First you will need a parts tray or cups. You can use a cup cake pan just because it is easy to separate the keys and keep them in order as you remove them. Remember, you will reassemble in reverse order from disassembly.
SUGGESTION: Do one section at a time just to make it easy on yourself.
Remove all the keys from the section. Be sure to keep keys and screws in order as that will greatly ease the pain of reassembly.
Once you have all of the keys off, clean the section. If it's plastic/resin use soap and water. If it's wood, use a good quality wood soap and dry it.
If your clarinet is wood, you should take this opportunity to condition the wood. Completely coat the wood with bore oil. We have bore oil available in our online store. Use Q-Tips to get it into all the small spaces and holes. Use a cloth to coat the inside of the clarinet. Once you have done this, put it in a plastic bag and let it soak at least overnight. If it is still dry, repeat the process.
Once the clarinet is conditioned (WOOD ONLY). You are ready to reassemble.
You can polish your keys and replace the pads while the clarinet is soaking. Never use a wet polish on your keys. Use a dry polish cloth or NEVR-DULL polish which is not a liquid.
Remove old pads from the cups by scrapping out the old pad. TIP: You can heat the back of the pad cup with a match or lighter to soften the old glue. Clean the cup as much as possible.
Put a glue pellet in the pad cup and apply heat to back of pad cup (you can use a lighter for this). Position the pad in the cup and level as much as you can. Adjustments can be made later.(br) HINT: The glue will continue to melt after the heat is removed. Do not overheat. You may find that depending on your pad cups, one pellet is too much. You can carefully remove unmelted glue with a long pin or needle. Of course be careful, the material is very hot.
Reassemble the section.
Working one section at a time, plug the end of the section and close all the pads. Then blow into the section. It should hold air unless you really blow very hard.
Adjust for air leaks by using a match or lighter to heat the back of the pad cup until the glue is softened. Let the pad cup rest lightly against the tone hole. Test for leaks.
This process may take some trial and error, just keep working on it. In some cases (instrument dropped, etc.) you may need to straighten or slightly bend keys to get proper fit.
Once you have both sections tested for leaks, put the two together and visually inspect the keys related to the bridge. You may need to make some adjustments to ensure the bridge is working and all the keys are closing.
Never let the flame hit the pad or you will need a new pad.
PATIENCE IS A KEY HERE.
Have fun with it and don't get in a hurry.
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