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Two great educational offerings help you keep your

clarinet in first class playing condition.


BASIC CLARINET  MAINTENANCE provides you with all you need to know to maintain your clarinet

and keep it in optimum condition between repair jobs.

BASIC CLARINET REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE provides you with the skills you

need to do all but the most advanced repair work on your clarinet.


These videos are the fastest, easiest and best way to learn how to perform basic repairs

and keep your clarinet in optimum playing condition.


Basic Clarinet Repair and Maintenance is a 3 DVD set that includes two and a half hours of video instruction

that will quickly teach you how to do clarinet repairs and maintain your clarinet in top playing condition.

Please click here to see specific subjects covered on each DVD with brief descriptions.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Tom Ridenour’s Basic Clarinet Repair and Maintenance videos

spare you the tedium of reading thousands of words and pouring over diagrams and drawings.

In this three DVD instructional set, Tom teaches you how to keep

your clarinet in top playing condition and adjustment and perform the most

critical clarinet repairs by the tried and trusted learning method of show and tell.

Individual videos are brief but thorough, and limited to a single subject.


In the videos Tom both demonstrates and describes how each operation is done,repeatedly

showing that clarinet repair and maintenance is hardly rocket science, but that the techniques

and skills needed to do competent repair work can be broken down into simple operations---

operations that are easy to understand and master with a little thoughtful practice.


Basic Repair and Maintenance will save you time, money, give you a new sense of mastery

and control over your clarinet and more confidence as a player and teacher.



The three DVD set on Basic Clarinet Repair and Maintenance is only $79.95






The one DVD set of Basic Clarinet Maintenance is only $35.95.






Order your copy today and start learning how to maintain your clarinet!

Texas residents please add 8.25% state sales tax


Repair and Maintenance DVD I


* essential tools and supplies needed for clarinet repair


*how to screw in a screw: learn how to screw in the fine threads on clarinet screws without stripping them and damaging your clarinet mechanism.


*dissassembly of keys: learn how to properly disassemble the clarinet mechanism for general maintenance and repair.


*routine maintenance and inspection: learn how to carry out a routine maintance and inspection that will give you a clear idea of your clarinet's condition and tell you what repair and maintenance may be needed.


*how to perform a visual inspection of the clarinet: discover all the things you can learn by nothing but a visual inspection of the clarinet when you know what to look for and how to interpret what you see.


*quick, easy tenon cork repair: quick and semi-permanent method of repairing compressed tenon corks.


*correcting loose and noisy pivot screws: learn the best method for making a permanent correction for loose and noisy pivot screws.


*how to test for leaks: learn the best methods for testing for pad leaks.


*how to improve tuning: learn the different ways you can use to correct chronic tuning issues.

Repair and Maintenance DVD 2


*light my fire: learn the best types of heat to use for padding operations and what not to use


*introduction to padding glues: learn the different types of glues used today in padding operations, and the strengths of weakness of each for different types of padding.


*introduction to different pad types: learn the different kinds of pads used in clarinets, where each should and should not be used and the strengths and weaknesses of each type.


*how to install Valentino pads: how to install synthetic pads for the best results.


*how to install skin pads


*how to make and install cork pads


*how to replace damaged tenon corks: the proper method to use for complete tenon cork replacement rather than repair of an old cork that is only compressed but still good.


*silencing keys: different methods of making key work quietly and smoothly.


*adjusting pad heights: how to adjust pad heights and the corrections for sharpness and improvements in blowing resistance, tonal clarity and tuning correct pad adjustment can achieve.

Repair and Maintenance DVD 3


*protecting flat and needle springs from rust: how to remove rust that damages springs and prevent further rust and spring breakage.


*setting the throat A key set screw: how to make sure incorrect adjustment of the A key set screw doesn't create a disaster in the midst of performance and cause your clarinet to stop playing altogether.


*making exposed pads last longer: some pads have surfaces and edges that are expose to wear. learn the best way to treat the pad to prevent torn skins that create leaks and require pad replacement


*correcting loose tenon rings: saving joints from cracking due to loose tenon rings by using simple methods that will quickly and easily correct the problem.


*correcting binding keys: how to correct binding keys, what causes them and the urgency of correcting them once discovered.


*working with the clarinet's crow's foot: most clarinets crow's foot is poorly adjusted, forcing plays to be heavy handed in making long pipe tones respond. learn how to analyze this and correctly solve the problem


*understanding the clarinet's one-and-one Eb/Bb bridge key adjustment and how to correct adjustment problems


*solving the left and f/c key: a permanent solution to the tendency of this key to create lost motion


*list of suppliers: a list of the best companies that sell excellent clarinet repair tools and supplies, including their web site address, phone numbers and physical addresses.

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