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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000047.txt from 2001/05

Subj: Re: [kl] Cracking clarinets
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 19:01:24 -0400

Josh Gardner says: >I once read an article about an oboist or repairman (I
can't remember) who cut an oboe joint into two pieces and allowed them to
soak in oil for 6 months. The oil only penetrated about 1 mm.<

Josh -

The story is about Hans Moennig and was told to me by a couple of people who
had the same experience. If you asked him about oiling the bore, he would
fish a block of grenadilla wood out of a bucket of oil, where it had been
soaking for the last 30 years. He would wipe the oil off the surface, hand
the block to you along with a sharp knife and tell you to cut off the
thinnest possible shaving. Invariably, the wood was completely dry and free
of oil even a hairsbreadth below the surface.

Perhaps Alvin Swiney can confirm or deny the story, or give an eyewitness

Best regards.

Ken Shaw

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