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 Re: Resurrecting a clarinet after 3 decades of storage
Author: WinnieS 
Date:   2021-10-28 19:14

As far as I understand a wooden clarinet when played on a regular basis keeps its certain moisture contents inside the wood fibers.
Once left unplayed for long and in my case it's been a pretty long period it gets adapted to its new permanent "dry" state.
For some reason clarinets that were played regularly and then left in storage shrink in size as compared to new clarinets that were never played (there are such findings of never played oldies goodies from time to time).

Once a clarinet is being removed from storage and is started to be played hard without preparation it receives a burst of moisture from inside of the bore which is quite different from the clarinet that is being played regularly.

So it's wise to first adapt the wood to the moisture contents that it will receive anyway from the player's breath. In such a case moisture will not attack the wood from one direction rudely.
I would call it a "gentle passive wood warm up" for the lack of a better term.

Post Edited (2021-10-28 21:17)

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