Tarnish faster??

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  1. jim miller

    jim miller Pianissimo User

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    We have recently moved to the Palm Spring, Ca deseert area. I leave my silver Bach strad on a stand in my practice room. It is still very warm down here--105 deg., so air & fans are mosly on. I notice some tarnish on the finish of the instrument occuring much faster-- we have only been down here 4/5 weeks---could it be temp or air conditioning?? Should a horn always be kept in a case to avoid this situation??? any ideas anyone?? thanks jim
     
  2. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

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    Yes, a horn will tarnish much faster if left out all the time. Putting a cover over it can help if you just want to leave it out. However, I recommend the case.
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Tarnish can come from a variety of places. The quality of the air is one very big factor. Any traces of sulphur will cause very rapid tarnishing. I personally believe that the horn belongs in the case or in your hand making music. Dave Monette told me that once and I can vouch for the truth.

    If the air in your area has contaminants (pollution), the horn will also tarnish in the case. It won't play any differently so I wouldn't worry about it.
     

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