Coughs and sneezes spread diseases – so do brass instruments…

In 1890 the British Medical Journal warned against the microbes lurking in brass instruments. Given the potential breeding ground of the hundreds of dormant (or a least more rarely used) instruments throughout the country, we obviously need to heed this warning and take their advice of filling the instruments with a 5% solution of carbolic acid. [note: remember to empty it first before attempting to play it]

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