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I've had an allergic reaction to the nickel head joint on my flute (the silver plate's worn off the lip touch piece). A layer of vaseline on myl ip is good for a quick fix but the best solution I've found is to paint the contact point with clear nail varnish (I suppsoe you could make your vandorens into 'custom vandoren plasticovers' using tihs technique, assumnig nail varnish has a bit of flexibility when dried)
 

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True. I guess the nail polish will reduce the cane's capacity for absorbing moisture. We'll see.
Could just put a single band of polish across the contact point of the reed and you lip. I think the main question here is will dry nail varnish prove flexible enough to not break up when the reed is in use... which would rather spoil the point of the operation
 
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