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Yamaha Wind Instruments First To Use 100% Lead-Free Solder

Published: Mon April 27, 2009  News Feed

With increasing concern worldwide about possible damage to the environment due to large accumulations of lead in discarded products, Yamaha has reached an ecological milestone to become the world’s first major musical instrument manufacturer to eliminate the use of potentially hazardous lead-based solder in wind instruments.

All new Yamaha wind instruments now use lead-free solder and bear an official logo to denote this and demonstrate Yamaha‘s unparalleled commitment to environmental issues.

Yamaha’s pioneering research and development to produce a lead-free solder that would maintain Yamaha’s traditional sound and product quality began in 2003. Considerable time and effort has since been spent running test evaluations with top artists in order to determine exactly which type of lead-free solder would be the optimum material to use on musical instruments and the company has gradually succeeded in converting all of its wind instrument production facilities to the use of this ecologically friendly material.

Mike Ketley, Senior Director at Yamaha Music UK Limited stated, "We are very proud to have removed the lead based solder from all Yamaha wind instruments and to be the first manufacturer to take this step. This serves to reinforce Yamaha's reputation in providing high-quality instruments to its dealers and, in turn, environmentally-friendly instruments to our customers."

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