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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000648.txt from 1998/03

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Prepping for my first oil
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 22:01:33 -0500

At 08:39 PM 3/10/98 -0500, Karl Krelove wrote:
>>How much oil?
>4 or 5 drops

>>...Does the barrel also need to be oiled?
>Nothing needs to be oiled after six months.
Incorrect. My backup clarinet (an ancient Rene Dumont) has a hairline
crack in the barrel. When I apply bore oil, the crack closes up!

>>Finally, the one question that has really bothered me, how to I wipe all
>>excess out after I'm done?
>When you DO oil a clarinet's bore, there shouldn't be ANY excess. You use a
>very few drops and spread it around with whatever applicator you're using,
>then let the oil soak in on its own. There shouldn't be anything even
>slightly resembling a puddle anywhere inside or outside the instrument.
Correct again.

>Jason, I'm not ragging on you at all. You're only reading the manufacturer's
>instructions (what make IS it?)

Just a guess, but it IS possible the manufacturers have some idea what they
are talking about, having worked with grenadilla wood for, is some cases,
literally hundreds of years.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

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