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Oiling the bore of an African Blackwood flute
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Author:  jjdura [ Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Oiling the bore of an African Blackwood flute

Mr.Gumby wrote:
Sam Murray recommended linseed oil, a bit to my surprise. But only very occasionally and when it was really needed. Other makers always recommended almond oil to me.

Linseed oil is the oil is the flax plant, the unboiled version is marketed usually as flaxseed oil. Boiled linseed oil is another story because it is generally full of additives to make it quicker drying and as a result unsuitable for flute bores. Flaxseed oil is ok, but a bit thick for my taste.


Author:  Andro [ Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Oiling the bore of an African Blackwood flute

This topic continues to be of great interest. The care sheet from McNeela specifally for the Murray flute advises not to oil the Murray Blackwood flute. But McNeela have a Blackwood flute of their own almost identical and the care instructions in the web page say:

Caring for your McNeela African Blackwood flute

Dry your flute thoroughly after playing to prevent trapped moisture distorting and warping the wood. Always take it apart after playing and when storing, this takes pressure off the tenons. Oil the bore regularly to prevent from drying out but be careful not to over-oil it. Use cork grease on the cork lapping to allow for ease of disassembling. Never pull when disassembling, rather twist each part backwards and forwards and gently coax it off. Try to avoid very dry conditions and do not leave the flute in direct sunlight or near a source of heat. Always warm up before play.

I cannot see that a Murray flute would be any different in this regard. Seems somewhat of a contradiction.

Anyway, I reckon light oiling is beneficial.

Amusingly, it's 100% humidity here today in Melbourne, for our Melbourne Cup Horse Race, which is a grand public holiday.

Author:  JaneJ [ Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:36 am ]
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I'm also interested to hear members' experiences with grapeseed oil. I've just purchased a Mcneela keyless blackwood along with the maintenance kit containing grapeseed oil. I'm glad to hear your flute was delivered safe and sound Andro as I'm also in Melbourne. Can I ask, how long did it take to arrive?

Author:  Steve Bliven [ Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:13 pm ]
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jemtheflute wrote:
A new Sam Murray flute? I was under the impression Sam had stopped making a while ago???

From an email today from McNeela...
"I’d also like to address rumours of Sam Murray’s alleged retirement. I’m happy to tell you that he's not retired and is back making supreme flutes for McNeela Instruments. I’m very lucky to have him! If you’re interested in acquiring a Sam Murray flute just give me a buzz on +353 1 8322432"

Best wishes.


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