New Chineese horn finish

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Blind Bruce, May 9, 2009.

  1. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

    Oct 19, 2008
    Flinders Vic Australia
    To address Bruce's question the easiest way to test for lacquer is to use a continuity meter or multimeter, just touch the probes lightly at two places anywhere on the horn, lacquer is an insulator, silver a conductor.

    Years ago I had a Chinese horn that was lacquered over a very thin silver plate, it did not tarnish.

    Regards. Stuart
  2. lmf

    lmf Forte User

    May 16, 2007
    Indiana USA
    How much lead is encapsulated in the finish of Chinese musical instruments?
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    none - regardless if it is silver or laquer. They are soldered together - like any other instrument, are made of brass and nickel - like any other instrument and need to be scrubbed clean even if new - like any other instrument.

    The only issue about cheap horns regardless where they come from is how they are put together. TLC is only found in the business world when you pay for it!

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