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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000392.txt from 2000/09

From: "Franklin Kercher" <kranwli@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Cork grease
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 15:48:38 -0400

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From: William Wright <Bilwright@-----.net>
Date: Monday, September 11, 2000 12:18 PM
Subject: [kl] Cork grease

According to what I've been told by some more senior players, cork grease
was originaly made from a boiled mixture of bees wax and lard. Also that it
is still available some where in New York as some of the older players still
prefer it over the stuff sold in most of the music stores. As for the
melting, I use the "chapstick" lookin' stuff and have only had it melt once,
with the cap loose, in my case, yuck. But I live on the Texas gulf coast
where the only thing higher than the humidity is the temperature ( well over
100 for the last 2 weeks). I keep an old metal clarinet behind the seat of
my pick-up for quick practice if a chance comes up. The new grease melted,
the old tin of Micro cork grease did not.

Some of you (presumably) have faced the problem of melted cork
grease in a hot climate. Do you know of a cork grease with a higher
melting point? Or do all of them have a lower melting point for good
reason?

Thank you,
Bill

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