An old friend/repairman suggested a mild soap and water solution.
Using an eye dropper drop a couple of drops into the top joint,
making certain the solution trails along the bottom of the joint
and of course away from the tone holes. The idea is that this
provides a slick surface and the water will follow the slick
course. It seems to work for me, however, keep the cigarette
Along with your suggestion, I always shake out the register key
and all the side tone holes by tapping the clarinet against the
heel of my hand, with the keys in question open if possible. Much
of the condensation is liquid that has rested there since the last
time you played and that is the way to approach water-soaked pads
and the inevitable interruption of sound.
Gino Cioffi, principal of the Boston Symphony and one of my
teachers, used to pull the articulated G# key up and off the wood
with his fingers in order to make sure that the pad was not soaked
and therefore stuck, and would not open through the movement of an
articulated motion. Just a habit mind you, but born out of a
potential problem. I always shake out all pads, blow any moisture
across the tone hole away from the springs and then swab one more
time in order to be reasonably sure.
Sincerely, and with best wishes