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Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« on: February 01, 2013, 11:32:25 AM »

I`ve just got an old Hohner Educator-1 Mouthie (the one in the cardboard glasses case with the two bass holes before the 10 normal ones) and would like to clean it out for hygene reasons among others , I`ve not taken the covers off yet but I`m asuming it`ll have the old paper valves if any are left ..

I`d be grateful for Any advice on doing this as I`ve never done it before. thanks
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Re: Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2013, 03:56:45 PM »

I've never dismantled this specific model of harp, so take my advice with caution. If the valves really are paper I guess that you would replace with the plastic valves used on modern chromatics. In more general terms, isopropyl alcohol is good for sterilising.
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Re: Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2013, 05:00:33 PM »

Fantastic thanks - I`ve got Isopropyl , I`ll give it a soak and a scrub ..
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Re: Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013, 06:18:04 PM »

One other point. In cleaning the reed plates be careful not to change the gaps between the free end of the reed and the reed plate (unless of course you want to change the response of the instrument).
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Re: Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 08:22:34 PM »

One other point. In cleaning the reed plates be careful not to change the gaps between the free end of the reed and the reed plate (unless of course you want to change the response of the instrument).
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Yeah, will do  these things have soft brass reeds and not steel like most Melodeons
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Re: Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2013, 01:42:05 PM »

Dettol tastes lovely    :'(
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Re: Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2013, 02:43:29 PM »

Dettol tastes lovely    :'(
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Re: Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2013, 03:19:06 PM »

May use Polish spirit (that`s as in Poland - not Nick`s Boot Polish) at least my playing will sound better afterwards - if only to me  :|glug
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2013, 03:22:26 PM »

May use Polish spirit (that`s as in Poland - not Nick`s Boot Polish) at least my playing will sound better afterwards - if only to me  :|glug

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Re: Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2013, 07:13:43 PM »

After a gallon of that stuff Nick we`d both end up in the Sid , remind me not to bring the Club Morino, may as well wear a concrete overcoat - Pokerworks float  ;D
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Re: Hygene-ifying an old Hohner harp
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2013, 10:42:10 PM »

After a gallon of that stuff Nick we`d both end up in the Sid , remind me not to bring the Club Morino, may as well wear a concrete overcoat - Pokerworks float  ;D

Yep, they sure do. Unless attached to Tubby Reynolds . Another name for the Poker work is a Mae Westmeister. Boom boom .
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