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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001491.txt from 1999/01

From: "Steven J. Goldman M.D." <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Bore Oil
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 07:31:18 -0500

The incorrect idea that oiling promotes cracking comes from the fact that if
you use too much oil (or too thin an oil) and let it sit to long, you can do
as much damage as too much moisture, and for the same reasons. (Kind of like
water is necessary but too much and you drown!) And, yes, thick walled hard
wood instruments kept in a not too dry environment, properly worked in may
never develop a crack or warp even without oiling. But in dry climates with
central heating I would always (correctly) oil my instruments, especially
those made from woods other than the black woods.

I do not have a working familiarity with Laubin oboes or how they treat
their wood, so I cannot comment on that line. If they say don't oil 'em,
then don't. If they say don't oil any woodwind, then they have been
listening to double reeds too long.


-----Original Message-----
From: Edwin V. Lacy []
Subject: RE: [kl] Bore Oil

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

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