How Are Clarinets Made?


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Clarinets are made from African blackwood that is dried, sawed and fashioned into the clarinet body before being hollowed out, drilled with holes and then fashioned with keys. The keys of the clarinet, which are made of die-cast metal, are then attached to the clarinet.

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How Are Clarinets Made?
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The keys must also be trimmed, polished and then fixed with felt tips so they do not damage the clarinet's body when they are used. The keys work by being operated by various buttons. The clarinetist presses the buttons to affect the air flow of the clarinet and thus alter its pitch. The holes of the keys all have varying diameters designed to change the air flow in various ways.

The keys are also spring loaded, so they naturally press down on the clarinet. This allows the clarinetist to not have to worry about the keys staying up after he releases his finger from the button. The key will naturally clamp back down on the body of the clarinet. Before a clarinet is sold it goes through a quality control test. These tests exist so manufacturers can make sure that the clarinet has no deficiencies, produces a perfect pitch and is completely mechanically sound.

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