Depending on the hardness, thickness, and brittleness of the varnish, this can influence the sound of a wind instrument. Lacquer mainly has an influence on the instrument body; the keys can be disregarded.

It must be evaluated whether the lack of material protection justifies the sound and the gain in resonance.

The amount of de-lacquering to be carried out depends on the paint type and its condition and must be evaluated from instrument to instrument. It can be limited to the parts which will be touched.

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