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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001488.txt from 1999/01

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <el2@-----.edu>
Subj: RE: [kl] Bore Oil
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 06:52:29 -0500

On Fri, 29 Jan 1999, Steven J. Goldman M.D. wrote:

> Regular oiling will help preserve your instruments for years to come,
> especially areas prone to cracking such as the barrel. New instruments
> should be oiled every few weeks for a few months, then every month or
> so (if you use the non-polymerizing type). Older, well acclimatized
> instruments need much less oiling.

The manufacturers of Laubin oboes recommend that their instruments should
*never* be oiled. They believe very strongly that oiling promotes
cracking. There is an employee of the Laubin company who writes fairly
regularly on the double reed list, and who states this position whenever
he can.

I know that this is nothing more than anecdotal evidence, but I have been
playing woodwind instruments for 50 years, have never oiled one, and have
never had one crack.

Ed Lacy
el2@-----.edu

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