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Rick WSep 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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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.
i don't think anybody has tested it... thte companies certainly would not mention it
Wow! I never knew that lead might be a concern, but this article
appears to corroborate the concern. The hardware stores sell this lead testing kit for paint, I'm tempted to try one on my harmonicas.
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
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.
As long as your not chewing on your reed plates ,.I think ya have nothing to worry about<.
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.