On Thu, 16 Jun 1994, Richard Owen wrote:
> Has anyone tried treating their wooden combs to deal with moisture?
I soak my marine bands in silicone oil overnight. That completely
prevents swelling, and I am a very slobery player. It also seems to
increase airtightedness slightly, but I am careful to only buy
airtight harps (as judged by visual inspection). Also, if I play it much
before soaking it, I let it dry out for a day before soaking it.
Basically, what you do is take the whole harp and drop it in a glass
filled with silicone oil and let it sit over night. Then let the harp
drain on a paper towel for at least 1 day. I generally blow it out with
compressed air after 1 day and let it sit for another day. Then, it'll
be ready to use. It won't swell even if it lasts a year.
I suppose one could disassemble the harp and just treat the comb, but it
doesn't hurt the reeds (there's no sticky build up) so I don't bother.
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