How to maintain the Arabic reed Ney and how to protect it perfectly
There are various instruments that become more precious as time passes and one of those instruments is Ney but the proper maintaining and protection is necessary to keep it working properly, it also performs great when it becomes old because its voice becomes clear than before.
Oiling for the maintenance and protection:
The product that is great for the protection of the Ney is oil but it should be kept in mind that the oil that is used for the oiling of Ney must have low acid value and thinness because the oils which are thin are absorbed without any difficulty. A person should also follow the advice about the intervals after which oiling of Ney should be done because it plays vital role in its maintenance. When the Ney is newly purchased, there is a requirement of oiling it every week in the first 3 months and then the oiling of Ney should be done two times in a month, after one year of Ney purchase the oiling should be done only one time in a month that protects it.
Types of oils for oiling:
The oils that can be used for the oiling of Ney include:
* Sesame oil
* Almond oil
* Corn oil
* Rose oil can also be used because of its great smell but a person should not forget that the ratio of the essence oil must be low and a small quantity of it should be used otherwise it can affect the performance of the Ney negatively.
Avoid bending the Ney:
Bending of the Ney should be avoided because it can completely destroys the look of the Ney and also its performance, the most important thing which should be taken care of is to never place the Ney on any area that is not smooth and there is also a need to keeping it away from the hot things such as heater.
* A person should avoid using any other thin object for oiling the Ney because it can damage the reed and can make the performance worse.
* Avoid putting the Ney in an airtight box and placing it in a closed box is also included in the ways to protect it from damage.
The Ney should be placed in the box after it gets fully dry and mould can be removed by just washing the Ney, drying it and then oiling it.