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Oboe Care Kit

  1. Wash your hands and brush your teeth before you play. This helps to keep the instrument free of acids and sugars that can damage the metal and pads.
  2. Soak the oboe reed in a small cup of water for about two minutes before playing. Over-soaking can cause the reed to become waterlogged.
  3. Apply cork grease on all new corks and the reed cork before putting the oboe together. Older corks should be greased as needed.
  4. When assembling and disassembling the oboe, be careful that no keys are hitting each other.
  5. After playing, carefully remove the oboe reed and store it in the clear reed container.
  6. Run the swab through the disassembled oboe twice after each time you play.
  7. Use your microfiber cloth to polish your oboe weekly to remove fingerprints and keep the finish looking new.
  8. The swab should be frequently hand washed with dish soap in warm water and air dried completely before use or storage.
  9. Never expose or clean the oboe with water. If accidental exposure occurs, allow the instrument to dry in an open case to avoid mold, mildew and other damage.