Dear Mr Sherman,
your advice on mouthpieces was forgive the pun but music to my ears as I changed to An M13 and I have not looked back since.
However as you are aware that I have just purchased a brand new R13 Buffet and as you know it is wooden so I think you know what my question is as my friends developed a hairline cracke on the base of his.
His was two years old.
I have been told that the wood can be treated with Bore oil if this is so can you tell me how often should this be applied to the wood and is it fed through the inside of the wood rather than applied outside or can you do both sides of the wood.
I know this isnt a very musical question but I paid 1300 English pounds for my clarinet about 1,000 US Dollars and I want to keep it in good condition. Scotland, UK
——————————————————————————————–As far as crack prevention is concerned, bore oil is not the answer, at least not in my experience.
What will crack a clarinet are sudden changes in temperature, or extreme changes over the course of a short while. I would always open the clarinet case and allow the instrument to “breathe ” a bit prior to playing it. Also I would breathe some of my breath into the instrument also prior to playing same.
Always make sure that the instrument is dry before you put it away in the case and that there are no puddles of moisture, but also always make sure the the clarinet does not dry out. This can be achieved either by getting a “dampit”, the thing that string players use, or anything that will allow some moisture to keep the clarinet from drying out.
I have used orange peels because they also freshen it up a bit, if you like orange, and they are moist. When they get dry, throw them out and get some more.
Bore oil is to be used quite sparingly, especially inside the bore, and very very little outside. Do not let the oil get on the pads or you will suffer. The idea that bore oil keeps a clarinet from cracking is simply incorrect.
Buy a clarinet when the weather in your part of the world is not too dry or apt to plunge as far temperature is concerned. I prefer Spring. Certainly not in a the mean winter of the American or Canadian Northeast.
All of the above may help.
Also, of some possible use is advice given to me by several excellent woodwind repairpeople: Do not play the new instrument for long periods of time, rather a bit each day and then a bit more.