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Offline loridmcintyre

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best method of cleaning an antique clarinet
« on: October 07, 2019, 05:52:09 PM »
I need advice on the BASIC cleaning of a clarinet from 1878.  Oil, water, just dry dusting????

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Re: best method of cleaning an antique clarinet
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2019, 06:05:26 PM »
I do two steps:
After complete disassembled, go for a dry cleaning with either cloth or a gentle brush. This gets the dirt and grime out.

Second, use an almond and thyme oil blend to completely oil the clarinet inside and out. This restores the wood, kills pathogens (thyme is an effective anti bacterial, viral, and fungal), and shines up the wood.

Shouldn’t take too long and has good results

An old clarinet like that probably has unplated German silver keys. Basic metal polish (I use Weimann) and elbow grease will do the trick
David Watson of the original The Clarinet Pages

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Re: best method of cleaning an antique clarinet
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2019, 06:17:38 PM »
Thanks.  I just want a basic clean because I am going to send it for restoration in the future.