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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001523.txt from 1999/01

From: "Mark Charette" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bore Oil
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 07:24:37 -0500

From: Steven J Goldman, MD <>
>My annoyance about the term folklore is that it suggests a mindless
>following of what others have told you. Musicians certainly can have a
>weakness for this. But my suggestion for oiling ones instrument comes
>experience and critical analysis, as well as a strong background in the
>historical literature of flute and clarinet from the 18th and 19th
>centuries, not to mention a scientific background. (That sounds kind of
>haughty - its not meant to)

But, Steven, those with other "impeccable" credentials and analysis come
up with widely different conclusions. Which is why I will continue to
consider it folklore. Not all folklore is incorrect, but it is unproven
at the moment.

I _have_ done a fair amount of research into the subject, too. I have
come to no conclusion whatsoever, only that oiling is traditional, some
swear by it, some swear at it. Unoiled instruments from the 19th century
exist with no damage, as do oiled instruments. Of course, age weeded out
the "bad" instruments, so only the best survive.

Check through the Klarinet archives for many years worth of arguments,
pro and con.
All-around good guy and devil-may-care flying fool.
"There can be no freedom without discipline." - Nadia Boulanger

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