From: Douglas Tate <;100576.32~ompuserve.com>;
Date: 26 Nov 95 07:32:24 EST
Subject: Windsavers and sticking

: WVE~ol.com is quite right. Caustic soda (dishwasher powder and liquid)
will clean your harmonica wonderfully. It also takes the glaze off your china
and pits glasses put in the dishwasher.

Have we got a language problem here??? do you mean a soft soap liquid for
washing dishes by hand or the stuff which you put in a dishwashing machine.
If the former you will be able to play one tune with ease and no popping (I'm
forever blowing bubbles)
If the latter, book your Doctor before you start playing, mouthorgan will
work beautifully, but you won't.

The trouble with the standard instrument is that it has a wooden body which
absorbs water and any salts contained in it. It will then obligingly allow the
salts to mix with any new liquid injected, ie saliva. I can't play anything
except trumpet calls without drawing so I suspect that some of the
contaminated saliva would come back into me. There is also the problem
of getting a rinse down the spring hole.

With a metal or plastic bodied instrument you CAN use this method if you
spend a considerable time rinsing ... which rather negates the idea of having a
deposit of surface tension reducing substance on the flap as it all gets washed off.

This is only my opinion. However, I have reached my advanced age by (a)
living and exemplary, celibate and charitable life and (b) not putting poisons in my
harmonica ... sort of counterproductive I think. (Note, only one of those
statements is true.

Douglas T ... Monk


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