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Renovating a Moldy Old Wood Clarinet
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Fiddlerman
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Interesting. Did you order it?

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@Fiddlerman and others.  The gun goes for $150.  I found the handle (import glue dispenser) for $10 and 30 cc plastic dispensing tubes for $5.  I am going to substitute a laboratory block heater ($15 on eBay) and see if it works.

It is likely cheaper to purchase some aluminium tubes from the maker of the z-gun than it would be to attempt to make some.  Of course, I will try to refill them with shellac on my own then the time comes.

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I purchased two metal tubes of shellac for $16 each.  Vendor also thought boy should use a re-solder air torch instead of a butane torch for greater safety.  I completely agree.

We are currently working on a hard rubber clarinet.  I gave a section a little polish with paste wax and it looks great.  I read that leather black dye can be used to restore hard rubber that has turned green.  So many tricks, so little time to learn.

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Just got done doing a clarinet repad using shellac suspended in alcohol.  Just dipped it on the back of the pad and interior of the key cup with the provided brush (think nail polish), allowed it to dry for a few minutes, put pad in cup, and secured with a few seconds of heat with a butane torch.  Very quick, very neat, and worked great.  Sometimes, it pays to think outside of the box.

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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Fiddlerman
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November 7, 2019 - 1:38 pm
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You're right, it pays to think outside the box. Great job Irv!

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I made a very slight modification (basically added a piece of silicone tubing to the steaming tube) to a Mr. Coffee expresso maker and turned it into a steam cleaner.  I am still using the existing metal nozzle and repurposed a safety shield for the steam tube for a wand handle.  It works amazingly well.  A prodigious amount of steam can be procured from a few ounces of water.  I am using distilled water to prolong the life of the expresso maker.  

Silicone tubing has a melting point of about 650 F.  I would not attempt to substitute a different material for the tubing.E84A8100-35EC-4F17-82E0-2BD4EED8C594.jpegImage Enlarger

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Creative. 😁

Way to go Irv!

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@Fiddlerman .  Most fun I have had with six bucks in a long time.  

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Interesting. My great-aunt's "boyfriend" gave me a fife when he knew I was a musician (this would have been around 1970 when he would have been 80). Nice of him, except that it was so filthy my parents wouldn't let me play it. I think they threw it away. It was ebony, maybe dated to about 1900, and he last played it before WWI, I guess!

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Hi @Gordon Shumway and others.  I always thought of a harmonica as a sort of low tech bioreactor.  I bet I could clean one with this thing, but I have no desire to purchase a used harmonica to test.  I guess even I have my limits for science.  I do have an expanding watch band that must have been the daily ware of a coal miner.  That will be interesting.

I just procured some USMC Black leather dye to recondition the color of a hard rubber clarinet.  

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I applied a coat of USMC Black leather dye on a stripped section of a hard rubber clarinet tonight.  Looked very bad, much worse than before the treatment.  Liked streaked flat black with no definition.  Felt that I ruined the instrument, which is a very unusual feeling for me.  Had no clue how long the dye should be kept on the surface, so I gave it two hours.  Rubbed dye off with a cotton cloth.  The body looks terrific.  

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Great that you were able to correct it. We learn though trial and error.

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The craft uses a special tool to remove tenon joint corks without damaging the underlying wood.  I have not been able to locate one of those tools for sale.  The local hardware store is giving away a combination paint can and bottle top opener which works perfectly.4947795A-7B5F-4B1C-81BF-16C6A7C5532E.jpegImage Enlarger

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Cleaning the fabric in a clarinet case is my new project.  Otherwise, it is easy to spend $40 to case a $10 clarinet.  

Equipment

wet/dry shop vac

plastic water bottle with a nail hole through top, filled with water

32 fluid oz. spray bottle

bristle brush

Cleaner Ingredients 

6 fluid oz. Dawn Ultra Platinum 

10 fluid oz. Ethanol

1 fluid oz. Oxy Clean Max Force

19 fluid oz. warm distilled water (or to fill spray container)

Procedure

Spray cleaner on case fabric and brush.

Allow 10 to 15 minutes of reaction time.

Apply water from bottle on fabric and immediately vacuum, working in tandem until all cleaner and dirt is removed from fabric.  Once clean, continue to use vacuum alone until surface is dry.

Repeat process if required.  

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

Experience is a difficult teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson after.

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