Tailed colorful silk swab for quick cleaning of an assembled oboe or English horn. Or microfiber, for MORE friction and absorbability when you have time to disassemble.
I’m carrying Hodge silk swabs, designed to pull all the way through an oboe or English horn. They are made from 100% silk and come in a variety of colors. They have long tails for safety – if they get stuck you can just pull them out backward!
I also have thicker, absorbent microfiber swabs which are NOT designed to pull all the way through – but which clean all joints more thoroughly than silk.
I use both, for DURING playing and AFTER playing, respectively.