Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Matthew, Aug 23, 2016.
Interesting article today:
'Bagpipe lung' warning for wind musicians - BBC News
Cleanliness is, as always, next to Godliness! ;-)
I tend to clean out trombones regularly with a brass saver type pull through, somehow an internally clean instrument seems to be better to play. It's not so easy to totally internally clean the bigger valved instruments but I guess that cleaning/brushing from the mouthpiece receiver to and around the valves helps, and I used to put tepid water in the bell of valved instruments and swill it through the instrument (rotate the instrument, bell to base, until water comes out of the mouthpiece receiver) to pull out 'muck'.
As for build up of germs there is a school of thought that says that bugs die on brass surfaces (for an example see: Fit brass fixtures to cut superbugs, say scientists )
Indeed. Bagpipes are quite different due to the bag, especially if it is a natural bag. Also, some of the air comes back into your lungs when you are blowing up the bag initially. Not sure I have ever come across a brass player with any diseases like this.
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I have always cleaned the leadpipe, and or slide every week....all you need is the flexi brush and warm water!
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