May I just add that you also avoid strong detergent, a samll amount of mild washing up liquid is ok. Having said that, many orchestral trumpet players buy brand new instruments, and immediately strip the laquer to improve the toneRoger Thorne said:PS: Don't polish it to hard or the Laquer will come off! :lol:
I completely agree. I have had a tube on my Besson Eb bass eaten into so much by hand acids that it has had to have a patch soldered over. A protective coating of lacquer, or silver plate is therefore more than just for appearance.brassneck said:Doesn't lacquering or silverplating brass serve as a protective coating to prevent wear? Another thing to maybe consider is that the transfer of acids from the hands will attack (oxidise) the instrument and reduce it's life expectancy. Finally, what about the residue left by this oxidation? Can't be too healthy if it is absorbed into our body system (... allergic reactions too?).