When a clarinet is new, you should use cork grease every time you assemble the instrument for the first week or two. After that, the corks will soak up some of the grease and you only need to use it once or twice a week.
A good guideline is to apply a new cork grease each time you assemble the instrument for a week or two to allow the cork grease to impregnate into the cork. A very thin layer over the cork will do. After this time, once every few weeks is usually sufficient.
Without cork grease, your instrument’s corks would quickly become dry and stiff, making assembly of the instrument difficult. This can cause the instrument’s joints to stick together, which can even result in damaged corks.
Lip balm looks a lot like cork grease but is not the same. However, depending on the type and quality, your lip balm may actually work well for your cone stoppers in a pinch. Remember, lip balm is made specifically to be applied to your lips.
When a clarinet is new, you should use cork grease for the first week or two every time you assemble the instrument. After that, the corks will soak up some of the grease and you only need to use it once or twice a week.
Cork grease is a lubricant for woodwind and reed instruments such as saxophones, clarinets, bassoons and oboes. These instruments are designed to be disassembled into parts for easy storage and transport, and the connections between parts are sealed with cork gaskets.
You can use cork grease as often as lubricating oil, about once a week or whenever the slide rails are difficult to move.
Lanoline. Recommended by Ralph Morgan. All natural, does not smell, does not clog the pores of the cork. Lasts longer than cheap cork grease.
Do not use petroleum jelly, it can damage the glue on the corks.
Since the joints of the flute are fitted metal, never put cork grease or other grease on them. The joints of the flute are adjusted so that they only have a play of a few micrometers.
Adding fat can actually damage the flute over time. Grease can trap small particles that grind into the metal every time you assemble and disassemble your flute. This can wear and scratch the pivots, necessitating repairs. If the pegs are too tight, wipe them off with an untreated cleaning cloth.
Cork is made from the bark of a tree, Quercus suber, or the cork oak. These trees can get quite large and have really thick, sturdy bark.
Recorder joint grease is used to keep cork joints and O-rings lubricated to ensure easy assembly. This canister is specially made to fit the body of most recorders.