Re: Old harp needs cleaning

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Posted by Egg on April 17, 2001 at 04:27:12:

In Reply to: Old harp needs cleaning posted by Amy on April 10, 2001 at 18:23:57:

The first thing to check is what type of comb it has (the bit with the holes in it you blow in). You should be able to tell if it is wooden or plastic by looking at it (some harps are metal but not many).

If it is wooden take care to avoid getting it wet and definately don't soak it in the sink. This causes the wood to swell up out of shape.

If it is wooden, clean the comb with a dry toothbrush or slightly damp cloth. Then use diluted isopropyl alcohol (you can get it from the drug store) and water to clean the metal cover plates by dipping a rag in the solution. It helps dissolve any grime built up and doesn't leave a bad or poisonous taste on it if someone wants to play it.

If the comb is plastic or metal then go for your life and dunk the thing in the sink (with some isopropyl alcohol and water) and give it a good scrub with a toothbrush or a cloth. You can also run the hot tap directly into the holes to dissolve any gunk built up in there.

Whatever type it is, it is important you dry it properly to avoid rusting of the cover plates. You can do this by tapping it on a towell on your leg to get all the drops out, or better still sit it in the sun for a while.

Hope this helps

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