Lacquering is relatively inexpensive and easy to apply to a range of metal alloys. It allows the ‘natural’ color of the instrument to shine through. As the lacquers we use today are applied in a very thin layer, the effect on the sound is minimal. In thin-walled hard bells, some of the overtones could possibly become somewhat muted, but in practice this is hardly audible. From a mechanical aspect, modern lacquers are very durable.