Re: Subject: [Harp-L] RE; HARP CLEANING
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In a message dated 4/27/2007 8:47:50 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Mark Kegel writes:
"Just wanted to know what everyone is using to clean out the combs.
Some one said to use Windex, someone else said to use
rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. How about it?
Depends on what your comb is made of. If anything but wood, any of the su
ggestions you've been given EXCEPT Windex would be okay...(don't use
as a final "rinse" you wouldn't use in you mouth)...but Jason Ricci did a
post about his whole "Sexy Rocker OCD cleaning ritual" you should be able
find in the archives....I posted my slightly less involved version after
his. There should be lots of information there ...just look under that
and all sorts of information will come up. It depends if you're cleaning
chromatics or diatonics of course (windsavers can peel off if you're
I have an Ultrasonic cleaner I've used on a couple of diatonics with
bodies...but then I tend to take them apart anyway to dry off the underside
of the covers, then use my MAAS polish to prevent rusting....
then 91% Rubbing alcohol to remove any trace of the polish wherever my
might come into contact. Cotton swabs aren't exactly lint-free...so a
toothbrush dedicated for that purpose (Reach-type ones are best) dipped
alcohol scrubbed up into the mouthpiece with the harp held mouthpiece
down....can loosen most of the junk....then a soft wood (orange stick)
wrapped in bits of a soft cotton cloth (old torn up t shirts are great for
this)....toothpicks, small brushes (bendable wire ones....I just soaked
scrubbed out instead of discarding old mascara brushes and am now using
clean the nooks and crannies of the mouthpieces...the tips are bendable).
Some people swear by denture tablets ....but I can't imagine soaking any
metal covered harp in water. That's what begins the rust, imho. So I do
mostly with the alcohol....I may use a dampened cloth just to wipe away
residue...but only occasionally and very sparingly.
I had lots of discussions (and demonstrations) with people at Buckeye
the polish I use (since I originally found it in Ohio)...so here's a link
their website. Phil Lloyd found it much less expensively on Yahoo, but
mention here it being used on musical instruments including harmonicas
time I saw that specific reference)....Just incidentally, it's been found
be excellent for motorcycles too :)
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