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RC | 15th Mar 2006, 9:22 PM | 一般 | (1483 Reads)
I did a little research for Terry McGee while at theNFA flute convention in Nashville. He was curious to know what the various wooden instrument makers use or recommend re oils and oiling. He was also curious to know why a particular bore oil manufacturer thinks their oil has merit. I asked quite a few makers, but also some repair people. Some of the makers surveyed wanted me to post my results in hopes that they might start up some discussion about the topic. Here are the results of my survey (Note-Please excuse some of themore elementary points that I'm sure that many of youknow. Many non-makers and non-repair people on thelist may be interested in these points).
Please note that the list is in no particular orderand that all people listed used the same oil on theinside and outside of the flute tubing.
1. BOAZ BERNEY- http://www.berneyflutes.com/
uses raw linseed oil(don't use boiled linseed oil astoo thick)
Notes-DRYING OIL (Tung oil, linseed, etc.)Usage drying oil--goes into wood and dries in wood-oil carefully. not too much or will crystallize inbore and deform bore. Need to wipe away excess.
Advantages drying oil -is easily controlled
NON-DRYING OIL (olive oil, almond oil, peanut oil?etc.)
Usage non-drying oil--let oil soak into wood-stays liquid
Advantages non-drying oil--non-crystallizing
2. ABELL FLUTE COMPANYhttp://www.abellflute.com/
uses almond oil
Notes-Usage of almond oil--just use on surface-how soaks in depends on the temp of the oil and grainstructure of the wood.
Why likes almond oil--a natural nut oil-works better with the ?egetableness?of the wood-less tendency to go rancid over time-thinks nut oil molecules smaller so oil tends to soakin a little more
3. MILES AHEAD INSTRUMENT SALES 7 SERVICE - Hammigfluteshttp://www.milesahead.org/
uses organic oil (thinks it olive or some othervegetable oil, but not sure)
Why likes this oil:-as organic, no petroleum products in it. Ifpetroleum products in it, it doesn absorb as well.
4. YAMAHA
uses linseed oil
Why likes linseed oil-natural material-wood less likely to crack-good for sound-after dries up is harder-other oils too easy to remove-linseed oil more stable.
5. LOU CARLINI
uses a 50% boiled linseed oil and 50% Wilbert lemonoil mix
Why likes--thinner coat-stays more liquid and absorbs faster-doesn get gummy
6. COOPERMAN FIFE AND DRUM COMPANYhttp://www.cooperman.com/
uses Aisyn bore oil fromAerospace Lubricants Inc.1505 Delashmist Ave.Columbus Ohio43212
7. POWELL FLUTES
uses clarified almond oil-To clarify, put about one inch of almond oil in aquart jar. Fill it 2/3rds full of water. Shake. Leave for a day or two. This helps dissolve the crud. Skim off oil and put in container. The Powell representative that I talked to mentionedthat he uses the same oil recipe as was recommended byQuantz.
Why likes-doesn go rancid
Notes--look for high content of oleic acid in oil. Tung oilis best for this.-No oil will stop moisture from getting into the wood-linseed oil is toxic-tung oil is good for preventing moisture, but looksbad and hard to use-Wooden Powell flutes are soaked in the oil and latervarnished with a proprietary product.-more is not better where oil is concerned. Use aslittle as possible.
I was directed to the Powell website for more info:http://www.powellflutes.com/templates/technicalGen.asp?LinkId=108#WoodCare
8. FOLKERS AND POWELL
Uses linseed oil
Why likes-tradition. Used for thousands of years. Not aconcern how penetrates wood thousands of years ago.
Notes-A little more about oiling can be found here on theFolkers and Powell web site:http://www.baroqueflute.com/owners.html
9. HOWELL ROBERTShttp://www.woodwind.dk/FLUTE1rb.htm
uses almond oil
Why likes--goes into wood quickly-doesn smell (linseed smells)-doesn get sticky-good for skin
10. SIMON POLAKhttp://www.earlyflute.com/
uses linseed oil and almond oil
Notes--soak in linseed oil for two weeks. Dry. Rebore.At end uses different finishes.-uses almond oil for nice sheen. You don want wetlinseed oil because will crust
END OF SURVEY
Someone mentioned to me that there is a detailedarticle on bore oil in one of the issues of WoodwindQuarterly:http://www.musictrader.com/wwqindex.htmlI had a quick browse through some of the topics listedat the above web site, but couldn find it.Perhaps someone who knows of the article could directus to the particular issue.
I look forward to any discussion or corrections of mynotes.
Best wishes,Susan
Susan MaclaganWinnipeg, Canada
Let's start from the beginning: drying or non-drying oil? I prefer drying oils as the others just get wiped off. Of the drying oils, the traditional one, at least in the West, is linseed oil, which I used for many years. I now prefer Tung oil, for these reasons:
Tung oil advantages:
1. It dries quickly (in about a day).2. It has an acceptable odour.3. It is non-toxic. (Tung oil is acceptable for use on salad bowls and the like.)4. It provides excellent protection against moisture. (I have it on my dining room table. You can put a hot, wet mug on it and not leave a mark.)
Tung oil disadvantage:
1. It dries to a matt finish
Linseed oil advantage:
1. It dries to a shinier finish
Linseed oil disadvantages:
1. It takes up to a week to dry.2. It stinks. (I don't like my flute to smell like a cricket bat.)3. So-called 'boiled oil' has driers added that may be toxic.4. In my case linseed oil brings up mouth ulcers.
When I did use linseed oil, in the days when I made my living playing the flute, I used to thin it by heating the oil, which thinned it very effectively but made the entire house smell like a cricket bat. In the interests of domestic harmony I took to heating the stuff out of doors.
One day I tried Tung oil, liked it, and have used nothing else since. I use it at room temperature, without thinners, but I apply it in a very, very thin layer. I exaggerate by telling my customers to apply it one molecule thick.
I oil my headjoint when I feel it doesn't respond as it should. When the articulation starts to feel a bit woolly, I oil the headjoint. That always makes it better, and it makes it sound better, too, for reasons I don't fully understand.
Robert.
-- Robert Bigio Robert@bigio.comLondon, England http://www.bigio.com

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