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Flute Care

Flute 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.

Cleaning and maintenance

  • 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.

Clarinet Care

Clarinet 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.

Cleaning the Body and Pads

  • 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.

Saxophone Care

Saxophone Assembly

  • Hold onto the bell and neck when assembling the saxophone. Be careful not to bend any of the keys.
  • When attaching or adjusting the mouthpiece, hold onto the neck. This will help you avoid bending the neck.

Saxophone Tips

  • Never leave the neck strap attached to your sax when you put it in the case.
  • The use of a tenon plug is essential for the safety of the octave mechanism.
  • Accidental bending of the octave key is the most common damage to saxophones, and will cause your horn to not respond correctly.

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