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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000942.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: Bore Oil
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 16:44:08 -0500

There are a number of good ways to maintain humidity in a clarinet case.
I've never tried the plastic bag idea, but it sounds interesting. You can
also purchase little dampits from a local music shop - they are designed
for use with string instruments, but you can get the smaller ones and use
them inside each joint of the clarinet. Basically, they are a simple
yellow sponge in the shape of a noodle surrounded by green rubber with
holes scattered throughout the rubber casing. You simply soak the Dampit
in water, wipe off the excess and slide the dampit into the upper and
lower joints of the clarinet. Another trick is to purchase the little
vials used in cigar humidors that you fill with water. The amount of
moisture escaping can be controlled, and the vial fits easily in amost any
size clarinet case. cost is only about $.95!

If it makes you feel any better Antoine, Bill Brannen would have replaced
all of your pads with his handmade ones anyway.....that's part of his

Roger Garrett

On Mon, 22 Dec 1997, Antoine T Clark wrote:

> I was told to oil my clarinet once every six months. I got a little
> carried away with having a new clarinet and I made the pads a little brown
> and nasty. I recently sent it to Bill Brannen and all the pads have been
> replaced. I now wrap my upper and lower joints in plastic subway sub bags
> to keep it from cracking in the dry winter. Does anyone else use this
> method? The bags help keep moisture. I got this idea from my teacher. I
> think it is a great alternative to oiling your clarinet so much.
> *********************
> Virginia Commonwealth
> Univ.

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