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Letters: French Horn Affairs


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Yu, W.
Journal Title: JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Date Published: Feb-74
Language: English
Category: Anatomical, Physiological & Historical Research
Key Words: French Horn salivary brass performance
Full Citation: Yu, Wei Liang. Letters: French Horn Affairs. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association 227, no. 6 (February 1974): 657.
Full Abstract: Dr. Yu differs with Dr. Aronoff's consultation in JAMA 226 (1973), page 213, stating that the pH levels of saliva and perspiration are not effected by antacids and will not prevent wear on the instrument. The pH of saliva is normally only slightly acidic, only pH 6 to 7. Furthermore, the condensation in the horn is mostly from humidity in the breath and contains only negligible amounts of saliva. Normal dosages of antacids would not affect the pH of the saliva or perspiration as the acidity in the liquid comes from the dissolved carbon dioxide, carbonic acid. A clear plastic covering around the instrument is recommended for preventing lacquer wear from perspiration.