Instrument lacquer protection

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by hicks, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. hicks

    hicks Member

    Does anyone know where I can get hold of leather covers to fit around the parts of a trombone in contact with the player (to protect the lacquer finish). Not sure what you call them, but I saw a player with one on the slide brace. My web searches haven't turned up anything so far.

    Thanks.
     
  2. AlanGiff

    AlanGiff New Member

    Try http://www.hickeys.com/cgi/display.cgi?cart_id=&page=tnguard.htm in the US.

    http://www.hickeys.com/cgi/display.cgi?cart_id=&page=leather.htm will tell you which ones you will need for your 'bone
     
  3. BrianT

    BrianT Member

    A leather cover won't protect the lacquer unless you frequently remove it and clean off all the grot that's accumulated underneath. The leather also acts like a sponge and soaks up the sweat and grease from your hands, which then stays in contact with the lacquer 24/7. Unless you clean underneath regularly (and probably replace the cover regularly too) you'll leave a environment perfect for verdigris and corrosion to build up, and the lacquer will end up being damaged anyway. I play without a leather valve cover now, which helps me ensure everything is clean before I close the case up when I've finished playing.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2008
  4. hicks

    hicks Member

    That makes sense. I had some doubts about the effectiveness of the cover, and whether you still get lacquer wear anyway.
    I am very good about cleaning the slide after every playing session, but still notice some slight abrasion on the upper slide (where the left hand grips it).
     

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