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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000177.txt from 2005/07

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] bore oil
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 23:45:21 -0400

> Mike writes;
> "I have been told not to use bore oil"

On Jul 14, 2005, at 6:35 PM, Margaret Thornhill wrote:
> There are two schools of thought on this amongst professional players
> and teachers: some do, and some do not.
> I have never oiled the bore of my modern instruments, and they are
> fine.
Same for me, with a small exception. I have oiled the tenons of my
clarinets occasionally when they seemed to be getting dry. A search of
the KLARINET archive will turn up a post about tech Larry Naylor, who
wrote an interesting article about oiling on older instruments whose
wood may have dried out enough to cause a change in bore dimension.


> BTW, unless you use a quick-drying synthetic oil, you will need to
> remove all the hardware before oiling and then put it back.
Naylor uses a natural oil blend of Almond oil and others (I've
forgotten the details). My repair tech uses sweet almond oil on
clarinets when he feels the need to oil an instrument.

On Jul 14, 2005, at 9:08 PM, Geoff & Sherryl-Lee Secomb wrote:
> The application of a little cork grease at these places will help to
> stop penetration of water.

I also find this to help with the drying of the wood at the tenons.


David B. Niethamer

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