In addition to my post a couple of weeks ago regarding my clarinet of around 18 months old playing flat, there's another issue i've become aware of. The C sharp/G sharp key seems to have a constant water bubble in it. Yesterday after practising for only around 15 - 20 minutes, the water bubble appeared and no amount of blowing it out or blotting with papers got rid of it. I had to take the clarinet apart and use the pull-through a couple of times. Now this would be absolutely no use if i'm playing in a concert or doing a solo etc. "Can we stop for two minutes until i get my pull-through?! Sorry everyone!" I'm not a particularly "wet" player and seldom have lots of drips. I've never experienced this before with my two previous clarinets, nor my trusty old Boosey & Hawkes that i sometimes play. This clarinet in question is a Buffet RC. I can't see how this could be a fault with the clarinet. I did change my mouthpiece to a Vandoren B45 13 when i bought the clarinet, but again i wouldn't imagine it's got anything to do with this. Some of the other keys get wet too after a short while, namely the speaker key, the open G sharp and the A key. I did a little research online and read in some woodwind forums advice on using bore oil to steer the drips away from particular keys, and also using sweet almond oil above the holes in question inside the bore. I think this would be quite fiddly. I've been playing clarinet now for around 26 years to professional standard so i'm not a beginner blowing mouthfuls of saliva down it (apologies to those eating and reading this).
Like i say, only very occasionally had this issue with my last clarinet which was a Buffet E11. I couldn't imagine doing any exams or recitals on this current one, expensive as it was.
Anyone else have this problem?