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Clarinet was the first woodwind I learned to play back in the 7th
Grade, and Bass Clarinet has always been one of my favorite
instruments! A couple of years ago a gentleman brought in his
Bass Clarinet in for adjustment. Just for the fun of it he
decided to bring along his Leblanc “Paperclip” style Contra
Bass. He explained that he purchased it over 20 years ago,
but had never been able to get it to play. I could see the
instrument had been dropped and the problem was that ONE tone hole was
bent. I knocked out the dent, straightened out the key, and
he was able to play it for the first time since he bought it!
The whole repair only took about 30 minutes.
Adjust as needed...often
done while you wait.
Clean, oil and adjust:
The instrument is taken apart and cleaned. That includes
applying a heavy coat of oil to the inside and outside of a wooden
body. When the excess oil is wiped off it cleans away any
dirt and grime. All of the pivot points on the keys are
cleaned, as well as all of the pivot rods. Pads, key corks,
and tenon corks are replaced as needed.
ranges from around $100 for a student model clarinet up to around $300
for a pro model. Other voice clarinets (Alto, Bass, etc) per
All of the same steps as in a clean, oil and adjust, plus all pads and
key corks are replaced. Tenon corks are replaced as
needed. Keys are cleaned and lightly
polished. Additional polishing to high gloss finish is
available for additional cost.
Repair cost per hour: $80
OTHER CLARINET SERVICES
services listed for Clarinet are available for all sizes of clarinets,
from Eb soprano to BBb Contra Bass. If your instrument has a
metal-to-metal joint fit, that will respond to fine tuning exactly the
same as a sax neck or flute headjoint (see my article on The Art of Fitting a Sax Neck).