We hope you enjoy your instrument. Please take the time to read the information below in order to keep the instrument in its best condition.
Caring for your instrument
Bassoons are expensive instruments and extra care needs to be taken when assembling, disassembling, and caring for them. Do not attempt to assemble the instrument prior to having a lesson showing you how to do so.
A swab should be used to mop any moisture from inside the instrument after playing. Moisture that is not mopped can cause wood to swell and distort causing serious problems, as well as reducing the life of the leather pads.
Be careful of the crook (bocal) when assembling and moving the instrument, as they are easily damaged, and are very expensive to replace.
Wiping the keys after playing will help to keep them in good condition. Always keep the bassoon in its case when not in use.
Cork grease should be applied to cork tenons to avoid parts sticking together when disassembling. If you find two parts have stuck together please do not attempt to force them apart as you could damage the joints. Take it to your tutor for advice and then if necessary contact us.
The Crook (Bocal) should be cleaned monthly to avoid a build-up of dirt. This should be done with a brush and warm water.
If you need advice about tuning, there are a wealth of tutorials available on Youtube which will show you what to do whilst also providing the relevant tuning notes for your instrument.