Brown Plastic Vintage (c. 1970s) Yamaha Recorder: 6,652 ppm Lead (90 is unsafe for kids) 4,737 ppm Cadmium (75 is unsafe for humans) & 1,572 ppm Mercury.

When  tested with an XRF instrument this vintage recorder (musical instrument) had the following readings:

This is the reading with the XRF analyzer window focused on the gold of the Yamaha logo:

  • Lead (Pb): 6,662+/- 282 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 4,737 +/-192 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): 1,572 +/- 107 ppm

This is the reading of the brown plastic alone:

  • Lead (Pb): 5,365 +/- 195 ppm

The man who owns this instrument is the exact same age as me. I have a distinct childhood memory of having this very same recorder for 4th grade music class. (And these were going in our mouths! With this crazy high lead level! #Gah!)

Do you remember having this recorder too? If so, please leave a comment with your story.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

2 Responses to Brown Plastic Vintage (c. 1970s) Yamaha Recorder: 6,652 ppm Lead (90 is unsafe for kids) 4,737 ppm Cadmium (75 is unsafe for humans) & 1,572 ppm Mercury.

  1. Jessica April 7, 2019 at 2:32 am #

    This is crazy! And I wonder if any schools still use these old ones?

    I know people can search your blog to find answers, but I’d love if you had a sentence or two in every article simply explaining that lead chalks out of plastic and can leach through skin, even if you’re not putting it in your mouth, and maybe the links to side effects in children and adults so people understand what to look for or that symptoms seem so common and they might just go get blood lead levels drawn. You need an infograph! Lol

  2. Kara Albert April 7, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this! My daughter has been using my old one (just like the one pictured!) all this year. I’m sick to my stomach now but so glad I know. I will get her a new one but I wonder about those. ugh!

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