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 Should I do it ?
Author: steve1221 
Date:   2019-06-13 05:47

I am wondering how to clean the body of my oboe after I remove the keys.

I was thinking about washing it in water and soap then using something to re-oil it like linseed (refined) I tried it on an old clarinet joint that is broken and it dries out the wood after I washed it in the sink -

So basically I dont want to intro moisture into the body because - well ya know. How can I clean the body - should I use just plain bore oil and a rag and Q-tip - ?


Post Edited (2019-06-13 05:48)

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 Re: Should I do it ?
Author: mschmidt 
Date:   2019-06-13 18:54

I wouldn't use water. For oil, most people use sweet almond oil.

Using water to wash things only makes sense if there is water-soluble soil to remove. Most of the "dirt" on an old oboe is going to be particulate, so the process of wiping is really the only way to remove it, and if you use a lightly oiled cloth and a cotton bud for the nooks and crannies you will be removing dust and conditioning the wood at the same time.


Still an Amateur, but not really middle-aged anymore

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 Re: Should I do it ?
Author: steve1221 
Date:   2019-06-16 08:08

Thank you - I do that and it makes sense the way you put it.

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