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Offline Ed McCullough

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Washing between valve layers
« on: November 29, 2022, 12:18:35 AM »
What do people like for washing between the layers of two layer valves?   Someone once suggested that brown grocery bags have nice roughness and could swab the surfaces well. However, paper bags tear easily when they are wet.

Maybe a person should use a flexible plastic sheet and glue some cloth to each side.

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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2022, 12:31:35 AM »
Coffee filter paper works pretty good too
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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2022, 12:36:48 AM »
Thanks for mentioning coffee filter paper.

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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2022, 05:36:51 AM »
Yes!!  Strips of coffee filter work great. They don’t have to be wet. Just gently slide between layers, hold with finger pressure, and pull out.
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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2022, 09:18:59 AM »
Doug Tate recommended newsprint.
Later, he found a better solution, but
I forget what it is.

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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2022, 09:36:48 AM »
I bet construction paper elementary school art classes you do a good  job. A large art supply store close enough to where I live. They have scores of types of paper. I think I will look in there and find a small sheet of paper with a rough surface.

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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2022, 09:38:18 AM »
I use synthetic chamois swabs:

https://a.co/d/3gwy8HM  (that's an Amazon link, or search for Double Head Chamois Swab)

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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2022, 09:41:25 AM »
Do you get the synthetic swabs from an artificial Navy?

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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2022, 09:45:13 AM »
I use synthetic chamois swabs:

https://a.co/d/3gwy8HM  (that's an Amazon link, or search for Double Head Chamois Swab)

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I recall your previous recommendation and bought some - find them very useful - thank you.
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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2022, 11:21:32 AM »
Yes!!  Strips of coffee filter work great. They don’t have to be wet. Just gently slide between layers, hold with finger pressure, and pull out.

The last time I used it, I held the filter over some boiling water boiling on the stove just a bit to make it just a tad damp. For me, wet is kinda sloppy and a pain in the shorts to dry.
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Re: Washing between valve layers
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2022, 09:04:54 PM »
I realized that the valves that stick are only the "blow" valves. After you remove coverplates, the "blow"  valves are on the outside of the harmonica. I do not have to remove the coverplates. That avoids much handling of the reed plates. The less I handle the reed plates, the less likely I am to damage valves and reeds.

I rinse my mouth with water and brush my teeth before I play. There are no food particles in my harmonicas.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2022, 09:08:32 PM by Ed McCullough »