Raw Brass Trumpets-harmful?

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  1. Joe44

    Joe44 Pianissimo User

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    My brother told me that trumpets without laquer are bad for your lungs or something. Is this true? If so why?
     
  2. Joe44

    Joe44 Pianissimo User

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    Oh yeah, wow, thats embarassing. :oops:
     
  3. Chuck Cox

    Chuck Cox Forte User

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    Just try to keep from licking it all over.
     
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  4. coolerdave

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    I asked the same question awhile back because I was concerned about flipping horns that were raw brass. A few Md's responded ... basically you don't want raw brass on the mouthpiece or if you are allergic to raw brass.
    You could wind up with green hands if your sweat reacts to the horn... I haven't had that happen but I have heard it does.
    I always wax my horns.. I like the teflon car wax and the Meguires spray detailer. It seems to keep the brass off my skin and slows down the tarnishing.
     
  5. harleyt26

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    My mouthpieces that are worn to raw brass tend to have a bad odor. Do raw brass horns have that same odor? I just got a horn that someone had spray painted the casing area gold. I am afraid I may have to remove the laquer with the paint. I don't want that smell on my hands from handling it. Will car wax seal it enough to prevent that smell?
     
  6. coolerdave

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    I wish I could answer that.. I don' have the problem of acidic hands. I would guess if you keep it waxed that would help substantially. That's why I like the teflon based waxes they seem to hang around longer.
    You might consider a valve wrap but it has to be the double one with a liner or else it will actually put more acid onthe valve casing.
    You can buy spot lacquer but it is only temporary and if you ever send your horn out to be cleaned you will tick off the tech because it just falls off.
     
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  7. tobylou8

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    Brass turns my hands green so I wear gloves if I contact raw brass. I don't get sick or anything like that, my hands just turn green and it's hard to get to wash off.
     

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