The 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.
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."
The Haynes Clarinet Manual is available directly from Haynes at £21.99 or from major booksellers online and in the high street as well as general music stores, but for those of you wanting something a little more special you can order signed copies directly from this website. See the purchase page for details.
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