Well, I did it. I cleaned my Blessing Cornet for the first time. I was thinking about these posts...where they said they use tupperware as a bath...I used the sink again lined with a towel, scary. I got 3 mini M&M tubes and glued them to a base to use with the valves as their own tall bath. An idea from the forum. Labeled each one with their valve number and a max fill line as not to soak the pads etc... I slowly took the cornet apart and placed it in the sink neatly as not to bang into each other. then I placed the cornet itself in the soapy bath water. Not too warm, I just paid a bundle for this cornet. the snake, the MP brush, the larger brush for the tubing and valves...easy now not too hard with the brushes...but then look inside...get that stuff down in there, out of there. Got it! I put it all back together with oil and slide grease and wiped it, and put that shine back on it... Now this is LOOKING GOOD! Now for the valves...easy now...which way am I putting them back in? I think this is right...here goes the test... Ah yes, all is well! it plays just like it did when I first got it. I survived my first cornet cleaning. But I think I'll look into a better bath tub for the cornet. Maybe a shallow storage tub from wally world, I'll put my own dividers for each piece and that way no chance for dings of any kind.