Maintaining and Breaking In a Brand New Clarinet

By David Etheridge

Part of Clarinet For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you get home with your brand new clarinet, the first thing you may want to do is play it night and day. And that would be wrong. First, you need to do a little maintenance and break it in properly. Here’s how:

  • Apply a little cork grease to the corks the first three or four times you assemble the clarinet.

  • If the instrument is made of wood, play it no longer than 45 minutes a day for the first two weeks. This is called the break-in period, and most new clarinets do require it.

The advantage of composite, greenline clarinets is that they don’t need to be broken in and the bore retains its original dimensions throughout the life of the instrument.