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What is something good to use to shine up the keys on a clarinet?

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Asked by Bethsunshine at 11:05 AM on Mar. 1, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Most metal polishes will ruin the finish and destroy the pads. It's best to take an instrument to have it re-padded and professionally cleaned yearly. Anything fluid will absorb into the pads and they will degrade.

    Answer by ecodani at 11:17 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Instruments do not need to be re-padded every year or professionally cleaned every year either. As long as you swab out your instrument after every use...

    As for shining the keys....just a soft dry cloth. Maybe even a dry silver polishing cloth, but NO liquid cleaners at all.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 11:37 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • I agree with twinsplus2more - swab after use and a dry polishing cloth to remove fingerprints/oils from keys. No liquids as they'll damage the pads. But it certainly does not need to be professionally cleaned or re-padded on a yearly basis.

    Answer by Jazzdoll at 12:41 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

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