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Bansuri Maintenance is very important to keep this beautiful and delicate instrument in top condition. Proper maintenance is necessary for both beginners and experienced players to ensure the longevity and sound quality of their bansuri.
In this article, we will provide you with seven easy to follow tips on bansuri maintenance.
Reading this article in just 5-7 minutes, you will learn everything on how to take care your bamboo fltue.
1 : Avoid physical damage due to mishandling
One of the most common ways bansuris get damaged is through mishandling. Dropping, hitting, or knocking the bansuri against hard surfaces can cause cracks or breaks in the bamboo, affecting its sound quality.
To avoind bansuri from physical damage, it is crucial to handle the delicate instrument with utmost care and avoid any sudden impacts or movements that can cause physical damage.
2: Proper storage in carry cases and Ruby case provided by DPflutes
Proper storage is another essential aspect of bansuri maintenance. Storing the instrument in a hard carry case can protect it from physical damage and unfavorable environmental conditions. The carry case that comes with the bansuri is designed to provide optimal protection and is highly recommended for storage. By storing your bansuri properly, you can help to ensure its longevity and preserve its quality.
DPflutes provides an additional inner case made of velvet called Ruby Case, along with the hard carry case, which can help protect it from dust and moisture.
Additionally, to ensure proper bansuri maintenance, invest in a good-quality third party carrying case to provide additional protection when transporting the bansuri.
3: Avoid exposure/playing in extreme temperature or dry areas
Bamboo, the primary material used to make bansuris, is sensitive to extreme temperatures and dryness. Exposure to high temperatures or dry environments can cause the bamboo to crack or warp, which can affect the sound quality of the bansuri.
Avoiding playing or exposing your bansuri in unfavourable environmental conditions is one of the best ways to ensure bansuri maintenance.
4 : Clean after playing for a long time
Playing bansuri for extended periods can cause moisture to accumulate inside the bansuri, which can affect its sound quality and lead to fungal growth.
As a part of routine bansuri maintenance, it’s recommended to clean the instrument with a dry cloth after playing for an extended period. Gently wiping the inside and outside of the bansuri can remove any accumulated moisture or dust that can cause damage or affect the sound quality.
5 : Keep away from children
Children are naturally curious and may accidentally damage the bansuri while playing with it. Ensure proper bansuri maintenance by keeping them away from reach of children to avoid any accidents or mishandling.
6: Ensure threading is intact
Threading is an essential part of bansuri maintenance as it helps keep the bamboo flute sturdy and can prevent it from cracking. If the threads on your bansuri are loose, it is important to put them back in place to prevent further damage. Make sure to regularly check the threading on your bansuri and replace or repair it if necessary.
Please refer to the following video tutorial on how to properly thread your bansuri flute. This step-by-step guide will help you understand one basis step towards bansuri maintenance that is to put thread on a bamboo flute to ensure that it stays in place and does not become loose over time.
7 : Regular oil treatment for long life
Regularly oiling the bansuri is another important step in routine maintenance that can help preserve its life and sound quality. Oiling helps to maintain the moisture content of the bamboo, preventing it from drying out or cracking.
It is recommended to use sesame oil, olive oil, or mustard oil to oil your bansuri. Apply 3-4 drops of oil on a cotton cloth, wrap it around a stick, and gently rub it inside the bansuri. You can use ear buds to oil around the holes of a bansuri.
Make sure there is no dust inside the bansuri before oiling. It is recommended to thoroughly wipe the flute after oiling to prevent oil spilage.
Please refer to the tutorial video below on bansuri maintenance in which we have demonstrated how to properly oil your bamboo flute.
Proper bansuri maintenance is crucial to ensure its longevity and sound quality.
Avoid physical damage, store it in a proper case, avoid extreme temperatures and dryness, clean after playing, keep it away from children, ensure threading is intact, and regularly oil the bansuri.
By following these seven tips , you can keep your bansuri in top condition and enjoy its beautiful sound for years to come.
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How should I take care of my bansuri?
Handle it with care to avoid physical damage, and store it in a protective case when not in use. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures and dry areas, and clean the bansuri after playing to remove moisture that can accumulate inside. Keep the instrument away from children, and check the threading regularly to ensure it is intact. Finally, apply a small amount of oil to the bamboo on a regular basis to prevent it from drying out and cracking, which will help extend the life of the instrument.
Do you have to oil your flute?
Oiling a flute on a regular basis is highly recommended to ensure its longevity and optimal performance. Oiling the inside of the flute and the point around the holes helps to prevent cracks and warping in the bamboo, as well as keeping the instrument in good condition. Moreover, oiling of a bansuri ensures its logivity.
Which oil can be used in bansuri maintenance?
To maintain a bansuri flute, it’s recommended to regularly apply mustard oil to the inside of the instrument and around the holes using either a swabbing device or ear buds dipped in oil. This helps prevent drying out and cracking of the bamboo, which can adversely affect the sound quality. A homemade swabbing device can be used to reach the interior of the bansuri. It’s important to apply the oil in moderation to avoid excess buildup. By following these steps, bansuri players can keep their instrument in optimal condition for longer.
How often should you oil your flute?
To ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your flute, it is recommended to oil it regularly. The frequency of oiling will depend on several factors, such as how often the flute is played and the environmental conditions it is exposed to. As a general guideline, it is advisable to oil your flute at least once a month. However, if you play your flute more frequently or it is exposed to extreme temperatures or dry conditions, it may require more frequent oiling. Use a suitable oil, such as mustard oil, and apply it to the inside of the flute and the point just below the blow-hole.
How do you clean fungus from bansuri?
To effectively clean fungus that may accumulate inside a bansuri flute, a small piece of oil damp cotton cloth can be used to wipe the inside of the instrument. Earbuds dipped in oil can also be used to clean hard-to-reach areas around the holes.
Avoid using water for cleaning the bansuri as it can cause dampness and promote the growth of more fungus.