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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000203.txt from 2001/02

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Copper exposed/green hands
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 02:39:54 -0500

At 05:12 PM 2/6/2001 -0600, Kevin Callahan wrote:

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Michael Dean" <>
>To: <>
>Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 5:08 PM
>Subject: [kl] Copper exposed/green hands
> > Hi. My best student showed me something weird today: her 2 year old
> > R-13 Bb clarinet has some of the silver rubbed off in a couple places on
> > keywork with a copper color metal showing thru. And, its making part of
> > hand green when she plays for an extended time. Is there a danger here? If
> > you have any ideas, suggestions, etc. let me know. Thanks, Mike
>It's annoying, but luckily, it's not poisionous. I suggest she wash her
>hands as much as possible. Cheap rings will do the same thing.

Don't be so hasty. Many people wear copper bracelets for the purpose of
absorbing copper for its (asserted) health benefits. The copper in this
case is an underplating to help the silver stick to the keys. It is not
unusual at all to see this on a Buffet clarinet.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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