I have a new clarinet, but the cork in the joints is so stiff that, even with loads of cork grease, they are difficult to assemble. I have greased them and greased them. How can I assemble the horn without breaking something? I am especially worried about the bridge key. Is there something I can use in addition to cork grease? Is there a cork crease that is more beneficial than others? Thanks again, Joel.
I am not sure if you mean the cork is actually stiff or just too thick. If it is stiff you can try squeezing the cork a bit to break some of the fibers and help loosen it a bit. If it is to thick then take some emery cloth or medium light sandpaper and sand the cork lightly(removed the cork grease first to avoid a mess). Do this just a little at a time all the way around the cork as evenly as possible. Add some more grease and try to reassemble the horn. When you say the "bridge key" I assume you mean the middle of the 2 joints. I find most cork grease to be about the same. Let me know if this doesn't work and we will look at other options. I hope this helps.