I posted an experiment in the Wrong FORUM ARRRRRGG!!! Accidentally it ended up in BG Forum. Arent we newbies a pain? Here was the experiment; ---------------------START------------------------- My Luthier friend rebuilds antique Orchestrians, player pianos, violins and does allot of the Dollywood antique instruments too, He showed me a trick on making any peace of wood "self lubricating" without the mess of graphite dust flying around, not that we deal with that here, we are only using a tidbit of the stuff. But Thats the problem, it's a tidbit. So I am taking the obnoxious chance on the integrity of my gut strings here and making my bridge and nut "Self Lubricating" stay posted for the Tears or CHEERS in a few weeks. Well the process is quite simple and for steel strings there is no risk, but gut string holders HOLD ON wait for my demise before you get yours. He simply mixes ammonia and graphite together making it a thick pasty slurries, then applies it to the wood that he wants to be permanently self lubricating, The ammonia draws the graphite deep into the wood over an eighth of an inch in some cases, now as the wood gets worn off a tidbit from tuning and detuning the wood of the bridge and nut has plenty of reservoir of graphite to stay slick, now I will take my mind off it till the bridge and nut get worn out. 2 Questions we will all ask here. Does the ammonia soften the wood of the bridge? Does the ammonia vapors get into the gut strings rendering them "Sheep Jerky" for my pet Rover? WE SHALL SEE. I like Pilgrimage and this will be a first for my upright bass. Warning if your nuts about appearance you may not like the color change of the parts you lube, it's sort of like working with INK!! :-( But I take performance and longevity of strings and body parts over appearance any day, Last but not least TONE is number one. Later Guys stay tuned, we shall see what happens. If this guy trusts 500 grand worth of Orchestrian to this method I should not sweat my used all wood bass. Scott ------------------------------ENDof old post---------------------- For What it is worth Guys, its working out so far, I planned on a Luthier setup and Sound post adjustment in May so I had nothing to lose accept an expensive set of gut strings !! Witch by the way have not shown any ailments at all from the Lubricant. I detune my Bass after every use to cut down on the chances of the Silver windings on the Gut strings becoming loose due to the Gut Stretching, So far so good . The bridge doesnt Walk Away from the proper position and I hear none of that Shreeky Scratchy CRUNCH from the strings rubbing across the bridge during tuning, its only been a few weeks , lets see how the next month goes. Scott Sorry for the fowl up in BG. There was WAY too much Blood running through my Caffeine streem when I posted that.