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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000358.txt from 1996/04

From: Ronald Saska <rsaska@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Stinky, the bass clarinet
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 14:33:29 -0400

Have you considered that the smell could be in the case and not on the
instrument. I have seen public school students use their cases for
carring all manner of things. The smell you describe could be perfume or
someting simular (especially if the bottle came open in the case). Try
setting the case outside in the sans clarinet, of course...for
a few days.

Ron Saska
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265

On Fri, 12 Apr 1996, Henrik Faltstrom wrote:

> 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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