Accessories for clarinets

There are a lot of more or less usefull accessories for clarinets starting from pads for 50 cents up to soft leather gigbags for hundreds of euros. Some are must-haves, others may be a good idea as gift for a clarinettist for her birthday. Maybe this gives you an idea - or if you know anything else, I'd be grateful to hearing from you and will add it to the list. Since prices differ from country to country and over time, you better use a price search engine to find out what you have to pay today.

Accessory Comment
Tooth rubber sticker for mouthpiece Most players use one because the surface of the mouthpiece is so smooth that teeth slip... The little rubber sticker sticks on the mouthpiece surface where your upper teeth sit and helps them stay there. But one day you will have bitten holes into the rubber and it must be replaced...
Reed cutter ... these are of different quality and precision, so try out the one you buy! Description unter working with reeds.
Reed holder Absolutely necessary, examples see reeds.
Pencil with magnet and eraser ... to make notes in the notes, the pencil must be soft (since you can't press on a stand)! The magnet or a cord help to fix the pencil to the stand.
Gigbags ... for a single instrument or a set - simple version or luxury edition - this can become expensive, but it may be a worthwhile investment if you don't allways use a car to get about. Do check that your own instrument(s) fit(s). If the bag carries your stand, too, that is great, because then you have everything together (else you'd need a stand bag, too).
Cork sheets Sheets in strengths of 0,5 mm, 1 mm, 2 mm for fixing your clarinet
Tie-pins There are decent tie-pins with clarinets on - makes a nice present
Leather wiper The wiper should be from samish leather - the same that is used for cleaning windows. You can sew one yourself - cut out a lengthy triangle and sew a sufficiently long cord to the most pointed end. The cord should be a little longer than the longer joint, and that cord should have a in-spun-weight at the end (so it won't cause scratches). The leather (or better: the oil in the leather) will get used up after some time (a year or two) so you want to replace the wiper.
Magnets, clothespins ... in order to hold notes to stands when you play in open air. The wind might otherwise blow the sheets from the stand. Good magnets are better than clothespins, because when you have to turn over pages with an instrument in your hand, they are easier to handle.
Metronome There is a wide variety - today mostly electronical, sometimes with an additional blinking light to use during a rehearsal.
Alphabetic binder to put notes in What you want are binders with alphabetical registers where you can slip the notes into. Nice if there was a lock to close it. These binders become extremely valuable, if you play in an orchestra where you have more than 20 pieces that could be rehearsed at the same time (without a register you will have chaos soon). Make sure the binder is not too heavy, if you are not using a car all the time.
Music stand Lightwight and simple is easy to transport, but big and rugged will last longer. If you sometimes stand up playing it should be that high that the upper end of the note sheet is not much lower than your shoulder (then you can see the conductor easily). The stand should be that solid that it does not fall over when wind blows into the sheets (the stand might then fall into instruments resting in instrument stands on the floor - there is always too little space on stages, and that will cause trouble...).
Music stand light Little LED lights to be clipped to the stand. They save the concert if you don't have enough light in the back row!
Screw driver Hardware stores do stock these delicate little devices.
Sealing wax, white ... to fix a pad, you will find it in artist/painter's shops or in music shops
Silver polishing cloth simple version, no aggressive chemicals, soap powder does it, ...
Instrument stand The smallest version for an E flat, A and B flat clarinet can be folded and will then fit into the bell in your case, but these stands are stable enough to hold the instrument. Versions for bass clarinet are made from steel, are big and heavy, but still very usefull.
Tuning device You want an easily readable, not to sensitive display, optimally you can place it on your music stand while you use it. If you have a bass clarinet or other deeper instruments, you must check, whether the tuner will still work with the low frequencies. The tuner should use standard accumulators.
Cork grease You will find the lip-stick version the most practical, and the classical can to be much cheaper.
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