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 Post subject: How to clean tenons
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:26 am 
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Hi everybody,

I'm in trouble because the tenons of the middle section of my flute collects dirt when it's in its case. The tenons between the second part of the body and the foot does is not so dirty because in the much it's not exposed, but it remains mounted.

How can I clean it? I've tried with a guitar pick, but with "mmmmh..." results.

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2. Clean tenon
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Thanks in advance for your help!


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 Post subject: Re: How to clean tenons
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:15 pm 
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I use a matchstick that I sharpen to a small "chisel" shape which just fits into the space between the cork (in my case) and the shoulder of the tenon and carefully ease out the old grease and muck. I wouldn't use any cleaning fluid on it.


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 Post subject: Re: How to clean tenons
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:48 pm 
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I use a q-tip. What ever dirt is in there comes off with the extra grease that is removed.


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 Post subject: Re: How to clean tenons
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:53 am 
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I usually use a fingernail, with or without cloth over it. If you want to get right into the corner of the tenon rebate from the body outside diameter, something pointy is needed. Even a knife point won't do any harm unless you are far too unnecessarily harsh with your actions!

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 Post subject: Re: How to clean tenons
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:58 pm 
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I use a fingernail, a q-tip, and a folded bit of paper towel or tissue; whatever is handy or whichever I think of. They all work well.


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