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 Safflower Oil
Author: greg 
Date:   1999-08-09 03:30

I've looked thru the threads and everyone seems to recommend sweet almond oil as the preferred oil for their clarinet's wood. But then someone commented on it attracting bugs and the necessity to add vitamin E as an anti-oxident. I've been to drug stores, a dozen grocery stores, and I can't find almond oil. But I do see Safflower oil, which is lighter in appearance than light extra virgin olive oil, and the Safflower oil already contains vitamin E. If Safflower a good alternative to Almond or olive oil? Thanks your comments.

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 RE: Safflower Oil
Author: Ken Shaw 
Date:   1999-08-09 18:09

Most pharmacies have almond oil. You can also get it in health food stores (where it's usually called "sweet almond oil") and various other new-age places - aromatherapy, herbs, etc.

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 RE: Safflower Oil
Author: Gary Van Cott 
Date:   1999-08-09 22:30

Of course, there a lot of people who don't believe you should oil a clarinet at all.

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 RE: Safflower Oil
Author: angella 
Date:   1999-08-10 00:34

I DON'T OIL MINE. I HEAR DO TWICE A YEAR, I HEAR DON'T.

MAYBE IT'S MORE FOR A DRYER CLIMATE? DOES ANYONE OIL OR NOT?

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 RE: Safflower Oil
Author: Joanne 
Date:   1999-08-10 02:45

I lived in an extremely dry climate with huge temperature changes (Edmonton Alberta: +30C in summer, -30C in winter!)) for several years. I never oiled my clarinet, and never had any problems.
I would stay away from vegetable oils - won't they go rancid?!

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 RE: Safflower Oil
Author: paul 
Date:   1999-08-10 21:44

Sweet almond oil is available in most of the grocery stores, more in the gourmet cooking oil section, if there is such a place at your store. Look carefully for it. Grocery stores in most urban cities in the US will have it.

If you coat your horn and make it drip with oil, you could run the risk of making it rancid. Any natural vegatable oil will turn on you after a while.

I've used almond oil very sparingly (perhaps 5 drops total) on my horn, with no problems. The trick is to be very sparing with it and don't oil if it really isn't required. I've since stopped the practice. But, I'll keep a sharp eye out for the onset of cracks for a while to come.



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 RE: Safflower Oil
Author: Hiroshi 
Date:   1999-08-11 04:57

I experimented twice to almond-oiling my clarinet.It needs a full day to dry it up.I felt my clarinet sounds better.Especially crispness was enhanced very much.

Some people even takes his clarinet to forests.The environment makes it fresh.(I am not joking.)

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 RE: Safflower Oil
Author: Hiroshi 
Date:   1999-08-11 04:57

I experimented twice to almond-oiling my clarinet.It needs a full day to dry it up.I felt my clarinet sounds better.Especially crispness was enhanced very much.

Some people even take theri clarinet to forests.The environment makes it fresh.(I am not joking.)

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 RE: Safflower Oil
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-08-11 12:10

Hiroshi wrote:
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Some people even take theri clarinet to forests.The environment makes it fresh.(I am not joking.)
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Probably helped the mind & spirit of the player more than the clarinet ... but isn't that the point anyway!

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 RE: Safflower Oil
Author: J.Butler 
Date:   1999-08-11 17:08

I have in my archives a Techni-Com (quarterly magazine from NAPBRIT) that if I can find will post the web site it was taken from (if still available). In essence a very famous maker of oboes does not oil their instruments at all because they have found that by NOT oiling them they have fewer instruments crack. It is fairly lengthy and goes into more detail, of course, but there you have it.

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