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Wax on Reed plate. Avoid valve sticking

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Ed McCullough:
Vern Smith used to advocate waxing the Reed plate to avoid valve sticking. What kind of wax do you guys and gals recommend?

brorat:

--- Quote from: Ed McCullough on January 22, 2024, 01:54:50 AM ---Vern Smith used to advocate waxing the Reed plate to avoid valve sticking. What kind of wax do you guys and gals recommend?

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I've never done that, Ed, so I don't have a suggestion for wax.  In my five years of playing multiple harmonicas, my valves only stick if I don't warm the harp.  Warming is much simpler than waxing the plates.

Gnarly He Man:
Floor wax (with carnuba).
I tried it, but it’s been a while.
What Brorat sez  8)

wolfman:
  I resemble those remarks.

   Roman

Age:
I tried that wax trick once, and it kinda worked but as I recall, it was a pain in the cheeks applying the stuff without damaging the valves. Prolly a good thing to do when you replace all the outside blow-reed valves. I think the principle may be that condensation is less likely to show up on a waxy surface than on bare metal? Next time I do an outside valve replacement, I'll definitely do it again. 

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