I acquired a bassoon recently from my school.
It appears the previous owner was less than routine with their cleaning of the instrument, and there is a (prepare yourself) thin layer of congealed saliva/‘water’ coating the boot of the instrument.
I tried using my “silk” swab (closer inspection revealed it was made of polyester) to clean out the instrument, and it got a good portion of the mess out, but I’m concerned that if I don’t get all of it out, further damage to the wood will occur.
To clarify, the instrument sounds fine. I am worried about the future condition of the instrument.
My teacher said to (carefully) try and clean it, and if the hunk doesn’t come out, then they will take the instrument to the local store, because it would leave me without an instrument to practice on. (I am just starting bassoon, after ~1 year of piano, and 3-4 years of percussion)
Are there any low-cost, efficient methods for cleaning the instrument?