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MK Low Whistle Instrument Care
Some simple procedures help keep MK whistles playing well:
// General Whistle care
Extremes of temperature should be avoided.
// 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 to tell how realistic this is).
Our tuning slides on bass C, Low D, Eb, E, F, F# and G are made of brass. It's a very good idea to apply some cork grease every so oftento the slide to keep it sliding smoothly (check online or at your local band instrument supplies shop for cork grease). Please check the blog for info relating to unsticking a seized tuning slide or feel free to get in touch.
Our tuning slides on A and above use hemp. The hemp can be rewound or replaced to adjust the tension of the slide.
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).