Re: toxicity of sealants

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Bob Maglinte <bbqbob917@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: G. <gigs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 2:29 AM
> Subject: Re: toxicity of sealants
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "G." <gigs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > To: "harp-l" <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > Sent: Saturday, September 20, 2003 4:38 AM
> > Subject: Re: toxicity of sealants
> > >
> > > Which reminds me... the latest Hering wood comb diatonic harmonica
> > > "Vintage 1923" ... is its comb sealed?  If so whats it sealed with?
> > >
> > > Best Regards
> > > G.
> >
> > Hi,
> > The Hering Vintage Harps comes with a factory sealed wood comb, and
> > the woodbeing used is Marfim Imperial from the Brazillian tropics,
> > according to Carlos Bertolazzi at their headquarters in Brazil. Another
> > person on this list whses name escapes me at this moment had a
> > conversation with a European distributor and according to his source,
> > the sealant being used is parrafin oil. Carlos had told me they tried
> > different sealants, including all of the  ones mentioned, but none of
> > them worked particarly well with this  wood, and they settled on this
> > particular sealant.
> >
> > I understand from Carlos that in the next year or two, they'll be coming
> > out with a line oif chromatics using this particular sealed wooden comb.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Barbeque Bob Maglinte
> > Boston, MA
- - ----- Original Message -----
From: "G." <gigs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Bob Maglinte" <bbqbob917@xxxxxxxxxxx>;
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 2:09 AM
Subject: Re: toxicity of sealants

> Thank you Bob,
> I'm quite surprised it ended up being Paraffin ~OIL~, the MSDS sheets
> I've seen  for it aren't exactly encouraging its use around the mouth
> and/or nose.
> But there you go.
> G.

Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 17:08:48 +0100
From: "Robert Venables" <robert.venables@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: toxicity of sealants

What is being referred to, I guess, is what we know in the UK as Liquid
Parafin, a medically approved ( and odourless) laxative.
(................... insert funny comment here)
Rob V

Hello Rob V.
Yes I have a bottle of Paraffin Liquid here which I bought over the counter
a while ago.  Franz Chmel & Jens Bunge recommend its use as a slide

As BBQ Bob lives in the USA its safe to assume he's using USA language and

Whatever the case, no matter where you are in the world, there is a big
difference between Paraffin Liquid and Paraffin Oil, and I think it is
reasonable to expect people who are giving out information and facts are
careful about important distinctions like this which is why I commented on
it.   You cannot drink Paraffin oil and safely expect "internal lubrication"
without some nasty side effects.

BBQ Bob has stated that Hering are using Paraffin Oil to seal their wood
combs.  Perhaps he could confirm that this is what he meant.


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