Clean your melodica or face the consequences!

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  • #7540
    Daren BanarsëDaren Banarsë
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    There’s a recent article here, about a man who died from a lung condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is also known as “bird fancier’s lung”, “farmer’s lung” and even “hot tub lung”.

    It s strongly suspected he contracted it from mould and fungi breading within his bagpipes.

    “[Musicians] need to be aware that there are risks that instruments can become colonised with mould and fungi and this can be related to serious and potentially fatal lung disease,” said Dr Jenny King, first author of the study, of North Manchester general hospital.

    She added that the warm, moist environment of wind instruments is an ideal breeding ground for such organisms. “Wind instrument hygiene is really important in preventing this and [musicians] should be stringent in cleaning their instruments regularly.”

    #7544
    AvatarKevin
    Participant

    Ah Daren I posted a similar thread in general discussion before I saw yours. Please delete it.

    #7545
    AvatarKevin
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    I meant delete my post not yours :-/

    #7548
    AvatarRobert Terry
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    Easy of cleaning should be an important goal of any modern melodica design team.

    Why wood I try a piccolo that has layers of dried crud around the embouchure hole was the question my eyes asked the lazy shopkeeper.

    #7564
    AvatarShannon M
    Participant

    I saw this article and immediately thought about a discussion I had with MM last year concerning buying used instruments that function on inhale as well as exhale (such as a Vibrandoneon). Makes me want to flush all of my older instruments…..

    Shannon

    #7568
    Daren BanarsëDaren Banarsë
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    It seems that many wind players clean their instruments with bicarbonate of soda, also known as baking soda I think?

    Also recommended by Alan Brinton!

    #7582
    AvatarQuetscher
    Participant

    That’s what I always thought, melodica’s a killer! (Remember the Rosetti-Monica-Lorenzo!!!)

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