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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001585.txt from 1999/01

From: "Steven J Goldman, MD" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Bore oil
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 07:25:39 -0500

So THAT'S why my playing bugs so many people!

Steve Goldman,
Glenview, IL

-----Original Message-----
Subject: [kl] Bore oil

Aromatic oils such as natural lemon, olive and almond oil, do smell nice,
they've got two drawbacks, IMHO:

1) Oils stay nice and fresh if refrigerated. I don't refrigerate my

Do I only imagine that the distinctively fetid aroma of vintage instrument
cases, while comprised mainly of well-aged eau de dragon-breath and parfum
dead bugs, often contains a delicate whiff of rancid oil?

2) Vegetable oil, whether fresh or putrid, attracts bugs.

Herewith the unhappy experience of a friend who oiled his clarinet with
oil (the natural kind from the food store) one night and then left the
clarinet in the closed case in his kitchen. I'll refrain from describing
kitchen, in case some of you just finished eating. (I'm watching the Stupor
Bowl with the sound turned off, while listening to Karl Leister and the
String Quartet play the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. This is a strange
combination.) Next day when he opened up his clarinet case, he saw a fat
cockroach waggling its feelers at him. The roach looked a good deal larger
than the thin crack between lid and bottom of the case, but my friend wasn't
shocked, because he knew that roaches can crawl into any opening, no matter
how narrow, via hyperspace. He flicked the roach out and stepped on it.
he picked up the barrel and top section to put them together. Out fell
another cockroach. He gave the top section a shake. More cockroaches! I
knew someone else who tried coconut oil until he started having trouble with
ants in his case.......

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