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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:24 am 
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Hi, I have a brass Burke Narrow Bore D and I have decided to grease the O rings.

Do I need to disconnect the fingering tube/bore from the tuning joint when I do this or just disconnect the mouthpiece/tuning slide portion from the tuning joint?

If you do have to disconnect the fingering tube/ bore, how should I do that?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:01 am 
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I provided the link to the care instructions in your previous Burke topic. Shows where it separates & what grease to use.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:06 am 
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Thank you.

Is there an O Ring that needs to be greased on the other side of the tuning slide joint? The side connected to the fingering bore/tube?


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Matthewlawson3 wrote:
Thank you.

Is there an O Ring that needs to be greased on the other side of the tuning slide joint? The side connected to the fingering bore/tube?

Just the one inside the slide housing. Don't try to disassemble anything on the body side. The instructions also tell you how to clean the windway with the soap solution to clean & help prevent clogging. Note that you blow through the excess and don't actually rinse off with water.

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My notes I got with my Burke I believe show that you drip the solution into the window and let it drip out the mouthpiece opening. I guess you would call that the windway? Where you blow through?

The directions you linked to look like you drip it into the mouthpiece and out the window.

Does it matter which way it is done? Is there a better way? What is the windway and window?


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Got the Burke PDF file.. thanks!
I have a Burke low D and I guess I should try to keep the O rings in shape, as per the document.
But I have some trouble figuring out what the lubricant really is, i.e. how to get hold of the magic stuff. The doc refers to
a) "o'ring lubricant" - where to get that? Online somewhere?
b) "synthetic grease". No idea what that is - or in what kind of shop I should start looking.
c) "Petroleum jelly" - is that something that is well known in English-speaking countries? Unfortunately I have no idea what it is or where to get it. Are there any alternative names around for this?

Thanks in advance for any clarifications!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:15 pm 
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I cleaned my Burke for the first time today.

I first disconnected the upper bore and lower bore from the tuning joint/slide.

I put light amounts of Vaseline on the O rings on both sides of the tuning joint and inside on the surface of the tuning joint.

I then took a silk microfiber cloth strip and tied it to some paracord and pulled it through the lower bore with 91% isopropyl alcohol on the strip.

I then put the whistle back together and dripped drops of water and Palmolive dish liquid mixed together in a bottle in the opening on the top of the mouthpiece. The drops dripped out of the mouthpiece as I held the whistle upside down.

I then covered the opening on the top of the mouthpiece and blew through the mouthpiece as if I was playing a few times.

It is now sitting up vertically and drying.

Did I clean the whistle right?


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c) "Petroleum jelly" - Unfortunately I have no idea what it is or where to get it. Are there any alternative names around for this?

You can buy a small jar of "ha ku sho ku wa se ri nn" at any drug store in Japan.


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Ok Vaseline is familiar.. it never said 'petroleum jelly' on any of those I knew, but if that what it's made of then I'm okay! Thanks!


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