Smell of brass

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  1. alant

    alant Pianissimo User

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    If you strip a trumpet is there anything you can apply to stop your hands smelling of brass (not lacquer or gloves)
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

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    Washing hands with soap and water usually works.
     
  3. alant

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    cheeky
     
  4. Vulgano Brother

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    Yup. Some people use carnauba wax on raw brass to help slow the patina, but I don't know how long it would last on the valve casings or what kind of smell it would put on your hands. I just consider my green, smelly hands a badge of honor, and it is a fun way to gross violists out.
     
  5. Bochawa!!!

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    Maybe. Maybe not. Hot water and soap does work wonders. As hot as you can stand it!
     
  6. gzent

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    I tried several things. The best so far is Skin-So-Soft from Avon. It's basically a scented mineral oil.
    It really slows down and evens out the tarnishing.
     
  7. wfrayer46

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    Now, that's funny! Violists beware!
     
  8. SteveRicks

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    Be careful. Exposure to brass causes the dreaded N+1 disease for which there is no apparent cure. Often results in periods of isolation from ones wife and kids, and drains the wallet.

    I had beautiful Olds Super which played fine but was in raw brass (the one in my avatar)- finally sold it. Could look at it wrong and it would start tarnishing. Used several car waxes (the polymer stuff like Nu Finish) and it helped somewhat. I'd try several coats. Sure wish there was a way to spray some type of clear sealer on it. Music store lacquering was more than I wanted to put into it.

    Other than lacquering, I don't think there is any method that really works extremely well.
     
  9. TrumpetMD

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    Steve must be right!

    I had Kanstul re-lacquer my raw brass horns last year. I haven't purchased a new horn since. Maybe I'm cured? :-)

    Mike
     
  10. gmonady

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    You are referring to putting this directly on the horn, not the hands, right?
     

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