F. Arthur Uebel

Maintenance instructions

Our F. Arthur Uebel clarinets are made of grenadilla and mopane wood that has been seasoned for many years in uncompromising quality. The keys are made of high-quality, extra strong silver-plated nickel silver. The use of high-quality pads is a matter of course for us.

The long life of our clarinets depends crucially on correct, regular care and maintenance: To ensure lasting enjoyment of your valuable instrument, we recommend that you visit an instrument maker or qualified professional dealer for service or repairs. If you have any questions about our F. A. Uebel instruments, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at:

+49.(0)611.950 89-0

Maintenance instructions

Our types of woods – living materials

Our F. Arthur Uebel clarinets are made of grenadilla and mopane wood that has been seasoned for many years in uncompromising quality.

To avoid cracks, the clarinet should not be exposed to extreme dryness or heat. Therefore, please make sure that the ambient climate is balanced. During the first two weeks, your new clarinet should be played regularly, for short periods of time (about 15–20 minutes daily) in order to get used to the humidity and to avoid cracking.

Beyond the legal warranty, we would like to offer you a two-year warranty and a five-year warranty for wood cracks. In order to be able to make use of the extended guarantee if necessary, please fill in both sides of your guarantee registration carefully and send it to the address printed overleaf.

We wish you much pleasure in making music!

Please also note, that you must disassemble the clarinet after each playing session and carefully remove any remaining moisture from the bore and tenon hearts with our pull-through swab and a cloth. Please also make sure, that no moisture remains, especially in the tone holes of the upper joint (side trill keys, A/G# key, register key). Ideally, the instrument case should remain open for some time to allow the remaining moisture to evaporate. Please make absolutely sure that the still damp pull-through swab is not placed inside the case, but in the outer compartment.

Note on the use of ebonite mouthpieces

A new ebonite mouthpiece usually produces a slightly warmer sound, but, due to a chemical reaction can cause the silver-plated keys to tarnish. To avoid this, we recommend storing such mouthpieces in a closed plastic bag or outside the case. Please note that F. A. Uebel GmbH cannot be held responsible for the tarnishing of the silver-plated keys.

Greasing the tenon corks

F. Arthur Uebel clarinets are manufactured to the highest degree of accuracy. Therefore, this can create the feeling that a new instrument is difficult to assemble. In order to make the assembling process easier, lubricate the tenon corks with plenty of grease. Please make sure to use LA TROMBA® cork grease for this purpose. Grease sticks, with a light consistency contain too much water for the initial treatment of the cork, which prevents the desired and necessary lubrication effect.

Storage of clarinet reeds

Store your reeds in a suitable reed case so that the back of the reed lies flat and they are protected from damage. We recommend a reed case with a glass surface that is easy and hygienic to clean.

Care of the mechanism

After playing, it is best to clean the surface of the keys with a microfiber or cotton cloth. In case of heavy soiling or tarnished keys, please use the enclosed silver cleaning cloth.

Oiling the bore

At regular intervals, about twice a year, we recommend that you oil the bore of your instrument evenly with our LA TROMBA® Oil for Woodwinds. This will increase the life and resonance of your instrument. Please be careful not to use too much oil and avoid the pads coming into contact with the oil, this will damage the pads making them unusable. If you have any questions about oiling, please contact your instrument maker or qualified dealer / repairer you trust.

Assembling your clarinet

1

To facilitate assembly, apply some cork grease on all cork pivots.

2

With a slight twisting motion, insert the barrel on the top joint of the clarinet. Make sure that you do not press too hard on the keys.

3

In the same way connect the top joint with the lower joint. When assembling the top and lower joint make sure that both roller keys (b and c-sharp) and the g-sharp key do not touch.

4

Assemble lower joint and bell with slight twisting motions.

5

Carefully twist and turn the mouthpiece on the barrel. Make sure that the flat side of the mouthpiece and the thumb hole of the clarinet are aligned.

6

Place the moistened reed with its flat side on the table of the mouthpiece. The tip of the mouthpiece and reed must form a flush finish.

7

Use the ligature to fasten the reed in this position. The reeds tip must not be damaged in any way. Your clarinet is now ready to play.