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Nickel Allergy and Musical Instruments - this may not be music to your ears!

Another place nickel is found but not routinely considered is in musical instruments.

Many musical instruments contain nickel. Test before you play!Metal instruments and their parts/pieces may contain nickel or have nickel plating.

For example, most student-grade model flutes are made with nickel. The higher grade flutes tend to be made of silver which may still contain nickel.

To limit exposure to nickel, ask prior to purchasing if the instrument contains nickel, nickel plate, or copper/nickel alloy 

Test guitar strings for nickel if you are allergic to the areas that will be in prolonged contact with the skin. If unsure, test items with Nickel Alert™ prior to purchase.

Consider testing: Keys, mouthpieces, guitar and cello strings, and tuners. Test items that you are in direct contact with for a long period of time. Wash mouthpieces after testing.

Perspiration from heat and humidity aid the transfer of nickel salts—the true culprit of nickel allergy—and increases the symptoms of the allergy.





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How to Measure Your Belt Size

Most of our belts are sized from the Buckle Fold to the Middle Hole. A 36” belt will have a middle hole at 36” and two holes on either side of the center spaced 1” apart each. A 36” belt can be worn as small as 34” and as big as 38”.

There are several options to determine your ideal belt size.

The ideal way is to measure your waist through your belt loops. This measurement is the size of belt you should purchase (i.e. if you have a 34” measurement, order a 34” belt).

How To Measure Your Belt Size

An alternative option is to measure your old belt from the  Buckle Fold to the Hole you use. If your belt measures 38” from buckle fold to the hole you use most; then order a 38” belt. This will give you a belt with 2 holes either side of the hole you use most.

If you still have questions, please call us!  704-947-1917


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