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Jason's Harp Cleaning Video

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Jun 03, 2009 1:42 PM GMT

In Jason's video, he goes side to side across both sides of a reedplate. Will that affect the reeds? I always brushed the reeds 'with the grain', but Jason recommends against that.

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Jun 03, 2009 2:17 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

No, it's fine as long as you do exactly what Jason tells you to do, "light and fast".

If you put too much pressure on then you could move the reeds out of alignment though.

Jun 03, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
Sjoeberg D Replied:

I would suggest to use a ultrasonic cleaner. It removes everything that are not supposed to be on the reeds or reed plates, gentle and safe and very fast. It leaves a completely clean reedplate and also a sterilised suface. I saw a price recently somewhere for aroung USD 50.


Jun 07, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
Sjoeberg D Replied:

At an ultrasonic cleaner, perfect for cleaning harmonica parts, can be bought for less than USD 30!


Jun 07, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

I just picked up this one:Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry and Eyeglass Cleaner Cleaning Machine

for $19 at Amazon. Can't beat that. This should work without even taking the reed plates out first. Ultrasonic cleaners work by sending very high frequency sound waves through the water. This creates a cavitation action that will knock loose scale and stuff. It won't remove oily deposits, however.

Jun 11, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

I dont go with the grain because the bristles of the tooth brush get caught in the reed slots.

Jun 18, 2009 8:53 AM GMT
Raśl M Replied:

Sjoeberg said: " It leaves a completely clean reedplate and also a sterilised suface"

I don't know if I am wrong but I think that ultrasonic machine can't sterilise anything. It only shred trash in our reedplates but we need to use alcohol, Sterisol or Sanimist to sterilise them.

If I'm in wrong way, please tell it to me!

Jun 18, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
Sjoeberg D Replied:

oopps ... I should of course have added more info concerning "sterilized surface". Of course, this is not the case when using purely tap water or battery water. Total sterlilisation in its pathological meaning is only achiveable by using an autoclave process, as they do for example in hospitals. But a nearly "sterilazed surface" can easily be achived in the ultrasonic cleaner by adding a suitable "combined disinfectant and cleanser", suitable for using with an ultrasonic cleaner for example a product named GIGASEPT INSTRU AF. This solvent is added to the water used in the cleaner by an ratio of 3% i think. This disinfectant can be found if you GoogleGIGASEPT INSTRU AF. This is used b dentists, hospital staff and so on for cleaning instruments, drills etc.

Thanks for notice this! Its of course of outmost importance.

Jun 19, 2009 5:15 PM GMT
Jeffery L Replied:

hey ya'll, if you use Jason's method jsut don't use as much pressuer as you would to clean your car wheels. Take it easy, take your time. Use a light touch.

Now for ultrasonics. I am a master jeweler ,not a master musician, neither an instrument builder like Greg. Actually ultrasonic waves are not "sound waves" as I believed for many years. And the machine Greg refers to will give you some good agitation but these cheap things are not ultrasonic,,they just use the word in the sell. And they will work great. Personally I prefer alcohol,,,as a cleaner,,shaken not stirred.

Thanks Jason for starting this board,,Jeffery Lomax Hard Travelin'

Jun 25, 2009 4:05 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

anybody use simple green instead of the purple cleaner? works for me and it is simple and green, also mongoose free

the technical term for removing most bacteria but not sterlizing is sanitizing....

Jun 26, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
Philosofy Replied:

FYI, Simple Green is not environmentally friendly: they've had that name for years, and have some strong solvent in there (can't recall which ones.) There's nothing wrong with the product, but its nust not environmentally friendly or non-toxic.

Mar 25, 2016 5:11 AM GMT
Patrick K Replied:

Question. After ultra sonic cleaning, suggest spray some food-quality sanitizer (used by fast food industry) into the reed plates and mouthpiece and just leave it to dry, will that work well??The next utlra sonic clean should remove the thin layer of sanitizer so it dont build up. Comments please?

After many years of sonic clean, does it affect the wood? anyone?

Mar 28, 2016 7:47 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

I would strongly advise you to NEVER do that with a wood comb at all because the comb will get warped.

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