The Haynes Clarinet Manual
"What every clarinettist needs, a
concise and clear guide to maintenance."
Note: The Haynes Clarinet Manual is now out of
print. I have limited stocks remaining - after which it will only
be available on the secondhand market. See here
for more details.
clarinet is a master of expression - its breadth of tone matched only
by its sheer range - and despite its seemingly simple construction it's
really quite a complex instrument. In order for it to perform at its
very best it requires regular care and maintenance. The Haynes Clarinet
manual follows in the footsteps of the hugely successful Saxophone Manual
and explains in clear terms precisely how the instrument works, what
can go wrong and what can be done about it.
Unlike traditional repair manuals, the Haynes Clarinet
Manual focusses solely on maintenance - allowing the techniques to be
described in greater detail and without unnecessary technical jargon,
accompanied by hundreds of full-colour photographs and illustrations.
You'll learn how to choose and buy a clarinet, which accessories and
care products are worth buying, how to assembleit properly, how to care
for the body and lubricate the keywork and how to spot problems before
they become serious.
For the more adventurous there are sections on checking for and diagnosing
leaks, replacing corks, adjusting the springs and regulating the action
using a minimum of tools that can be purchased from any hardware store.
You can even learn how to completely dismantle the instrument and reassemble
it...without losing any parts.
More advanced techniques cover replacing pads and spring
and dealing with cracks and splits - and there's a troubleshooting section
to help diagnose those everyday niggles that can make playing the clarinet
more of a chore than a joy.
Even if you wouldn't dream of taking a screwdriver to
your clarinet, this manual will help you to understand your instrument
better and will help you decide whether it's your technique or the clarinet
that's at fault when problems occur. Packed with hints, tips, professional
repair techniques and more than a few wry smiles, its 196 hardback-bound
pages are laid out in a step-by-step format that make it the owner's
manual for the clarinet.
Please note: The Haynes Clarinet Manual covers standard
Boehm system clarinets - which are the most common type in use. Although
it does not cover simple (Albert) system, German (Oehler) system, plateau
and covered-hole harmony clarinets (alto, bass etc.) many of the maintenance
techniques described can be applied to these instruments. These instruments
were excluded from the manual due to sheer lack of space, and may well
be covered in a later manual.
"A great addition to the sax manual and every
bit as useful and entertaining!"
"I read the section on checking for leaks and
whaddya know, I got leaks. Can't say I'm happy to have them, but thanks
for showing me how to find them"
"Highly readable, as usual, and chock full of
invaluable info. Brilliant."
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- and you may add a dedication of your choosing if you so wish.
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