Re: [Harp-L] disinfecting harps

Dr. Antaki, I'm glad you chimed in on this. How much of Junior Johnson's 80 proof moonshine would be needed to disinfect an unsealed Marine Band? My thoughts have been a covering of all internal surfaces would do. 
Funny you should mention scotch, I spent some time a few years ago experimenting with bourbon and found the old timers might have been on to something with a quick dip of an unsealed pearwood harmonica into bourbon. When it dries, it fills in pores to some degree. If one let's a few drops of barrel aged whiskey dry on a flat, hard surface like a plate, it's a bit easier to see what it does. 


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On Apr 11, 2012, at 22:52, James Antaki <turbodog@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I've actually given this a great deal of thought, and conducted research in which I cultured the bugs before and after various modes of disinfection.
> Cutting to the chase, my favorite high-tech solution is ozone.  It gets into all the nooks and crannies, and does not involve any moisture. It kills most everything, and only takes a couple of minutes.  If you're interested, I would refer you to the shameless commerce division of turboharp website. (
> My favorite low-tech option is a dilute solution of chlorine bleach - approximating the level of a swimming pool. But be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards.  H202 is also a good option. In a pinch, mouthwash like chloraseptic is a backup option, as is ethanol for that matter - preferably in the form of 25-year-old scotch whisky.
> Turbodog

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