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Clarinet Supplies

Clarinet supplies are an important consideration when budgeting to buy a clarinet and keep it well maintained. Supplies can be divided into those used for playing and those used for cleaning and repairing your clarinet. Every clarinet player should have at least a small amount of supplies on hand, replacing them as soon as needed. Nothing is worse than not being able to play the clarinet because you didn’t bring a small piece of kit!

When it comes to playing the clarinet, there is one supply that is often overlooked – the reed. The choice of the strength of reed can have an enormous effect on the sound of your playing. It is also a good idea to have a number of reeds on hand at all times, as they are a very delicate piece of equipment.

Keep your reeds in a reed holder, and discard them as soon as they chip or split (which can be quite often). Many clarinetists will buy their reeds in bulk once they have found the ‘right’ reed to play with. Other supplies for the clarinet that are not as necessary as reeds but do make playing easier are clarinet neck straps and stands.

Cleaning and maintenance is an important part of your clarinet ownership - your clarinet will remain in a playable state only if you look after it. The supplies in your maintenance kit should include: cork grease, linen swab, polishing cloth and pad papers (cigarette papers work just as well).
 

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written by Natalia Forrest

 

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