A Small-Bore Bach

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  1. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    I just got a small-bore 0.447" Bach Strad in my shop. The owner brought it in because it had sticking slides.

    Let the Red Rot begin:evil:
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  2. codyb226

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    EWWWWW!

    Now I feel better about what my 2335 use to look like, nothing close to that. How hard would that be for you to get clean?
     
  3. Bob Grier

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    If you are going to give it a complete cleaning, I would like to see pics after you're finished. A good before and after. The owner nedds some serious trumpet maintenance lessons.
     
  4. jiarby

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    looks like "Green Rot" to me!
     
  5. codyb226

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    That has to take a couple years to get that bad, not that hard to clean it yourself or pay someone to do it every 8 - 12 months.
     
  6. Peter McNeill

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    I would probably expect that ammonia cleaner has been used at some stage to wash the interior of the horn.

    Ammonia based cleaners will attack the brass and leave that green/blue colour. That product if allowed to build up can become a potential impact explosive mix. Hit it with a hammer, or impact it, and you can get a bang....

    Now to Myth-busters. ;-)

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  7. flugelgirl

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    I bet once it's clean it'll be an ML bore! YUCK!!! :p
     
  8. SteveRicks

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    Ivan,

    How would you suggest someone handle such at home?

    Bet it would be fun to play. Best I understand, early trumpets were pretty much all small bore. Then ML. And today there seems to be many more moving to L and extra L bores.
     
  9. trumpetsplus

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    Very simple answer: Preventative maintenance. Clean your horn frequently. I really like the HW Brass Saver brushes, but any of the readily available snakes and brushes are fine. Unfortunately, the stage that this one is, you really need all the clever stuff like citric acid and maybe ultrasonics (which I have but only use when absolutely necessary), and up to date tetanus shots!

    There are before and after shots of a Bach in a similar state on my website.
     
  10. Dave Mickley

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    just think, those are just the removable parts - think about the leader pipe and the rest of the horn.
     

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