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Lead in Brass?

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Rick W
Sep 14, 2010 6:12 PM GMT

Ive been playing for along time now and was wondering if anybody knows how much lead the harmonica companies put in there brass, when they make reeds and reed plates?Hopefully none.



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Sep 15, 2010 12:37 AM GMT
Kingobad Replied:

I've been trying to ask all of the older harmonica players I know, but they all seemed to have died from lead poisoning. So I guess we'll never know.



Sep 15, 2010 2:47 AM GMT
walterharp Replied:

i don't think anybody has tested it... thte companies certainly would not mention it



Sep 18, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Wow! I never knew that lead might be a concern, but this article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass

appears to corroborate the concern. The hardware stores sell this lead testing kit for paint, I'm tempted to try one on my harmonicas.



Sep 21, 2010 9:43 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

that would be a great idea.. they are kind of expensive online $25 for 8 tests, but is epa certified and can check ceramics, so i assume it can check any surface



Sep 24, 2010 5:12 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Haven't done that testing yet ... but now I'm reminded. We're going on a trip soon, so it may have to wait until we get back.



Oct 28, 2010 8:15 AM GMT
SUKM // R Replied:

As long as your not chewing on your reed plates ,.I think ya have nothing to worry about<.



Oct 28, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
Ron S Replied:

If you are worried, just soak your reed plates in 2 parts vinegar and 1 part hydrogen peroxide for a couple of minutes - no more than that. That will remove the surface lead.




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