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Any tips for cleaning a violin from the early 1900s to make it usable again

You're right not to try applying cleaning products without fully knowing what you're doing. If you have a violin repair person or luthier in your area, I recommend you take it straight to them. They ...
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Is olive oil good for oiling a guitar fretboard?

Short answer: no. As a non-drying vegetable oil, it will eventually become rancid and not be fun. Same as safflower, peanut, sunflower, coconut, palm, etc. A better choice is a "drying oil" such as ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

For your first question. Your cymbal is oxidized, and the green color is called patina Initially, bare Cu metal atoms react with air to form the pink oxide, cuprite, Cu2O, which has Cu+1 cations. ...
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Any tips for cleaning a violin from the early 1900s to make it usable again

A violin does not have a simple finish but varnish that is supposed to be soft and extremely thin, to influence the vibration of the wood as little as possible. It is needless to say that you shouldn’...
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Crash cymbal turned green

This cymbal is an alloy of copper and tin. The green coulor is the a phenomene of the oxidation of copper. It can be cleaned and will disappear by a chemical reduction with hydrogenium. https://...
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Is olive oil good for oiling a guitar fretboard?

It's best to just wipe down your fret board with a damp clean cotton cloth. This is what Martin Guitars recommends for cleaning the fret boards of their acoustic guitars and it does work.
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rubbing alcohol to clean guitar

I personally would never recommend this. It might be OK for a typical mass produced modern instrument with a thick poly finish, but even then I don't think I would want it finding its way through ...
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Is olive oil good for oiling a guitar fretboard?

Olive oil, or any other vegetable-based oil, is not recommended for oiling any wood as it may go bad, or rancid, after a while. Most commercially available fretboard oils use mineral oil as their main ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

I hate to break it to everyone but, this is not oxidation at all... Yes, copper-based oxidation is green and occurs for all the reasons stated but, it's also (9 times out of 10) highly localized and ...
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Is it safe to use water to clean (rosewood, ebony, maple) fretboards?

A damp (not wet) rag should not cause any issues with most guitars - but, it's not going to do too much, in my opinion. Most of the dirt on a fingerboard is from oil off the users fingers, so you need ...
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How do dirty violin strings (uncleaned rosin) affect sound and playability?

There are a couple of things that can go wrong here if you don't clean off your rosin Simple Your bow needs to be able to grab the string. Does caked-on-rosin make it harder for your bow to pull the ...
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How to clean this guitar hardware?

The pots should clean up with either a damp microfibre, or maybe a bit of silicone polish. The bridge & pickup surround look like an entirely different challenge. They don't just look dirty, they ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

Yes oxidation, and all the scientific stuff everyone was mentioning. I have seen sweat, spit, and assortments of alcoholic beverages turn cymbals into this color. Essentially moisture and air as I ...
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Cleaning the Flute

Cleaning it everyday after using it is the most important step to keeping a flute clean. All you have to do is wipe down the inside and outside with a cloth to remove moisture. Remember that the ...
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Right piano pedal is bright

Obviously a grand piano, with sostenuto in the middle. Since the damper pedal is the most used on just about every piano (practice pedal on some gets used a lot but will be locked down), it appears ...
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How to remove lemon oil from guitar parts where it doesn't belong

Body & string posts... Microfibre cloths*, one wetted then squeezed as dry as you can get it, the other completely dry. Wipe over with the damp one, then dry with the dry. Repeat gently rather ...
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Usual Violin Maintenance?

A comprehensive list may be difficult for my tired brain, but here's a start. Daily/Weekly: Tune the instrument. At least test it every time you take it out. Don't defile yourself and others by ...
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How do I clean my harmonica without taking it apart?

Don’t take apart a marine band. They're put together with nails, not screws. After playing take a dry soft cloth and carefully dry it then let it air dry. Don’t close it up in the box. Mine only gets ...
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Cleaning a keyboard with water spots or some black spots on it

Yamaha keyboards of that type [PK/PSR etc] are usually painted plastic, certainly any metallic silver/grey sections - even the soft push-buttons. I don't know of any that are intentionally patterned ...
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Any tips for cleaning a violin from the early 1900s to make it usable again

It's possible the bad smell is coming from the case. It might need replacing, or it might benefit from some airing out. Do you have any interest in playing it? If not, later on (so as not to offend ...
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How do I clean my harmonica without taking it apart?

Take your favorite mug fill with about two thirds tepid water from the kettle and about one third vinegar - place your harp in the solution for twenty to thirty minutes - rinse thoroughly with clean ...
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Using coconut oil for electric guitar fretboard?

Wood can actually dry out, contrary to some other statements posted above. The natural oils that the wood naturally contains tend to evaporate over time. This may result in (tiny) cracks (but this ...
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Natural-finish electric guitar maintenance

The Chapman "Natural Finish" guitars have a satin lacquer finish to protect the wood. It is finished in a way to show off the natural wood. Executive Summary (TLDR): For a satin finish guitar use a ...
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How to Disinfect a Bansuri?

A wooden flute/Bansuri can be effectively cleaned externally using almond oil(wipe bansuri dry at the end), as it is said that almond oil absorbs itself in the wood easily, and penetrates deeper. If ...
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Disinfecting woodwind instruments

Rubbing alcohol will not damage the wood of reeds or the body of the instrument. But there might be problems with the surface finish (if any) of the instrument and/or any glue used on the reed. I ...
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Is it advisable to use a (smoking) pipe cleaner to clean a flute?

No. It would be very inefficient. Use a cleaning rod, bought or improvised, with a piece of cloth, typically an old handerchief.
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