To Play vs. To Display – Towards Guidelines for Brass Instruments

von Steiger, Adrian (6 February 2020). To Play vs. To Display – Towards Guidelines for Brass Instruments In: Playing and operating : functionality in museum objects and instruments. Paris. 4.–6. Februar 2020.

At the 2017 CIMCIM Conference in Switzerland, we presented research into corrosion in brass instruments. For historical instruments in playing condition, one conclusion reached was that interior corrosion can be minimised significantly. Using a ventilator to dry the interior surface each time after playing it, the interior corrosion process is barely activated. A protocol of preventive conservation based on these insights has since then been applied to brass instruments in playing condition of the Bern University of Arts HKB and at the “Klingendes Museum” in Bern. This paper discusses our experiences. Whether to play these instruments or not remains a dilemma for every single one of them. The results of this study may provide a basis for curators and conservators to take informed decisions in future.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute Interpretation


von Steiger, Adrian


M Music and Books on Music > M Music
T Technology > TS Manufactures




Adrian von Steiger

Date Deposited:

28 Apr 2020 10:09

Last Modified:

25 Nov 2020 14:48


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