Care instructions

Your F. Arthur Uebel clarinet has been made by master craftsmen from selected, long seasoned Grenadilla or Mopane wood. Our ergonomic and quiet keys are made of extra strong silver-plated nickel silver, and we use the finest high-quality pads.
Although our special storage method already reduces the likelihood of cracking, the long life of our clarinets depends just as crucially on the correct and regular care and maintenance of your clarinet: To ensure that you enjoy your valuable instrument for a long time, we strongly recommend that you consult a clarinet repair specialist or qualified specialist dealer for service work or repairs. If you have any questions about our F. Arthur Uebel instruments, please contact our sales department.

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Our woods - living materials

Our F. Arthur Uebel clarinets are made of long seasoned Grenadilla and Mopane wood of the highest quality.

To avoid cracks, you should not expose the clarinet to extreme dryness or heat. Therefore, please try to ensure that your clarinet does not experience any extreme changes in environment. During the first two weeks, your new clarinet should only be played for short periods of time (30 minutes to max. 60 minutes per day) to get used to the humidity and to avoid cracking.

Please also note that you must disassemble the clarinet after each playing session and carefully dry the bore of the instrument using our pull-through swab, and dry the inside of the joint sockets as well. Please also make sure that no moisture remains, especially in tone holes in the upper joint (particularly the trill keys, A/G sharp key, and register key).

Please make absolutely sure not to place the still damp pull-through swab inside the case, but to store it in the outside compartment of the case cover.

Greasing the tenon cork

F. Arthur Uebel clarinets are manufactured with the highest accuracy of fit. This can give the feeling at the beginning that the instrument is difficult to put together. In order to achieve the best possible fit with ease of assembly, the tenon must be lubricated with plenty of cork grease. Please be sure to use the La Tromba® cork and tenon grease, which is included free of charge. Thanks to the special ingredients of the world's best-selling cork grease, you will get the desired and necessary long-lasting lubricating effect, and also ensure an optimal moisture balance in the natural cork.

Note on the use of rubber mouthpieces

A hard rubber mouthpiece usually produces a slightly warmer sound, but may cause the silver-plated keys to tarnish due to a chemical reaction. To avoid this, we recommend keeping such mouthpieces in a closed plastic bag or outside the case. After some time of playing on the rubber mouthpiece, tarnishing of the mechanism should no longer occur. Please note that F. A. Uebel accepts no responsibility for tarnishing of the silver-plated keys.

Storing the clarinet reeds

Store your reed in a suitable reed case so that it does not get damaged and the underside of the reed remains straight. We recommend a case that is easy and hygienic to clean.

Care of the action

After playing, it is best to clean the surface of the keys with a microfibre or cotton cloth. If the keys are very dirty or tarnished, please use the enclosed silver cleaning cloth. For the care of our gold-plated mechanisms, please use the enclosed microfibre cloth.

Oiling the bore and outer body

At regular intervals, about twice a year, it is advisable to oil the inner bores of the barrel, upper and lower joints evenly with our La Tromba® oil for woodwind instruments. This will increase the life and resonance of your instrument. Please be careful not to use too much oil and avoid contact of the bore oil with the pads of the clarinet, which would become unusable. Oiling of the body surface may only be carried out by a clarinet repair specialist when the mechanism has been dismantled. If you have any questions about oiling, please do not hesitate to contact your instrument maker or your qualified dealer.