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Old 01-13-2018, 03:13 PM   #1
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Default Oiling

Pardon this post if it's been covered previously. Is there a general consensus on using almond oil in the bores of blackwood or other woods? Thanks.
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:23 PM   #2
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Ah, MarcusA,

Well... here we go... again... Six pipers... will get you
twelve... opinions !! :) (And all written... in stone !! :)

The only bore oil that I use is... The Doctor's Bore Oil.

The only bore oil that I recommend is... The Doctor's Bore Oil.

And yes... a bit more funds... but surety of protection... is more
than worth... every bleedin' tuppence...

I have some old pipes... and ranging from 1916 through the mid-
to late 1930s and early 40s... some ABW... some Cocus...and I
wouldn't let any other "bore product"... anywhere... near them!!
... Not ever... ever!!

Matter-of-fact... I had a lovely set of early 50s G&Cs... and that I
had gotten from an old and retiring piper... many years ago... and
that I played for many years... and The Doctor's Bore Oil... was the
only thing... that ever got... anywhere near them!! (They are now off
with another piper... and doing quite well... thank you very much... :)

Please do look it up... do your own research... but you'll not go
wrong with it... and to my mind... it shall help to insure... that your
lovely old G&Cs... can be passed down through your family... and
as far as you... and they... may wish... :)

All the Best!!

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Old 01-14-2018, 07:52 AM   #3
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I use the same oil as Pip. A bottle has lasted me for years, so although it costs a little more, a small amount goes a long way.

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Old 01-14-2018, 08:05 AM   #4
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Default Re: Oiling, consider the question of how often as well.

And what degree of frequency do you oil your pipes based upon the variables of usage and level of humidity?

As for a proper lubricant and preservative of the piper, I will suggest a fine single malt whiskey (a-hem, reed oil) of about 12 to 18 years of age.
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:17 AM   #5
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Default Re: Oiling

I oil mine 3 to 4 times a year. early, mid and late winter, when it's dry, and maybe once in the summer. If you live in a dry climate, perhaps you should do it every 8 to 10 weeks. I swab the insides with a rag in an aluminum rod, obtainable from bagpipe stores, and wipe the outsides with the rag afterwards.

People do think Bore Doctor is tops. I use a similar product from Kinnaird Bagpipes in Saskatoon and find it excellent in all ways.
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Old 01-14-2018, 10:04 AM   #6
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I oil mine 3 to 4 times a year. early, mid and late winter, when it's dry, and maybe once in the summer. If you live in a dry climate, perhaps you should do it every 8 to 10 weeks. I swab the insides with a rag in an aluminum rod, obtainable from bagpipe stores, and wipe the outsides with the rag afterwards.

People do think Bore Doctor is tops. I use a similar product from Kinnaird Bagpipes in Saskatoon and find it excellent in all ways.

I'm with Greenpipe on this one. I have actually had cracks appear on a couple parts on a newer set of pipes -- well-swabbed and dried but never oiled -- that disappeared or almost completely disappeared after oiling while waiting for new parts to arrive. Three years later after a regular oiling regime on three sets of pipes used in various weather conditions I've been crack-free. Oiling works.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:29 AM   #7
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Default Re: Oiling

I asked Martin from the David Naill Co ltd about oiling my new set of DN4A pipes and he said they use Rustin's Danish Oil and that they only ever oil the outside of the drones never the inside. When I started piping I was lucky to have tuition from a grade 1 player he also owns a set of David Naill Pipes he said he has never oiled his pipes from new and he has had the same set for years with no problems .
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Old 01-14-2018, 01:54 PM   #8
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If I lived in the UK I probably wouldn't oil my pipes either as the climate is much more humid than that in most of Canada from October to March.

Highland Park has a super article on oiling on his website: look it up at Bagpipe Ecology
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Old 01-14-2018, 02:57 PM   #9
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I apply oil to the bores a couple of times a year. RH in the Denver area is around 20%.

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Old 01-15-2018, 03:37 PM   #10
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Default Re: Oiling

I own two sets of mid 1960's vintage Robertsons
I have never oiled either.
One set sat, out of the case, in a closet for near
twenty years before I got them.The blowstick stock had a
crack on the inside that has been repaired.
I am ashamed to admit that neither set gets played enough.
I play once or twice a week and rotate the two at about
three month intervals. They both work just fine.
Now, I am afraid to oil them, because "if it ain't broke,
don't fix it!"
Cheers
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