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Ichthus
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« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2009, 09:30:35 pm »

I fill my cheeks with water and blow it through! I use a whittled down toothpick if there is food or something else in the mouthpiece or when the hole start looking a little dust(lotsa sand in my home state SC!). The postcard thing works a lot better for the mouthpiece though ;P


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« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2009, 11:45:01 pm »

It was the warmstone I was speaking of when I said I wash mine 2 or 3 times a week.  I hardly ever play the poly.  And I clear the windway with a piece of folded paper, too.

As a sax player, I'm well aware how quickly a layer of schmutz can accumulate on the mouthpiece.  On the sax it doesn't affect the sound much, if at all, but the windway of an ocarina--especially a MO--is built to tolerances of thousandths of an inch.  So it makes sense to keep it clear, and it's very simple to do.  Sometimes I don't use soapy water; I just rinse it out.  I think we sometimes tend to underestimate how carefully engineered the MO is.  It looks like this little whistle, after all.  But the more I play it, the more the I appreciate how painstakingly designed it is.  The windway, or flue, is a critical component, and even a small amount of dust or debris can affect the sound.  This is true of any ocarina, but it's a strength of the MO that it can be so readily and thoroughly cleaned.

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« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2009, 07:47:40 am »

Ubizmo / Ubi-wan,

Do you normally polish the windway on your warmstone and then wash in soapy water or the reverse?

I am assuming that dish soap like Dawn does the trick.

I have not had the heart to wash my warmstone yet but I did the polys that other night. Once washed and spun dry on their neck cord I left them on their sides to dry until morning. It worked great.

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« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2009, 11:27:26 am »

I usually wash first, then polish. I don't always do both. Dawn is fine. I sometimes use Windex, then rinse. It leaves the warmstone feeling very polished. Remember this material is used for making kitchen counter tops. What might you use to clean them? I probably clean mine more than I have to, but then I probably get it dirtier than most, too. It's always knocking about with me, on the neck strap, in a pocket, on the car set (often knocked to the floor), and so on. It has been in the water of the Atlantic Ocean with me, rained on countless times, fallen from a step ladder, and dropped in beach sand. So I'm in the habit of cleaning it often. Pockets are probably the worst, since lint easily gets in the windway.

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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2009, 12:44:27 pm »

Ubizmo / Ubi-wan,

I keep mine with me most of ther time as well. I will give the warmstone a wash soon.I am still perfecting the paper size for polishing but I am getting better. Luckily I am getting better at playing as well. Not too many songs memorized but I can read music and even if I have to read the song it is fine with me.

Have a good Sunday,

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