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Care of Crook

Never carry the bassoon with the crook inserted in the tenor joint. Only the greenest amateurs will be found running around with the crook in the tenor joint. With the possible exception of the reed, the crook is the most delicate part of the bassoon, and it should be handled with great care so it will not become bent or damaged in any way. Clean it often by running warm water through it. A satisfactory swab can be improvised by using 3 pipe cleaners and joining them end to end by twisting ^ inch of ends together. This will be the right length to go through the crook. Keep the tiny hole open by inserting a broom straw or by blowing through it. Never use metal pin of any kind, as you are liable to mar or enlarge the hole.