palladium finish

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by The Dutch Guy, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. The Dutch Guy

    The Dutch Guy Piano User

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    I just saw a Van Laar Oiram trumpet, and according to the owner, it had a palladium finish. it looked like a darker version of silver.
    Can anyone comment on what it is and how it plays?
     
  2. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Finish doesn't affect the sound of an instrument unless you have really thick lacquer (and even so not that much,) or some sort of coating like paint, so I will go ahead and say that the horn plays the same as it would in gold or silver.
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is the poop on palladium:
    Palladium

    It can be beaten leaf thin (making it great for lead trumpet mouthpieces ;-) ).
    I would be concerned that it is attacked by nitric and sulfuric acid. Considering the food I get sometimes on tour, the horn could look like trash pretty quickly..................

    The Oiram (Mario backwards) is van Laars statement about how heavier trumpets should sound and play. Erik Veldkamp goes into pretty good detail here: My Instruments
     

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