Clarinet Tip #5: Use Almond Oil

I played quite a lot of Clarinet when I was young, and wasn’t too bad at it. Then I stopped; for about 20 years. Then I started again. I found that I’d forgotten lots. Even worse, I discovered that there was a lot basic stuff that I should have learned, but hadn’t.

So thought I’d share a few of the things I should have learned when I started, but didn’t; until now.

Previously, I used bore oil that came with my clarinet to oil my clarinet, until I took my instrument to a highly recommended instrument repairer named Steve Giordano. He took one look at the oil and said “Don’t use that stuff, just get some Almond oil from a health food shop.”

I don’t know why it’s better, but in the absence of a reason to not follow his advice, I now use Almond oil.