, but be careful and use a small amount to avoid getting any on the pads.
Oboe CareOboe Assembly
- Attach the bell to the bottom joint. If you have a low Bb key, hold it closed while assembling the joints.
- Line up the posts so that the bridge keys will close the Bb.
- Assemble the upper and lower joints, holding the top of the upper joint and the bottom of the lower joint. Align the main key posts rather than the bridge keys.
- To assemble cork joints, gently twist the two parts until they come together.
- Hold the upper joint, avoiding any keys, and insert the reed all the way.
Clarinet CareClarinet Assembly
- Attach the bell to the lower joint.
- Attach the upper joint to the lower joint. Be careful not to put pressure on any keys.
- While holding the top of the upper joint, attach the barrel to it by twisting gently.
- Attach the mouthpiece to the barrel.
- Attach the reed and ligature to the mouthpiece.
- Move the swab through each joint and the barrel to remove all moisture. Tenons collect moisture, especially at the upper and lower joints, so moisture should be removed with gauze.
- When drying a pad, insert cleaning paper between it and the tone hole and lightly press down. Then, carefully pull paper away.
- Use a tone hole cleaner to remove build-up of residue in the tone holes.