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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000342.txt from 1996/04

From: Henrik Faltstrom <edtfalt@-----.SE>
Subj: Stinky, the bass clarinet
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 07:13:48 -0400

Hi folks,

I recently purchased a used Noblet bass clarinet, and I now have
a problem; it smells.
A really yucky, sweet smell spreads through the room when I
open the case.
The bass has done duty as a student instrument in one of the
local music schools, and has probably not been properly taken
care of, in terms of swabbing, oiling etc., so I think the smell
originates from old saliva residue (double-yuck!!)

I'd be most thankful for any advice on how to get rid of the smell.
I know of the orange peel humidifier/deodorizer, but I don't think
it would solve the problem permanently.
Another tempting idea would be to oil it with peppermint oil :-)

Henrik Faltstrom

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