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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001517.txt from 1999/01

From: "Mark Charette" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bore Oil
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 07:24:31 -0500

From: Steven J. Goldman M.D. <>
>The companies you mentioned have their own ideas which I think are
>but which can be debated. However, insulting the understanding and
>intelligence of professionals with perfectly reasonable opinions is
>(A heated argument about bore oil! Who would have thunk it.)

This has been and _is_ a contentious issue. You presented as fact the
need for oiling new instruments but not old; there is a very common and
exact opposite opinion to yours (don't oil new, but oil old).

As far as I know, there has never been a statistically sound (or even a
statistically _unsound_) study of whether or not oiling prevents or
promotes cracking. If that is the case, then the opinions _do_ fall into
the folklore category. If there has been a study, please make me aware
of it and I'll make sure I put up a reference.

Oiling a clarinet to prevent cracking _sounds_ like good advice, but
does it really do anything? All I've ever seen or heard is anecdotal
evidence on both sides.
All-around good guy and devil-may-care flying fool.
"There can be no freedom without discipline." - Nadia Boulanger

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