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slightly when the instrument is not in use. Its care is the
same as that prescribed for the guitar and mandolin.
(a) The harmonica is of American make, 10 holes, 20
reeds, and is played in the key of C. The reeds may be replaced,
but care should be exercised in removing the reed
section as the tone chambers are made of plastic material.
(b) Since the harmonica comes in contact with the mouth,
particular care should be exercised in keeping the instrument
clean. If reissued, it may be sterilized by wiping holes with
a cloth dampened with a mild antiseptic. Alcohol should
not be used as it may dissolve the plastic material.
(7) Ocarina. Care should be exercised to make certain
the instrument is sterilized if it is reissued. The ocarina is
made of plastic material and an antiseptic solution other
than alcohol should be used.
(8) Tonette. The tonette and song flute are both similar
to the ocarina in playing characteristics and the care is the
same as for that instrument.
(9) Accessories and Spare Parts. Accessories and spare
parts should be used sparingly and kept in good condition.
It is probable that replacements of instruments and parts
may be difficult to procure, particularly for units serving
outside the continental limits of the United States.
(10) Repairs and adjustments. An important function
of the music technicians is that of making minor repairs and
adjustments of the musical instruments of swing bands and
in some instances the authorized regimental bands in the field.
The musical kit includes spare parts and repair equipment
with which slightly damaged brass and wood wind instruments
may be placed in good playing condition. The music
technician should learn the nomenclature of the instruments
of the band and follow the instructions for maintenance and
repair which are given in FM 28-5 and TM 20-250.
(11) Song Books and Music. Care should be exercised in
handling the books which are paper bound. In moist, humid
climates, frequent inspections should be made in order to re20
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