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Old 04-18-2003, 12:04 PM   #1
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Default Correct oil for pipes

I have read that it is adviseable to oil a set of older pipes that has not been played in long time prior to beginning to play them again. I have such a set and wonder about the correct oil to use. Some say almond oil, others, mineral oil or bore oil. At home we have walnut oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, canola oil, mineral oil but no almond oil. What do you think?

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Old 04-18-2003, 12:32 PM   #2
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I have been using almond oil for many years. I changed to "Bore Oil" because almond oil seemed to die and become smelly even if kept in the fridge. Some friends in the Royal Danish Orchestra´s woodwind section recommended "Bore Oil" and I have stayed with that since then.


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Old 04-18-2003, 05:05 PM   #3
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Here's what Ringo has to say on his page, which is packed with good information IMO.


I can't wait until I have a set of pipes to oil.
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Old 04-19-2003, 05:14 AM   #4
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What ever oil you decide to use MAKE sure it is a all natural oil, some of the different kinds have synthetic additives that can actually be harmful to some woods ,I prefer lemon oil
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Old 04-19-2003, 06:06 AM   #5
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Default Re: Correct oil for pipes

Originally posted by Wyatt:
...What do you think?
I think that the search feature is a really good tool. You can use it to find the many discussions on this subject. This link will get you started:

Click Here

You can also do a search on Google Groups to occupy many more hours.

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Old 06-02-2003, 02:28 PM   #6
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Hello, looked into this a little, add one vitamin E capsule to a pint of almond oil.
This stops it oxidising (smelling) and is enough to oil instruments for the next 20 years
(Also keep it in a BROWN GLASS bottle)
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