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Methods and best practices for cleaning a musical instrument. Everyday cleaning maintains an instrument's quality in the long term. Cleaning up an old instrument, even if previously unplayable, can make it performance ready again.

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Will a soak in mouthwash hurt mouthpieces?

I’m teaching wind instruments to grade 7 and 8’s after a decade of teaching primary music. Since covid, my school board mandates a specific cleaning solution must be used for sanitation. Brass and ...
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How to clean this guitar hardware?

I neglected my guitar a little bit in the last years. Didn't do anything crazy with them; it just hung on the wall and when I played it I didn't really clean it. I know how to clean and maintain the ...
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Any tips for cleaning a violin from the early 1900s to make it usable again

Recently my grandfather gave me my great-grandmother's violin. He told me this violin was handmade in the early 1900s and it is an extremely precious family heirloom. The last time this instrument was ...
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Cleaning a keyboard with water spots or some black spots on it

I have a synth action keyboard which I'm planning to sell. As I'm cleaning my keyboard, I notice some black spots on it (possibly water spots??? I don't know how). Does anyone know what this exactly ...
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What are some ways to sanitize an acoustic guitar?

I'm picking up a used Taylor guitar tomorrow and because of everything that's going on I want to make sure I sanitize it. Would clorox wipes be bad for the guitar? Does anyone have suggestions on what ...
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Cleaning porous rosewood fretboard

I have a Fender Stratocaster with a rosewood fretboard. The wood is fairly porous, and over time I have had something like dirt, dust, or possibly wax build up in the pores of the wood grain. The ...
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Does a Dirty Piano on the Inside Affect Action and Sound?

I have researched this question with no results. All I find are tutorials on cleaning pianos, but nothing about the effect dirt and dust have on a piano. I have a Symphonic baby grand piano made in ...
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How do dirty violin strings (uncleaned rosin) affect sound and playability?

If I don't clean the rosin off my strings from time to time how will that affect the sound the strings make as the rosin builds up? How will it affect the playability, the way the bow moves over and ...
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Is it safe to use water to clean (rosewood, ebony, maple) fretboards?

It's common to see in message boards, forums, and news groups that using water to clean a fretboard can cause problems, or is otherwise advised against. It's not normally explained why, or if it only ...
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How can I remove toothpaste residue from my fretboard?

The last time I thoroughly cleaned my Taylor 214ce-SB DLX, I used toothpaste to polish the frets. I got lazy towards the end and stopped taping off the wood, resulting in toothpaste getting into the ...
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Right piano pedal is bright

The piano at my home has three pedals, and the one at the right is brighter and shinier than the other two. What has happened? Is it normal?
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How to Disinfect a Bansuri?

I am seeing different ways on Internet to disinfect a Bansuri. One person suggested submerging in water and then hold over an open flame (this doesn't sound like good idea, especially with the nylon ...
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Disinfecting woodwind instruments

I've bought an interesting instrument recently, a zurna, which I was really excited about. The problem is the same day I first used it (without cleaning it before, yes I know, stupid) I got quite an ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

What makes it green? Any way to clean this? It looks so much like old Chinese pottery.
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How do I disassemble a slide whistle in order to clean it?

How do I disassemble it so that I can clean it? (click to enlarge)
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Cleaning the Flute [duplicate]

I play flute and every day I try to clean it but the inside always seems to be dirty what should I do? What material of cloth should i use? What's the best way to remember to clean it?
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Is it advisable to use a (smoking) pipe cleaner to clean a flute?

In this question it was asked how to clean the inside of a flute. The answers include different tools, all of them basically a stick with a piece of cloth, ranging from an 8$ stick to a 25$ stick. ...
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Usual Violin Maintenance?

What kind of maintenance should be performed daily, weekly, and monthly? Furthermore, what products would be best for things such as cleaning?
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Natural-finish electric guitar maintenance

I would like to buy an electric guitar with a natural finish(chapman rs1-6). The problem is that the guitar have a natural finish and I don't know how to clean/mantain this guitar. Are oil needed or I ...
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rubbing alcohol to clean guitar

I am still kind of a beginner in the music field; I'm learning classical guitar by myself, and have no one that I can consult or ask locally! So I'm asking if cleaning Classical Guitars (the strings ...
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How to remove lemon oil from guitar parts where it doesn't belong

I recently had a little mishap while cleaning the fredboard and spilled almost half a bottle of lemon oil over my guitar. Unfortunately lemon oil has the word "oil" in it, therefore it takes a lot of ...
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Is olive oil good for oiling a guitar fretboard?

I need to oil and clean my guitar fretboard and was wondering if a damp cloth and olive oil is good for this?
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What do you use to remove a potent allergen from a classical guitar?

As anyone who gets poison ivy will know, it usually takes a day or two after contact with the plant for an allergic reaction to appear. Long story short, I got poison ivy without knowing, and ...
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Using coconut oil for electric guitar fretboard?

I have an ESP Ltd H-101 fm and the fretboard seems to be drying (maybe?) Can I use coconut oil on the fretboard instead of lemon oil or other oils specifically used on fretboards? Also what are the ...
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How should I clean my fingerboard without damaging my violin?

The other day I was teaching some 5 and 6 year old friends about my violin, and they drew the bow all over the fingerboard, making the strings sticky. I don't want to damage my violin while cleaning ...
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Clean and polish an old violin

My violin is an old(ish) violin, an early 1900s copy of an 1818 German one. On Sunday as my wife and I were watching TV a loud noise came from my violin and I rushed over to find the tailpiece had ...
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Dip-polishing silver-nickel keys

I'm working on restoring an old clarinet. The keys are badly tarnished - I've been working on them using a cloth and metal polish, but: It's very time consuming; I'm finding it impossible to get ...
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How to clean solid cedar top guitar?

I have Takamine G330S guitar with solid cedar top. What procedure should I use to clean it? I've been using it for 2 years and it has minor spots, mostly from sweat and just general use. No dirt or ...
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How to clean a marine band harmonica that cannot be unscrewed?

I've discussed that subject before, and you all insisted that i have to unscrew it. Now I have this marine band, you have to see to believe! Here's a folder containing all the photos that you may ...
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How to disassemble a tuba for cleaning

When I remove the valves of a piston tuba, do I remove the spring also?
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How do I clean my harmonica without taking it apart?

I have seen many videos on "how to clean harmonicas", but in all of them, you have to take the harmonica apart, clean it and reassemble it. The thing is there's no marine band harmonica in ...
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cleaning trombone slide where outer slide is under the inner slide

I have been playing for some time, but have never found a good way to clean the inner slide up inside the part where the outer slide is under the metal in first position I've tried tooth picks and ...
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Remove Mouthpiece Tarnish

I have a fifty year old F.E. Olds & Sons Ambassador cornet. It lay unused for 30+ years (it is now oiled and greased properly). There is considerable tarnish on the mouthpiece and on the slides. ...
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How do I clean the windway on my recorder?

I have a plastic soprano recorder that is about ten years old. Over the years, it's accumulated some dirt or something in the windway. It has a straight windway. What is the best way to clean it out? ...
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How to clean a tuba thoroughly

A tuba is quite large, and can be quite a challenge to clean thoroughly on both inside and outside. I need some good advice on how to do this properly without harming the mechanisms.
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Importance of cleaning a tuba regularly?

I am wondering if a dirty tuba affects sound in a great deal. Not regarding if it shines or not on the outside, but as oil residue etc. build up in the valve canals and stuff like that. The pipes and ...
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