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I've just cleaned the tone holes (side trill keys) on my alto clarinet once again. I seem to be doing this fairly often for the amount of time I spend on the instrument.

I used to think it was simply dirt but it's now quite apparent that it's mildew, there was even some on one of the pads.
I notice it when those notes play flat, there's a lot of obstruction in the tone hole.

I swab the clarinet after every use so what's causing this?

Is there something I can keep inside the case to prevent this?
 

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It needs to breathe / dry better before you put it away, the other option is after playing, finger the trill key and blow air from the outside back through and over the pad. The body of the clarinet especially altos is a bit thick to simply drop a swab in and expect t to draw from within the tone holes
 

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I live in a super moist environment here in Halifax. Whenever the sun's out, I try to stick my horn out on the porch. Mildew hates sunshine and fresh air IMO.
 
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