Woodwinds (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone)

Basic Instrument Care--Woodwinds

Students are expected to keep their instruments (including school-owned instruments) in proper working condition at all times.  Here are some tips for keeping your instrument in top shape:

  • Apply cork grease to all joint corks every day before you play.This will greatly prolong the life of the corks.(School instruments with torn corks may result in a damage charge for “neglect.”)It costs around $10-20 per cork for a repair shop to replace corks.Use the cork grease!!!
  • Swab out your instrument every day with the appropriate swab.If you are unsure how to do this, ask for help.
  • Keep your instrument in its case when not in use.This will avoid the “I have no idea how that happened!” damage.
  • Never get your instrument wet!(Do not bathe it.That is for brass instruments only.)The pads could fall off.
  • Once a week, check over your instrument to make sure that all pads and corks are intact.Also check for any screws that are sticking out from the ends of rods.Ask Mr. Norris to tighten them before school (not during class, please).Do not wait until the screw falls out and then try to find it in the carpet.Also, do not tighten any screws on your own.Some screws are only for adjustment and will cause your instrument to not play if they are moved.
  • If you have a reedsaver, USE IT!!!It will save you a great deal of money over the life of your instrument.
  • Wipe fingerprints and hand oils from your flute or saxophone daily or weekly (with a soft cloth or a polishing cloth) to retain its original finish.