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(g) The strings of the piano, being metal, may rust.
Black lead or chalk placed on a soft rag and lightly rubbed
over the strings should remove rust and corrosion.
(h) The outside of the case should be wiped clean with
a soft damp cloth. A polish is not essential, although a good
grade of water wax rubbed over the instrument will tend to
preserve the finish.
(i) The damper lock should always be placed in position
when the piano is being moved. This protects the action
from road shocks.
(j) Music technicians should tune the piano only when
absolutely necessary, maintaining the pitch at 440 vibrations,
which is the pitch of band and orchestra instruments manufactured
in the United States. (See "Piano Tuning and
Allied Arts," W. B. White.)
(k) While the equipment furnished will not permit extensive
repairs to the piano, constant care and the adjustment
of minor defects will usually prevent serious trouble.
(I) In moving the piano from place to place and when
loading and unloading from trucks, there should be a sufficient
number of helpers to insure carrying without strain or
danger of dropping the instrument. Keep the piano as level
as possible at all times.
(3) Guitar. The Spanish model guitar included in the
musical kit will serve satisfactorily with reasonable care
which should include keeping the instrument clean and dry,
and maintaining the mechanism by frequently cleaning and
oiling lightly the patent head. The metal strings should be
treated lightly with a very thin oil. Spare parts include
bridge and patent head, which constitute a complete unit,
and an extra finger board.
(4) Mandolin. The care of the mandolin is the same as
that necessary for the maintenance of the guitar. The necessary
parts with which to make repairs are included in the
(5) Ukulele. The ukulele has flesh strings which are susceptible
to heat and moisture. They should be loosened
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