FIGURE 1. Apply the provided cork grease to all the joints,
including the mouthpiece (this does not need to be done every
time as it may only be required if the clarinet is hard to put
together). Please note that the cork will naturally compress
over time with continued use.
FIGURE 2. Holding the edge, take the
lower joint from the case (this is the biggest part of the
clarinet) and hold it so that the two large keys and the key
cluster are facing you.
FIGURE 3. Place your hand and press down on the two
large keys with your palm, making sure your thumb is resting on
the large key.
FIGURE 4. Now wrap your left fingers
around the larger key ring and depress – This will lift the
bridge key also, which will
allow you to join the parts together smoothly. It is extremely
important to lift the bridge key, as not doing this can result
in the cork tearing off.
FIGURE 5. With your hands moving in opposite
directions, push and twist a small amount back and fourth to
ease the two parts together. Do not attempt to screw the parts
together or move them in any great amount as there is the
potential of the key clusters contacting and possibly becoming
misaligned or bent.
FIGURE 6. To perfectly align the upper
and lower joints, ensure the two metal balls are in a straight
line – This will automatically align all the keys as well.
FIGURE 7. To attach the bell, hold the clarinet in your
left hand and in a similar way as you attached the previous two
parts and twist on the bell.
FIGURE 8. Now holding the clarinet in
exactly the same way as when attaching the upper and lower
joints, attach the barrel (FIGURE 9).
FIGURE 10. To correctly attach and
align the mouthpiece, the register key must be facing you
directly. Hold the upper joint and slip on the mouthpiece.
FIGURE 11. The flat part of
the mouthpiece (known as the table) should line up with the
register key on the upper joint.
FIGURE 12. The next step is to install
the reed. Place the reed centrally on the flat part of the
mouthpiece and hold it in position with your thumb.
FIGURE 13. To secure the reed, slip on
the ligature at the point where the reed is unshaven and tighten
the screws well. The clarinet should now be set up correctly and
all that remains is to moisten the reed for a minute in your
mouth before you start playing and enjoy!
IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO
DRY YOUR CLARINET AFTER EVERY USE AS THE PADS CAN DETERIORATE
AND THE INSIDE OF THE INSTRUMENT CAN BECOME MOULDY. THE BEST WAY
TO DRY YOUR CLARINET IS BY LETTING NATURAL AIR CIRCULATE
THROUGHOUT, BUT IF THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE - USE THE PULL THROUGH
DRYING CLOTH PROVIDED.