So I was careless and after playing left my clarinet assembled on a stand for about 2 weeks while I went on vacation. When I took it apart I noticed the joints were loose. Any way I can fix this or will I have to get them all replaced? Thanks.

  • Can you post a picture? Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 4:26

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If by "loose" you mean the corks are overcompressed so the body parts wobble, then the corks may recover after you leave the clarinet disassembled for a couple days (and maybe gently hydrate the corks).
If you mean the corks themselves came loose, then they need to be replaced.

That said, I find it rather unusual that the joints' fit would go bad whether or not the clarinet was left assembled. Was this during winter months (very low humidity)?

  • Sorry, I meant that the joints got over compressed. This was during summer.
    – Jonathan
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 0:17

Sounds as if the corks are dried out and/or over-compressed. A little time dis-assembled and a touch of cork grease (Vaseline will do) should fix it.

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