Care and maintenance

 

Impacts

Although it sounds obvious, we have to stress that scratches and bumps should be avoided since specific parts could crack , split or, even, loose its sound qualities.

Humidity and temperature.

Try not to expose your gaita to the rays of the sun for long time periods. Try to avoid, to the extent possible, sudden changes in temperature and humidity. Under no circumstances leave your gaita in the boot car when this is parked in direct sunlight. In any way we could asses that “we have to care our instrument as if it were our pet”.

If you have played your gaita for a long period, you would rather not keep it in its case, particularly if this is fully closed. The use of the case is aimed mainly at the transport of our gaita. We must therefore keep our gaita in a ventilated place. It is advisable, for this purpose, to dismantle, those pieces most likely to be moistened such as the blow-pipe.

Cleaning.

You should never dip your gaita in any kind of liquid, neither use abrasive products.

We have to use the best products used in furniture cleaning. It is also advisable the use of sweet almond oil. The metal parts (in the case your gaita has metallic rings) can be cleaned using any kind of product for the silver cleaning.

As far as the synthetic fabric is concerned, no maintenance is needed.

Traditionally, pork grease was used in order to grease cork or rubber joints however Vaseline seems to be more effective. If this product is not available the use of body moisturizer can also be advisable.


Manipulation.

Pay special attention when removing the chanter from the rest of the gaita, since a wrong manipulation would make the chanter break easily.

You should grab the stock of the chanter with your left hand and the bridge of the chanter with the left one. You must never try to remove or turn the chanter by grabbing it by its body neither by its bell.

In this operation you should also take special care in order to avoid grazing the reed chanter against the chanter stock. In this way it is essential that the chanter comes out straight. Any graze in the chanter reed can spoil it completely.