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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000032.txt from 2002/05

From: "Jay Webler" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Breaking in new clarinet
Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 09:47:13 -0400

At the store I teach at it is recommended that you not spend more than 15
on each session. This allows the Clarinet to absorb the moisture slowly.
You may experience
some swelling in the tenon joints which will make it more difficult to put
the Clarinet together. If
this should happen, than take it to the store that you bought it at to have
the technician make
an adjustment as soon as possible. After a couple of weeks you may increase
the sessions a little, perhaps up to a half an hour, but I would swab the
Clarinet out every 10 minutes.

Unfortunately, in the area of break in, you end up in the area of folklore
and many opinions will be brought forth. This is what has worked for me,
and I have not heard of a lot of Clarinets being brought back to the store
because of cracking.

Jay Webler
Jay's Clarinet and Percussion

----- Original Message -----
From: <>
Subject: [kl] Breaking in new clarinet

> Is there a best way to break in a new clarinet? I have just purchased a
> instrument and the book that came with it says the clarinet should not be
> played for long periods at first. Since no amount of time is specified,
> not sure what that means... not more than 15 minutes...? not more than an
> hour...? and at what point can I play as long as I want? I also read
> somewhere that a new clarinet tends to play flat for awhile. I have
> this to be true, at least with this horn. At what point will the
> become more "true"...? Also, are there any suggestions as far as using
> oil or anything else with regard to breaking in this brand new
> Any help is appreciated.
> Rob Gati
> Melrose, MA
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------


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