From: Charles Deering <;>;
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 17:30:50 -0500
Subject: Re: Detergent

Many recorder players use a wetting agent in the windway of the smaller
recorders to discourage water droplets forming and drastically reducing
the tone. I've tried a few and they work. My favorite was Kodak's
"Photoflo." I would apply the stuff just before an important performance
and rinse it out thoroughly afterwards.

I finally gave it up in favor of the even more effective technique of
sucking the offending moisture out - not an appealing thought, but the
audience doesn't have to know. I think it's pretty safe because what
you get is mostly condensation from your own breath and some saliva.
I would never try this on an unknown instrument.

Most recorder players treat their instruments inside and out with mineral
oil or vaseline. We usually wait till the instrument is well broken in,
apply a thin coat, rub in well, remove excess and wait a while before
playing. I don't think the stuff dries but it does soak in.

Any harmonica players do this routinely to wooden combs?

Charles Deering

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