Instrument Maintenance

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  1. kingtrumpet

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    and yet copper and it's alloys (ie. brass, zinc, ) have deleterious effects on bacteria.


    below is one of many fine articles on the antimicrobial efficacy of copper and brass compounds on "Listeria Monocytogenes" -- a food born pathogen, but I thought it just might ellicit a corroborating affirmative from the medical professionals that Brass Doorknobs and BRASS Instruments already have an antimicrobial factor permanently or inherently built in to their design based upon the METAL they were/are made of!!!

    http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-07132005-113114/unrestricted/Abushelaibi_dis.pdf

    ((ps. not arguing that people shouldn't clean their instruments --just saying they should not become HYPER-PARANOID of the DANGERS of playing an instrument in which the bodily fluids eminating from them are being put into the instrument)) ---
     
  2. gmonady

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    Not all bacteria... especially the atypical mycobacteria and fungus that attaches to brass horns (they are atypical for nothin') so the do not obey the rules and forgot to read your attached article.

    So if you're a fungi, you'll ignore the article. [anybody catch the microbio humor (humour) in this line?
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

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    Uhh, was that in reference to the third film in the Star Wards saga: Return of the Fungi?
     
  4. gmonady

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    Not a microbiology major I see. I dated a few microbiology majors as a pre-med student. They had a lot of culture, but then when taking them out to fancy restaurants, they insisted on having their dinners served on petri dishes. I'm sorry, but that gets a little mold after awhile.
     
  5. kingtrumpet

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    ROFL ROFL ROFL --- what was the subject of this thread? ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  6. Vulgano Brother

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    Germs & 'shrooms--what Tone Maggots eat.

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  8. Sharvey

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    What does the 91% isopropyl alcohol do? Is just for sterilising?
     
  9. gmonady

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    It is soluble within cell wall membranes, infusing into the cell causing cell swelling, then allowing water into the cell (which is why some water content is needed along with the alcohol). Eventually the cell bursts and the organism dies.
     
  10. Sharvey

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    What does the alcohol do to the metal in the instrument?
     

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