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Protect From Moisture

During practice, water may gather in some of the tone holes. This can be removed by blowing into the hole where the water is causing trouble. If water should accumulate under any of the pads, raise the key and blow out the water; then remove the water from the pad seat and pad by inserting a piece of thin blotting paper between the two and pressing lightly on the key.

Avoid laying the bassoon down on its side after a practice period or playing engagement. If you do, water will run into the holes on the underside and cause trouble. In time the pads will become hard from excess wetting, and hard pads are liable to leak. When resting for short intervals, stand the bassoon on end and be sure to put it in a corner or other place where it is not liable to be knocked over. By standing the bassoon on end, the water will drain into the butt joint and then can easily be removed.

To remove water from the butt joint, first remove the crook and reed so these delicate parts will not become damaged. Next, remove the bass joint and bell. Then, tip the bassoon so the water will run out the hole from which the bass joint was removed. After the water is removed, replace the bass joint and bell, and finally the crook and reed.