A question or two on salt baths...

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  1. mctrumpet98

    mctrumpet98 Pianissimo User

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    OK I've done this on mouthpieces in the past but not on trumpets. Basically I have a few questions.

    1) I was told to put in a tablespoon of bi-carb soda and two table-spoons for salt for a reasonably large tub for trumpets. This seems like a lot... is it too much?

    2) What procedure should I follow when doing it? Do I need to take the trumpet apart? When I dry it and let it drain, how and for how long?

    Basically I need an overview of what to do :shock:

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. JNINWI

    JNINWI Piano User

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  3. gmonady

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    Not sure what action the salts would add either; however, if you place it on aluminum foil, the tarnish will melt away. And I would take it apart so the slide inserts can get the benefit of the bath. If not, that would kinda be like taking a bath without soaping down the naughty bits... wouldn't it now?
     
  4. veery715

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    With aluminum foil, warm water, and about 1/2 cup or even more of a sodium ion providing compound - salt, baking soda, washing soda (TSP?). The free sodium in the solution provides the conductor for the electro-chemical reaction which moves the sulfur from the silver to the aluminum. The trumpet and the aluminum foil need to be in contact with one another.
     
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  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Salt (sodium) only helps if the trumpet is silver plated. Even more important is rinsing the horn until there is no trace of salt left.
     
  6. mctrumpet98

    mctrumpet98 Pianissimo User

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    Alright thanks for the help guys!
     

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