The Significance Of Musical Instrument Cleaning


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The Significance Of Musical Instrument Cleaning

  1. 1. The Significance Of Musical Instrument Cleaning
  2. 2. Regular instrument cleaning and maintenance is essential to keeping them in proper working condition. It is advisable to have your instruments inspected and serviced by a professional on regular basis. The inspection is quite important because you will know whether or not your instruments need to be cleaned.
  3. 3. To begin with, you should keep your instruments away from moisture. This is vital because some instruments like those made of brass and nickel can corrode if exposed to excess moisture. Also, wooden ones are likely to expand and later split after absorbing excess water. For that reason, you need to keep their surfaces dry at all times. Use a piece of cloth to wipe out any water deposits on the surfaces of the instruments.
  4. 4. Woodwind instruments have pads that cover the holes in the body in order to be able to produce different tones. If such pads absorb moisture, they become bloated and may fail to cover the tone holes properly. This may lead to low quality tones. If you want your instrument to produce the best tones, make sure that such pads are always dry.
  5. 5. Body Acids can also cause harm to your instruments. Perspiration from hands leads to production of some acids that can affect metals. Such acids may include lactic, traces of hydrochloric acid, among others. Some of the perspiration is alkaline but may be harmful just like the acids. You should keep the instruments free from perspiration by cleaning them regularly. Consider wiping out all the perspiration after using the instrument.
  6. 6. The saliva from the mouth also contains some acids that may attack metal. For instance, carbonic acid is usually present in the saliva. Other acids are also formed in the mouth depending on the kind of food eaten and the hygienic condition of the mouth. Soft solder is affected by acids from saliva. Areas that are soldered can be eaten out entirely by these saliva acids. That is why the inside of musical instruments should be cleaned thoroughly in order to remove these acids.
  7. 7. Some people use water instead of oil to lubricate their instruments. Note that water contains some salts. These salts form white substances on the pistons and slides of musical instruments and act as abrasives. They can cause wearing out metals such as chromium and nickel. Examples of such salts include calcium and magnesium. If you live in areas where water is salty or hard, consider using distilled water to lubricate rotary valves and new pistons.
  8. 8. Foreign matter can also affect the quality of sound produced by musical instruments. A surprising amount of foreign materials and that accumulate in wind instruments can cause blockage if not cleaned out. This could also be unhealthy because the food materials can enter into your lungs and cause some health complications.
  9. 9. Corrosion may also attack the piston valves of your musical instruments. Foreign substances are also likely to accumulate in the piston valves rendering them inefficient. If dirt builds up in these pistons, the entire instrument may not work properly. You must ensure that all the dirt is removed for the instruments to be efficient. Consider looking for an instrument cleaning professional to do the work on your behalf.
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