Care and Maintenance of a Clarinet
Points to remember about the body

The body of a clarinet is made out of a natural wood. Since rapid changes in temperature and humidity may cause cracks in the body or make the instrument difficult to assemble, please bear the following points in mind.
(With the exception of those made from plastic.)

  1. In winter, wait until the entire instrument has acclimatized to room temperature before playing it.
  2. Rapid changes in the temperature of the instrument may cause the keys to seize up, or result in cracks in the body.
  3. Do not play for too long with a new instrument.
  4. During the first two weeks of using a new instrument, do not play it for more than 20-30 minutes at a stretch.
  5. Before using the instrument, apply a small amount of cork grease to the end face to make it moisture-proof.
  6. After using the instrument, thoroughly wipe off any moisture from the internal surfaces of the body.
  7. Thoroughly wipe off any moisture from the end face of the joint as well.
  8. If possible, use a cleaning swab to wipe off any moisture from the internal surfaces of the body during breaks in playing too.