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Caring for Wooden Clarinets

Caring for Wooden Clarinets

Your new Backun Clarinet or accessory is made from aged exotic hardwood and requires careful attention during the first few months of use to ensure a long life and optimum performance. This specific break-in procedure should be followed to allow your new Backun Clarinet to acclimatize to your particular region and playing regimen.

Break-In Period

This playing schedule will help allow your new Backun to help it acclimatize in a slow, controlled manner:

  • Play your new clarinet ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes at a time for the first two weeks, swabbing it thoroughly and allowing it to rest for at least four hours between sessions
  • In week three, play your new Backun Clarinet for up to thirty (30) minutes per session
  • In week four, play your new Backun Clarinet for up to sixty (60) minutes per session
  • After the first month, play your new Backun Clarinet as much as you like. Always remember to swab the inside and the joints of the clarinet after each session.

General Care Advice

Avoid playing the instrument until it has warmed to room temperature. You may open the case to allow air circulation, or place it inside a jacket.

Avoid playing your instrument if the temperature or humidity are not in a moderate range.

Swab the instrument regularly during playing sessions, making sure to dry the tenon sockets, too. Always make sure your swab is clean and washed on a regular basis!

It is advisable to humidify your instrument, especially if you live in a very dry area, or an area with sudden humidity changes. We suggest talking to your local technician and other clarinet players for advice on what's best to do in your particular climate.

Oiling the Bore

You may want to oil the bore of your clarinet on occasion. We recommend the use of pure sweet almond oil and NOT synthetic bore oils. Although you can do this yourself, we do recommend asking your favourite technician to do it for you, as incorrectly applied oil can cause unintended problems with your Backun Clarinet such as damage to the pads.

Following these steps will help ensure that your clarinet stays in top playing condition! If you have any questions or require further information, please contact your Backun Dealer, or email us: sales@backunmusical.com



Fit and Sizing

Barrels

FIT BRANDS
Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha, and most other brands
Standard Plus As above, larger bore for more free blowing feel

Selmer Paris

Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

Yamaha CSG

Yamaha CSG I, II and III

 

Bells

FIT BRANDS
Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha (including CSG), and most other brands
Selmer Paris Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

Vocalise Bb Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
R Hard Rod Rubber Close Short M13/15
G Hard Rod Rubber Medium Medium 5RV/M30/BD5
H Hard Rod Rubber Open Long B40/B45
CG Proprietary Synthetic Open Long BD4/B40
Z Hard Rod Rubber Extreme Open Long BD7

Vocalise Bass Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
CG
Proprietary Synthetic Open Long B46/B50

Alpha Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
Bb Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre
Bass Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre