Re: [Harp-L] cleaning old (pre-war) marineband

The Birchwood Casey is a good cleaner, but where Bob and I differ on advice is that I brush sideways, across the reeds with a tad of dishwashing detergent like Dawn.  I brush very lightly with several passes and have never had a problem.  I have had a brush fiber get stuck in the reed when brushing as Bob does, but that is just me.  Too bad we can't floss them after Efferdent. 

Lockjaw Larry

From: Robert Coble <robertpcoble@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Harp-L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2011 2:07 PM
Subject: Re:[Harp-L] cleaning old (pre-war) marineband

Mike Price asked:

"What's a good way to clean very old rust off the reed and coverplates from an old marineband?"

I use Birchwood Casey Brass Cartridge Case Cleaner, mixed according to the directions on the bottle.
I mix just enough for a 2-pint ultra sonic cleaner (2 teaspoons). I run the ultra sonic cleaner through
at least 3 3-minute cycles. Usually, that is sufficient cleaning to remove all rust and gunk.

Afterwards, I put the parts in an Efferdent dental cleanser solution (2 tablets; about 1 pint of warm
water) until all fizzing stops and the liquid turns clear (about 10 minutes). During this process, I use a 
very soft toothbrush to GENTLY brush everything clean. Be especially careful around the reeds, only
brushing from the rivet end toward the free end.

There are many different solutions that will remove rust from a harp. I've tried a lot, but like this one

Crazy Bob

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