Frequently Asked…


This is my first clarinet purchase.  How does this work?

The best thing is to call or email us so we can talk about your clarinet needs and your budget. We have a full range of clarinet inventory from student to professional models. We usually send several clarinets out on trial so that you or your child can select a favorite. Many of your questions will be answered on the website under the Clarinet tab (Selection Service, Models and Pricing, Trials) but feel free to reach out to us!


How do I break in my new clarinet?

This is a good question and a very important process after purchasing a new clarinet!

We recommend that you begin by playing your clarinet in short intervals, allowing it to rest at least one hour between sessions. A good rule of thumb is to start with 10 minute sessions, then increase those sessions by 5-10 minutes each day. Swab out and let your clarinet rest between intervals.

We recommend allowing at least three weeks for the break in process, before you play a full practice session or rehearsal on the instrument.


Should I humidify my clarinet case?

During the winter months it is important to keep your clarinet between 45% and 65% humidity. We recommend using Dampits or Humistat devices (easily found on the internet) to humidify your case.

Personally, I use two oboe Dampits- one between the joints of the Bb clarinet and one between the joints of the A clarinet in my double case.

Alcides as also attached a couple of Humistat hygrometers to the inside of his bass clarinet case (with Velcro) in order to monitor the humidity inside.

It is also good common sense to keep your clarinet at room temperature at all times… away from heaters and air vents and never left in a hot or cold car trunk…