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Author: tucker 2017
Date:   2017-03-28 15:50

The string on oiling reeds prompted me to share this video. From my days of working in pathology, I agree this is far from a sterile environment to be conducting experiments in microbiology... but it proves a point.... plus he's always good entertainment.


ps... for some reason the video starts about a minute in... you'll have to back up to the starting point manually.

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Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2017-03-28 22:27

The problem with going to all the trouble of sterilising your mouthpiece is that as soon as you play on it , it would become very un-sterilised again because of it's close encounter with your salvia. I guess the solution to that problem. well partly anyway. is to rinse your mouthpiece out under the tap everytime after you use it. Then , perhaps , once a week , give it the hydrogen peroxide treatment.

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Author: tucker 2017
Date:   2017-03-28 22:29

Yes, Barry, that's my "take away" as well.

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Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2017-03-29 00:11

I'm not sure what the real message is.

The reeds that were so disgusting had been sealed up in a plastic bag, I suppose damp, for a long time. They had visible growth on them - we don't know whether mold, mildew, bacteria or even virus. It doesn't really matter what it was, if something visible is growing on your reed, you're best off not playing on it. No argument there probably from anyone (especially after his ending story). That's a little like demonstrating that water is wet.

It also might be an argument against storing a set of working reeds in perpetually humidified storage. I *would* have been interested to know how that would come out.

But the reed and the mouthpiece he plays on both registered relatively low in "RLU." So, what can we make of that except that playing on a reed regularly doesn't in itself necessarily infect it enough to be a health risk. Reeds and mouthpieces are not petri dishes and they don't have a coating of agar on them to encourage bacterial growth.

One thing Michael doesn't tell us is how the reeds play after he soaks them in hydrogen peroxide. The last time (many years ago) that I tried it, the cane lost so much of its vibrancy that I had to discard the reeds I had cleaned.


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Author: tucker 2017
Date:   2017-03-29 02:04

A lot of discussion on the topic from years past:



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Author: Fuzzy 
Date:   2017-03-29 19:38

Wait a minute!! "...a splinter in his tongue..." (from a well-used reed) - is that even possible?


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