Care of Your Rental Clarinet

Congratulations on choosing the clarinet! We're excited for you to start on your musical journey! Here are some tips to help you take care of the clarinet. If you have any other questions or concerns, visit our shop and speak to a technician! We'll be happy to help you out.


  • To properly pick up the instrument, insert a finger into the end of the component and lift directly up; do not pick up the instrument by any of the keys.
  • Cork grease is necessary for proper assembly of the instrument; however, it need not be applied with every assembly. Feel the cork with your fingers: if it feels dry, apply cork grease. If the cork does not feel dry, and the student has difficulty assembling the instrument, bring it in to Tim's Music for servicing.
  • After each playing, the inside of the entire interior of the instrument needs to be swabbed out so that the moisture can be removed.
  • When placing instrument components back in the case, each component fits into the molding only one way; pay attention with each piece as improper storage may lead to damage.
  • To clean the outside of the instrument, use a clean, soft, dry cloth to remove fingerprints and other buildup. No liquid should be used as liquid can ruin the leather pads.