Submerge harmonica in fluids?

Just a question:

Why Neil Young (i don’t know if others do as well) submerge his harmonic in liquid (don’t know what kind of)?

I’ve seen it in his MTV unplugged.

[quote=“Pol, post:1, topic:3457”]
Just a question:

Why Neil Young (i don’t know if others do as well) submerge his harmonic in liquid (don’t know what kind of)?

I’ve seen it in his MTV unplugged.
[/quote]I’ve always found harps much easier to play if I soaked them briefly in water… a topic I brought up in another thread…

The old time blues men “baptised” their harps with a dip in their favorite liquor.
This does swell the wood and make it more air tight. Why not modify the harp
so the wood comb not only fits properly to the reed plates but also becomes
water resistant? This is a much better remedy. Sure Young and many more do it.
They can afford to throw away useless harmonicas. If I find an instrument that
works well for me, I am not going to abuse it.
Dunk if you like. It’s your harp. It’s your thing. You can do what you want to do.
I can’t tell you who to sock it to.
Wait a minute. I think I’ve heard that before.
Just take note that this can cause serious problems.
On the other hand, dipping can make a cracked comb come to life for a bit.
Of course the cracks probably came from dipping.
It’s just a bad practice.

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Dunk if you like. It’s your harp. It’s your thing. You can do what you want to do.
[/quote] Never had those problems, but it hopefully will all academic since I’ll be looking for some new harps soon… and hopefully they’ll be more airtight and easier to play.