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 Cork Grease Switch
Author: BGBG 
Date:   2018-07-23 01:30

If changing to different cork grease or substance is there any preparation or way to remove any of the old cork grease before applying a new substance?

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2018-07-23 01:51

Just wiping with a dry cloth is probably adequate, but you could follow up with a paper towel or cloth moistened with lighter fluid or white spirit.

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: FwLineberry 
Date:   2018-07-24 05:37

The Doctor makes a cork grease remover. It seemed to work pretty well on my instrument.

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: jbutler 2017
Date:   2018-07-24 17:27

I just use key oil and a tissue.

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: Clarineteer 
Date:   2018-07-24 17:43

I have found Ferrees to be the best and I have tried all of them.

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: Grabnerwg 
Date:   2018-07-26 00:06

Anybody else make their own cork grease?

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2018-07-26 01:39

Yes - for over 30 years I made my own grease from tallow, anhydrous wool fat and beeswax. Getting the proportions right took some experiment but once I made a batch it would last me 10 or more years.
It worked great on my corks, which would go 15 - 20 years between replacement.

However whilst working with Peter Eaton about 20 years back he came across The Doctors products and having tried those I switched to save the hassle of making my own, and very happy with results.

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: BGBG 
Date:   2018-07-26 06:39

I do not think it was Doctor's products that caused my cork problems but the type and frequency of use of prior products. Only been using doctors about a year I guess, and use minimal amount least often as possiblr.

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: clarnibass 
Date:   2018-07-26 09:16

I changed to Alisyn a few years ago for repairs because I prefer it, but I actually still use Doctor's cork grease on my own clarinets (because Alisyn has a terrible container and I like the lipstick type to put in the case). I think I've been using it since I got my two main clarinets, almost 20 years ago. I only had to replace one tenon cork and it was because it was loose, nothing wrong with the glue.

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: tucker 2017
Date:   2018-07-26 16:30

La Tromba is the best cork grease I've ever used. They make a line of slide lubricants as well.

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: BGBG 
Date:   2018-09-14 02:07

Been a long time since I posted this. Anyway now that I changed to some other cork greases and used sparingly instead of every time play I find I do not need nearly as often. Maybe even once a month if that. I plan to use only if joints seem hard to insert or maybe at certain intervals but certainly do not need every time I play. Just thought I would update. I have mutton tallow, La Tromba, and Mink oil paste which all seem to work well. I used all three but in different places on 7-27 2018 and next playing will likely use a little. Used to just use Dr Slick at every playing, need it or not, for I thought that to be correct. Maybe NOT.

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 Re: Cork Grease Switch
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2018-09-14 23:59

I guess whatever works for you is a good choice.

I happen to take a different tack and refresh my tenon corks with an absolute minimal touch of cork grease (Dr Slick now), worked well into the cork with finger tips, virtually every time I assemble my instruments.
And by minimal I mean just touching my finger on the surface of the grease tub (one tub will last me for years)

Only one of my tenon corks has needed replacement in the past 25 years.

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