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The white glove treatment

Why is the player wearing a white glove in this video?  Many instruments in museums are very old and delicate.  We have to be careful when handling them that we don’t do anything which could make them deteriorate.  Grease and oil from our skin can damage delicate surfaces on musical instruments, so gloves are usually worn to prevent this.  This is especially important with brass instruments, as their shiny surfaces are very easily marked and damaged by contact with bare skin.