“Immaculate Condition”

Yes; I know, it looks like Immaculate Conception. Which is a good way to describe an absolutelypristine clarinet, which are few and far between.Very frequently in lists and descriptions of clarinets that have been played by another or several others, the descriptive words can include “immaculate”.If attracted by the word, scrutinize the instrument very carefully

Immaculate means spotless, or undefiled, “spick and span”, having no discernible flaw at all.If these are the meanings of the word, then why do sellers of musical instruments, always “used”, use immaculate to describe them. I recently had a question from a person who was expressing interest in a clarinet from the 1970s that was described as immaculate.
My advice to readers who are also shoppers is to ignore the word unless it has a description of the spotlessness of the instrument.
First, an immaculate clarinet should be completely overhauled very recently.
This constitutes complete removal of all of the keys and the clarinet body soaked in organic oil in order to clean and redistribute the oil throughout the body of the clarinet. All of the keys, having been removed are also cleaned and polished. All of the needle springs replaced, and of course, all of the pads and all of the corks. This takes at least several days depending upon the particular technics employed by the technician. If done in a professional manner, it is usually quite costly, although prices vary.
Of course after all of this has been done, the clarinet must be completely refitted with the new pads and corks and in order to be able to do this requires considerable skill in seating and placing pads, springs and corks which serve to both aid in action of the instrument as well as making the instrument perform exactly as new.
So, if shopping for a clarinet which has been used , scrutinize the word “immaculate” carefully and take it in the literal sense, for very frequently it is used actually in a general way, and is more hyperbole than actually immaculate.

Best regards, Sherman


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