Music books and sheets of music should not be stored in instrument cases (unless there is
a specific compartment). It can damage the mechanism.
Loose objects in the case should be kept to a minimum. Severe damage can be incurred
when objects (e.g., reed cutters, pencils, empty reed cases) are compressed against an
instrument body when closing the case lid. Don't let empty reed cases gather!
Instrument cases should be secure and in good condition. Clasps, hinges and handles may
be oiled occasionally to prolong effective operation.
Cases in poor condition should be repaired or replaced.
When cleaning a sticky pad, make sure that the pad surface is dry using cigarette papers
or Yamaha cleaning paper. N.B. Do not pull the paper through.
Yamaha powder papers can be used to prevent pads from sticking. Apply light pressure
to the pad as the paper is pulled through. Puff or blow away excess powder. Graphite may be
applied to flute tone hole surfaces as an alternative to help to cure sticking pads.
OILING - mechanism
It is necessary for instrument mechanisms to be oiled like any other machinery. It is usual to
have this done by your repairer as part of an annual service.
If applying oil yourself great care should be taken as some oils can rot corks, cause glued
parts to become unstuck and react with some cork greases to solidify. Only tiny amounts of
oil applied with a pin are necessary.
Oiling the bore of wooden instruments is a controversial subject. I see no reason why
instruments should not have their bores oiled when necessary.
Oiling of the bore is difficult to achieve with the instrument assembled so is best carried
out by a repairer.