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Care & Maintenance

Clarinet

How to assemble your clarinet?

Assemble the barrel and the top joint. Hold the top joint with the left hand, taking care not to apply any excessive force to the keys.
Firstly, apply cork grease Buffet Crampon thinly to the joint corks to make assembly easier.
Note: Cork grease needs to be applied every time when the assembly is difficult.
Never use force to avoid instrument from cracking.
Special instructions for Divine clarinets :
The tenons on your Buffet Crampon Divine clarinet are lined with synthetic cork. We have chosen this material for its reliability and the consistent precision it lends to adjustment. It never tears; never wears out. Your clarinet is easy to assemble. Synthetic cork has memory, which means that it returns
to its original form after being compressed, so your clarinet will always be perfectly assembled. The upkeep of your instrument is simplified as greasing the tenons is not necessary. If you wish to grease the corks of tenons, it is recommended to use the special cork grease included with the Divine clarinet.
Assemble the bottom joint and the bell. Take care not to apply any excessive force to the keys.
Assemble the top and the bottom joints. Hold the top joint with the left hand and the bottom joint and the bell with the right hand. Line up the correspondence keys.
Make sure that the stampings on each joint are in line with each other.

Insert the mouthpiece into the assembled instrument. Then fix the ligature and a dampened reed on the mouthpiece.
Note: take care not to damage the mouthpiece top or the reed with the ligature. After playing, cap mouthpiece to protect it and the reed from damage.

How to take part your clarinet?
Disassemble in reverse order.

Maintenance
Daily care
1. To prevent corrosion, wipe the keywork with the dry polishing cloth provided after each performance.
2. Always use the Buffet Crampon case provided for the instrument. Too tight or too loose a case may cause bending of keys.
3. Under no circumstances use oil, solvents or anticorrosive products.

Pitch
The pitch of a wind instrument is greatly affected by temperature. The Buffet Crampon clarinet are designed to reach its pitch when it is played for four minutes in a room of average temperature (20°c).

Pitch adjustment
1. When the barrel – top joint is pulled out: the pitch of the instrument generally lowers, but especially the notes in the upper part of the top joint.
2. When the top joint – bottom joint are pulled out: the pitch of the instrument generally lowers, but especially the notes in the upper part of the bottom joint.

To prevent cracks on the body
1. In the case of a new instrument, do not play it continuously for more than 30 minutes daily during the first month.
2. Avoid any rapid change of temperature and humidity.
For instance, do not leave the instrument in the blazing sun, outdoor in winter, or near an airconditioner or heater.
3. Before putting the instrument in the case, dry the bore completely with your pullthrough (swab).
4. No bore oil, etc. needs to be used to prevent cracks in a new instrument. Observing the precautions in 1. and 2. is sufficient.
Note: Should any wooden instrument crack, it will never affect the intonation and tone quality if the instrument is properly repaired.

Use of the swab provided
1. Whilst playing the instrument, use the swab frequently. If water collects in the tone hole, bubbling and welling of pads with consequent leakage will badly affect the performance. If so, dry pads with cigarette paper.
Note: Pass a swab through the bell towards the barrel. It may otherwise be caught by a tube protruding inwardly in the upper part of the top joint.
2. When the swab is soiled, replace it with a new one. If a soiled or a fluffy one resulting from over washing is used, dust may collect in the tone holes.
3. Do not put a wet swab in the case with the instrument. The wet swab may cause rust on the springs and the discoloration of the keywork.


Bass Clarinet

Assembly:
Firstly, apply Buffet Crampon cork grease thinly to the joint corks to make the assembly easier.
NB : cork grease needs to be applied every time when the assembly is difficult. Never use force to avoird insturment from cracking.

  1. Assemble the top joint with the bottom joint.
    Hold the top joint with the left hand and the bottom joint with the right hand and insert, taking care not to apply any excessive force to the keys. Make sure that on each joint are line with each oher.
  2. Assemble the bottom joint and the bell.
    Hold the joint part of the bell with the left hand and the bottom joint with the right hand and assemble.
    The instrument descending to low Eb also has a key on the bell. Keep holding the cap of the key on the bell so that the key on the bottom joint will not hit the key on the bell.
  3. Fix the pin to the bell firmly with the screw.
  4. Assemble the bocal and the top joint. Hold the joint part of the bocal with the right hand and the top joint with the left hand near the bocal.
  5. Fix the reed to the mouthpiece.
    Mount the ligature on the mouthpiece and slip in the dampened reed. Then tighten the screw of the ligature. Put the reed straight with the mouthpiece.
    Note : take care not to damage the mouthpiece top or the reed with the ligature. After playing, cap the mouthpiece to protect it and the reed from damage.
  6. Assemble the mouthpiece with the bocal. Hold the bocal with the left hand near the joint of the mouthpiece supporting from the bottom and the mouthpiece with the right hand, and assemble.

Disassembly of the instrument
Diassemble in reverse order


Saxophone

How to take apart your saxophone?

  1. Always handle the body of your saxophone from the bell or body tube without putting pressure against the keys or rods.  Excessive pressure on the keys or rods can cause them to bend and not seal or work properly.
  2. Be sure the neck tenon and receiver are clean and free of debris, moisture, or corrosion.
  3. Insert the neck tenon into the neck receiver.  Be careful not to apply too much downward pressure on the neck, as this may cause the neck to bend.
  4. Apply cork grease to the mouthpiece cork at the end of the neck so the mouthpiece may be put on easily and without force.
  5. Attach the reed and ligature to the mouthpiece.  Note:  take care not to damage the mouthpiece top or the reed with the ligature. After playing, cap mouthpiece to protect it and the reed from damage.

How to take part your saxophone?

Disassemble in reverse order.

Maintenance
> Daily care

  1. To prevent corrosion, wipe the body and keywork with the dry polishing cloth provided after each performance.
  2. Always use the Buffet Crampon case provided for the instrument. Too tight or too loose a case may cause bending of keys.
  3. Before putting the instrument in the case, dry the bore completely with your pull through cleaning swab.  Removing moisture will keep the inside of your saxophone clean and help prevent pads from sticking and deteriorating.
  4. Always remove your mouthpiece from the neck when storing or not in use This will improve the tonon cork durability and will help keep the neck and mouthpiece dry.

>Long Term Care

Through regular use, the keys on your saxophone may gradually become out of adjustment.  It is recommended to bring your instrument to a qualified repair technician every 6 months to be checked and readjusted if necessary.  Regular preventive maintenance will greatly reduce the risk of malfunction and possible need for more extensive and costly repairs in the future.

>Pitch adjustment

  1. When the mouthpiece is pulled out: the pitch of the instrument lowers (flat)
  2. When the mouthpiece is pushed in: the pitch of the instrument raises (sharp)

If the event of any problems, please contact your dealer.

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