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Cork Grease
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Author:  larrym [ Sun May 04, 2008 9:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Cork Grease

The Sweetheart Resonance Low D whistle I ordered arrived yesterday afternoon. I've never had a whistle that I needed to grease before so I need to ask the proper way to go about it. Do I just take the tube of cork grease and apply it directly to the cork inside the whistle tube? Or should I put some on my finger to apply it? Do I apply a liberal amount, just a wee bit, or what? Someone help me, please!!! :shock:



Author:  Judy K [ Sun May 04, 2008 9:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Cork Grease

Hmmm ... I just use the cork grease directly from the tube, lightly all around ... and then smear it with my fingers just to get it evenly distributed. If it's the right way or not is questionable. That's just how I always did it on my clarinet.

One thing I was warned about on the soprano sweetheart is to not leave it together. The cork will compress and eventually get loose-fitting. The rules may have changed in the last couple of years though. The Sweets are usually glad to answer any questions you have.

Enjoy the Sweetheart, Larry. A new whistle is always fun! :party:

Author:  larrym [ Sun May 04, 2008 9:34 pm ]
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Thanks for the quick response and answer, Judy!

The info included with the whistle says to always store it taken apart, so nothings changed in that regard. So I take it that, even after being greased, the two pieces should still be a bit tight to put together?

And I will most definitely enjoy this whistle. I already love it. Aside from my WhistleSmith Low D, this is the first Low D I've been able to play right "out of the box".



Author:  Judy K [ Mon May 05, 2008 1:26 am ]
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I haven't played the Resonance Low D, but the pieces should fit together snugly, even with the cork grease. If it's hard to get the pieces together, that would be too tight. Keith has one of these. Hopefully he'll jump in, if I give you any wrong info ... when he can find time.

Any new instrument is a joy ... :D

Author:  Adrian [ Mon May 05, 2008 10:29 am ]
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We have a number of quality wooden recorders and what we have found is that it is best to have an instrument that fits tightly together when new. If it is very easy to put together then it will not be long before the joint becomes loose.

Author:  larrym [ Mon May 05, 2008 12:15 pm ]
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Thanks, Adrian. I was wondering if perhaps there might be a problem with the whistle I can't see...Man, that baby is definitely a snug fit! Then again, it might be easier to put together with a younger man's hands!!! :lol:



Author:  Adrian [ Mon May 05, 2008 4:57 pm ]
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It would be good to hear from Mack and Tommy on this as makers.

Author:  DonHen [ Wed May 07, 2008 8:09 pm ]
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Interesting post. I would be interested to know if Keith takes the head off his Reviol when not in use, I have the C and D Tube and it came with an aluminum cuff so I assumed the greater danger in a cork grip would be drying out???

Enjoy the new low D.

Don in AZ

Author:  Judy K [ Wed May 07, 2008 11:52 pm ]
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I don't have any aluminum whistles with cork, Don ... so I don't know. Cork drying out in Arizona would be a real concern. I've heard rumors it gets HOT! The best bet, if there is a question, is to check with the maker of the whistle and ask his opinion. (That way you can blame him if anything really does go wrong ... ;) )

Author:  khl [ Thu May 08, 2008 1:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cork Grease

Haven't had troubles with my Resonance whistle. I've just used a little grease now and then on the cork itself. I'm not certain how things would be if I were in a dry climate.

Don, I don't take the Reviol apart when storing. Hasn't been a problem and hope it won't be.

Author:  Lyn D [ Thu May 08, 2008 4:37 pm ]
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I have the Resonance low D and I just put some grease on my finger and put it evenly, on the cork. I don't take mine apart when I'm not playing it.

Author:  larrym [ Thu May 08, 2008 8:23 pm ]
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I was thinking about not taking it apart, Lyn, but I'm a bit hesitant. The joint hasn't started getting to be loose-fitting by doing this?



Author:  Lyn D [ Fri May 09, 2008 9:36 pm ]
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The joint has not loosened in the least. :mrgreen: It is still pretty tight.

Author:  larrym [ Sat May 10, 2008 8:03 am ]
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Thanks, Lyn, that's all I needed to hear. Guess that removes my hesitancy! :lol:



Author:  Megan S [ Tue May 27, 2008 11:44 pm ]
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I just got my new Low D!! It was for my birthday, which isn't until July 3rd, but since we live in Nome, all presents come by mail. It just so happened that my present (the Low D) and all of Dave's presents came on the same day, so we decided to have cake and ice cream and open presents! So I was playing my new whistle, and Dave was using his new bore sighter. What fun! I love early birthday presents! I have to say it was quite a change going from the Sweetheart 'D' to the Low 'D', but so far so good. It is definitely going to take some practice learning the new grip style, but thankfully I can do it now after my most recent surgery! Three months ago I could barely play the regular 'D'. Yay! I'll keep you posted on the progress. I have yet to play for anyone but my hubby, the broken arm kind of thwarted my progress in the last year, out Nome, here i come! In other news......We got a snowstorm yesterday and the ocean ice came back in- frozen ocean again- drat....

Author:  ConnieS [ Wed May 28, 2008 2:50 pm ]
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Happy way-early birthday, Megan! :party: :party: :party:

Author:  larrym [ Wed May 28, 2008 10:14 pm ]
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ConnieS wrote:
Happy way-early birthday, Megan! :party: :party: :party:

And the same sentiment from me, too! :party: :party: :party:



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