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Gnarly
2774 posts
Apr 15, 2020
9:13 AM
Bug Blaster

I just ordered one--looks like it accomodates 16 hole chromatics.
Not guaranteed to kill coronavirus. . .
"Disclaimer:
Because COVID-19 is a novel virus, we can't claim that this product will definitely kill the virus or protect you from it. While the power of UV and ozone has been proven to kill other similar viruses, there isn't enough data yet to confirm its effectiveness on the COVID-19 virus."

But does come with the TurboDog money back guarantee:

"We always have a 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee

If you don't love your new TurboHarp product - return it within 30 days for a refund."

I will report back after mine arrives--under $50 delivered.

I know Jim personally, and he has done some great work for me, but we are not affiliated professionally.

Last Edited by Gnarly on Apr 15, 2020 9:15 AM
Cotton
121 posts
Apr 15, 2020
10:27 AM
Gary, I have and use a Ozone Sanitizer on a regular basis for my harps and small stuff, keys, wallets credit cards, cell phone. Plenty of research on their effectiveness on the net. Mine is a small device that looks like a Ultrasonic cleaner. After use, it leaves a residual smell of Ozone on the item. Researching Ozone, I found out how toxic it is to our lungs, Even in small amounts. Now, I leave my harps out to air for a few days, until the smell is gone, before I play them. I learned a long time ago when I took a pesticide applicator class. "if you smell it, you are absorbing it"
Gnarly
2775 posts
Apr 15, 2020
11:06 AM
Good advice, thanks for sharing.
I have an industrial strength Ozone generator, and don't use it for harps just because it is such an elephant gun.
It's this one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seiLfLhirfo
jbone
3191 posts
Apr 15, 2020
11:20 AM
Maybe related, I worked in the HVAC business for years and the big thing over the past 10 years was installing a UV lamp in the duct system to kill bugs. I have no data to back it up but the blurb on the packaging of these lamps says they kill bugs, whether it's just bacteria or includes viruses or not I don't know. Been out of that business for over 3 years now but there must be something to it.
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Cotton
122 posts
Apr 15, 2020
1:03 PM
Jbone I believe that UV lights in AC systems work. Have friends that swear by them to keep down mildew in duct systems. I believe there is UV light sanitizing and also UV ozone generating sanitizing. Different things.
The UV is really bad for our skin. The UV ozone is really bad for our lungs.
jbone
3192 posts
Apr 15, 2020
1:46 PM
Well, alcohol is not great either but it's what I'm using. I swore by 91% but recently was apprised that to break down Covid-19 the water content must be higher, so I'm using 70% now, for pretty much everything. Harps, door handles, whatever. Plus old fashioned foamy soap. These two plus peroxide break the protective fat layer on the actual virus and it then disintegrates.

Wow I sound like a scientist!
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HarveyHarp
797 posts
Apr 17, 2020
12:43 PM
I posted the following a couple of weeks ago on this forum. Here is my procedures for cleaning and adjusting a diatonic harmonica:
Here is what I posted on Harp Repair page on Facebook:Well, I am finally caught up. So, lets talk about cleaning harmonicas. When I get a harp in for repair from a customer, I take it apart, remove any obviously bad reeds, and then start the cleaning procedure. I scrub the plates, and cover plates with liquid Bar Keepers friend, with a hard toothbrush, until they look like new, or as close as I can get. Then I wash them with Dishwashing soap, again using a tooth brush. Then using the soap, I wash the comb unless it is made of wood. On the wood combs, I scrape the dried goop from between the teeth with an exacto knife, and then lightly flat sand the comb . If the comb looks dry, I use a combination of Mineral Oil, Carnuba wax, and bees wax to treat the comb. I use a hair dryer to liquify the waxes, brush it on the comb, and then take my hair dryer and apply it to the comb. That will remelt the wax and make sure it soaks in where needed. Then I wipe it off, and check to see if it is flat.

Then I I look at the curvature of each reed and make adjustment to anything that is majorly wrong, like the tip dipping into the slot first. This is not a customization type reedwork, but just maintenance. Then I replace any bad reeds, and hold the harp together and play it and check the tuning, and make any major adjustments. Then I flat sand the draw plate. Then I put the reed plates in an ultrasonic cleaner to get any loose debris removed. Then I reassemble the harp, play it, and make any necessary adjustments. When I am happy with the way it plays, the I put the whole assembled harp into an Ozone Sanitizer. If it is for a customer, I never touch it again. If it is for me, I play it, because I love the fresh taste of Ozone.

I do all of this for customers for $20. I only work on Hohners Diatonics.
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