Ebony and ivory… Woodwind instrument maker chooses Vesconite
12 December 2017

Vesconite Hilube is traditionally known for its superior performance in difficult operating environments. particularly moist and underwater applications, such as found in the pump and marine industries.

Woodwind instrument maker Guy Cowley has, however, found another novel use for the material.

“I had been searching for a strong alternative to ivory to use on the knee joint of my basset horns,” says Cowley of the replica basset horns he produces in the style of 18th-century European instrument maker Theodor Lotz.

Cowley was originally drawn to Hilube’s pleasant aesthetic qualities – the polymer is smooth and warm to the touch. However, he quickly discovered it was also extremely hard wearing, not easily scuffed and highly suited to his craft.

He has been using Hilube successfully for the past six years.

While Vesconite Hilube offers a viable alternative to ivory in this niche application, Vesconite – with its charcoal matt finish – is finding use elsewhere as an ebony substitute.

Watch this space…

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