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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000444.txt from 1998/04

From: "Scott Morrow" <>
Subj: Re: Cleaning mouthpieces with vinegar
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 10:06:14 -0400

Justin wrote:
Actually, I don't think the (10% Acetic Acid?) vinegar will harm the
mouthpiece in a short period of time once or twice a year. But leaving it
soak for a period of time may. I know acetic acid will react with plastic.
Sorry I can't be a little more accurate, but I am truly not sure.

Diane wrote:

>You don't even need to use full strength vinegar - most of the
>deposits willl be dissolve readily in a 10 or 20% vinegar
>solutions (1 or 2 parts vinegar, 8 or 9 parts water). The worst may
>take a little longer to dissolve, but this solution is strong
>enough to work on the bad ones you get on your pots and

Vinegar you buy in the store should be no more than 5% acetic acid (usually
3%, isn't it?).
Diane recommends using 10-20% of that.
Therefore, the final concentration should be NO GREATER THAN 1%. I wouldn't

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