4 Tips To Caring For Your Recorder

tips to caring for your recorder

October 22nd, 2019   |   Updated on September 29th, 2021

You have bought a new recorder, and now you want to know how to take care of it so that you can maintain its efficiency. Most recorders are designed to last a long time with the best care.

Like any other device, you have to learn how to keep your recorder in a safe place and out of the way of debris.

You should never shy away from seeking advice from record makers. Additionally, you should watch out for people who give incomplete information and avoid their advice.

Listen to what they say and test it against your experience and intelligence. If you are new to the recorder industry, here are four tips to caring for your recorder.

1. Conditioning


If you have a wooden recorder, it requires conditioning. With time, wooden recorders absorb moisture, and they end up swelling. The swelling may end up deforming or even breaking the instrument.

Condition your wooden recorder by blowing into it and producing a sound to cultivate a resounding tone.

Within the first week of use, ensure you condition it for at least fifteen minutes each day. If you feel like the windway is clogged, stop playing and remove the moisture.

Experts recommend that you do maintenance at least once in six months. If the swell does not return to its original shape, adjust it by filing.

2. Before Performance

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Before using your recorder, clean your hands, brush your teeth, and gargle. If you have food debris in your mouth, it can get into the windway and clog it when you blow the recorder.

Make sure you also warm the bore before playing the instrument. Avoid playing the instrument suddenly, especially during the winter.

The winter weather may condense the windway. During winter, indoors become dry. Care is needed, as this may break your instrument. Use the palm of your hand to warm the recorder or buy cases that work like electrically heated pads.

3. After Performance

For both wooden and resin recorders, use a gauze wrapped around a cleaning rod to dry moisture within the instruments. After wiping moisture from a wooden recorder, allow it to dry before storing it in the case.

For resin recorders, you can also use a neutral kitchen detergent to clean it thoroughly. For instruments with keys, make sure the keys do not get wet.

4. Clogged Windway


Sometimes the windway condenses while the recorder is playing, and the timber becomes muffled.

In this case, use a finger to cover the window of the recorder and blow into it forcefully. The air you blow will expel any clogged moisture.

With the finger still in place, clear a passage through the condensation to restore sound. Avoid touching the edge directly with your finger, since the condensed moisture can block the airway.

You can also reduce the condensed moisture by sucking as though using a straw.

With these tips, you can now give your recorder a long life. You can also check with the manufacturer on how you can take care of your device.

If you want to buy a flash drive that records conversations, you have to learn how to maintain them for extended use.