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Instructions for maintenance for bassoon
Do not put the instrument keyside-down on your knees as water may go into the tone holes.
Swab the instrument through after each playing. Please use the pull-through swab with weight for the boot joint and leave it a while at the bottom thus allowing the swab to soak in the water.
Do not lay your instrument down without having swabbed it through. Leave it upright instead.
Use a clarinet reed under the key of the Ab tone hole in order to help to dry it.
Keep the case open overnight.
Oil the bore of the joints without rubber lining about once a month. Use linseed oil, not paraffin oil.
Oil the tone holes (without tubes) regularly
Keep the tone holes clean. Clean toneholes once in a while (about four to five times a year) with a soft piece of wood.
Keep your bassoon case free clean and free of dust.
Good care and maintenance preserves the quality and reliability of your bassoon!