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MK Instrument Care

Some simple procedures help keep mk whistles playing well.

// General

Extremes of temperature should be avoided.   We’d also suggest not taking them on planes (particularly cheap airlines), but then you can’t have everything.

// Tuning Slide

The instruments should be kept in one piece as much as possible – this prevents the brass tuning slide from distorting if one piece is dropped.  You could also not drop it (maybe you will be able tell how realistic this is).

Because we make them from a sensible material, we don’t hear of many seized tuning slides (we have had only one instrument back with this problem since we started ten years ago, and it took five minutes to fix and return).  We leave the tuning slides free from any lubrication, but you can apply some cork grease if you feel like it.  In the unlikely event that the parts seize, try twisting backwards and forwards while at the same time as pulling/pushing them together/apart.  Try to apply as little force as possible, and find the direction that makes them slacken easily.   It also possible to heat and or tap the parts while applying a little force, but if you get to this point then we recommend you get in touch.

// Cleaning

It is amazingly easy not to clean a whistle and then wonder why it’s not sounding quite right.

After playing there is always condensed moisture in the bore and airway of the whistle. If left this inevitably leaves a residue which affects the playing qualities of the instrument. In wooden instruments a small amount of moisture helps keep the wood from drying out but with aluminium, despite the bore being hardened by anodising, corrosion (oxidation) can occur. This inevitably reduces the life span and playing qualities of the whistle. By far the best way to clean the bore is with a specialist cleaning mop as made for a range of woodwind instruments.  Please get in touch with us if you’d like one of these.

The airway should also be cleaned periodically (dependant on how often you play it) by pushing  folded newspaper through it after having played it for a spell.  This can give the instrument a new lease of life.  Be careful not to use anything more abrasive as it can remove material, and therefore affect the playing of the instrument.

The outside of the instrument can be cleaned with a cloth or tissue and some meths or alcohol based cleaner.  We’d keep household chemical cleaners well away from your musical instrument (and to be honest it’s questionable whether you should use them on your kitchen too).

MK Instrument Care

Some simple procedures help keep mk whistles playing well.

// General

Extremes of temperature should be avoided.   We’d also suggest not taking them on planes (particularly cheap airlines), but then you can’t have everything.

// Tuning Slide

The instruments should be kept in one piece as much as possible – this prevents the brass tuning slide from distorting if one piece is dropped.  You could also not drop it (maybe you will be able tell how realistic this is).

Because we make them from a sensible material, we don’t hear of many seized tuning slides (we have had only one instrument back with this problem since we started ten years ago, and it took five minutes to fix and return).  We leave the tuning slides free from any lubrication, but you can apply some cork grease if you feel like it.  In the unlikely event that the parts seize, try twisting backwards and forwards while at the same time as pulling/pushing them together/apart.  Try to apply as little force as possible, and find the direction that makes them slacken easily.   It also possible to heat and or tap the parts while applying a little force, but if you get to this point then we recommend you get in touch.

// Cleaning

It is amazingly easy not to clean a whistle and then wonder why it’s not sounding quite right.

After playing there is always condensed moisture in the bore and airway of the whistle. If left this inevitably leaves a residue which affects the playing qualities of the instrument. In wooden instruments a small amount of moisture helps keep the wood from drying out but with aluminium, despite the bore being hardened by anodising, corrosion (oxidation) can occur. This inevitably reduces the life span and playing qualities of the whistle. By far the best way to clean the bore is with a specialist cleaning mop as made for a range of woodwind instruments.  Please get in touch with us if you’d like one of these.

The airway should also be cleaned periodically (dependant on how often you play it) by pushing  folded newspaper through it after having played it for a spell.  This can give the instrument a new lease of life.  Be careful not to use anything more abrasive as it can remove material, and therefore affect the playing of the instrument.

The outside of the instrument can be cleaned with a cloth or tissue and some meths or alcohol based cleaner.  We’d keep household chemical cleaners well away from your musical instrument (and to be honest it’s questionable whether you should use them on your kitchen too).

MK Instrument Care

Some simple procedures help keep mk whistles playing well.

// General

Extremes of temperature should be avoided.   We’d also suggest not taking them on planes (particularly cheap airlines), but then you can’t have everything.

// Tuning Slide

The instruments should be kept in one piece as much as possible – this prevents the brass tuning slide from distorting if one piece is dropped.  You could also not drop it (maybe you will be able tell how realistic this is).

Because we make them from a sensible material, we don’t hear of many seized tuning slides (we have had only one instrument back with this problem since we started ten years ago, and it took five minutes to fix and return).  We leave the tuning slides free from any lubrication, but you can apply some cork grease if you feel like it.  In the unlikely event that the parts seize, try twisting backwards and forwards while at the same time as pulling/pushing them together/apart.  Try to apply as little force as possible, and find the direction that makes them slacken easily.   It also possible to heat and or tap the parts while applying a little force, but if you get to this point then we recommend you get in touch.

// Cleaning

It is amazingly easy not to clean a whistle and then wonder why it’s not sounding quite right.

After playing there is always condensed moisture in the bore and airway of the whistle. If left this inevitably leaves a residue which affects the playing qualities of the instrument. In wooden instruments a small amount of moisture helps keep the wood from drying out but with aluminium, despite the bore being hardened by anodising, corrosion (oxidation) can occur. This inevitably reduces the life span and playing qualities of the whistle. By far the best way to clean the bore is with a specialist cleaning mop as made for a range of woodwind instruments.  Please get in touch with us if you’d like one of these.

The airway should also be cleaned periodically (dependant on how often you play it) by pushing  folded newspaper through it after having played it for a spell.  This can give the instrument a new lease of life.  Be careful not to use anything more abrasive as it can remove material, and therefore affect the playing of the instrument.

The outside of the instrument can be cleaned with a cloth or tissue and some meths or alcohol based cleaner.  We’d keep household chemical cleaners well away from your musical instrument (and to be honest it’s questionable whether you should use them on your kitchen too).


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