Clarinet Manual: How to Buy, Set Up and Maintain a Boehm System Clarinet

Clarinet Manual: How to Buy, Set Up and Maintain a Boehm System Clarinet


By (author) Stephen Howard

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  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 272mm x 18mm | 880g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Somerset
  • ISBN 10: 085733056X
  • ISBN 13: 9780857330567
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 205,424

Product description

The clarinet is undoubtedly one of the most popular of all woodwind instruments, capable of a breathtaking range of expression - but beneath its beauty lies a mechanism that needs regular care and attention if it is to perform at its best. This Haynes Manual, featuring step-by-step instructions and extensive colour photography, explains how the instrument works, how its mechanism functions and what can be done to maintain it and improve its performance by using professional set-up techniques with few or no specialist tools. Packed with advice, tips and tweaks, this manual is essential reading for everyone who plays the clarinet.

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Author information

Stephen Howard has been a professional repairer for over 30 years, and a player for even longer. He has an international reputation for his down-to-earth approach that cuts through the myth and jargon and gets straight to the point in an informal and engaging style.

Table of contents

Choosing and buying a clarinet. The keywork described - how it works and what can go wrong. Lubrication and preventing wear. Recorking loose joints. Caring for and treating wooden bodies. Removing and refitting the keywork. Setting up the action - improving the feel and tweaking for performance. Trouble-shooting common problems - tricks, tips and trade secrets. Major problems - when to call on a repairer.