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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by mlrenick, Oct 2, 2009.
excuse my ignorance....but what is a 'spitball'
If alcohol did a better job of disinfecting an instrument those musicians who drink lots of booze ought to have the cleanest horns, but they don't always?
Last Christmas I was playing a church gig and one of the guys that's usually there sent a sub. The job was for 3 masses, so the director asked that we get there at 9 to go over parts and coordinate with the singers before the first mass (at 10:15).
The sub showed up at 9:15 with a small coffee and a taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwich in a bag. He sat in his seat and proceeded to finish the sandwich and drink between songs during the rehearsal. It was the closest I've ever seen someone to actually eat while they play.
I'd like to think he went right home and cleaned out the horn...but I doubt it.
In my case(s): a toothbrush and small toothpaste. You can buy multi packs of brushes and travel-sized toothpaste at the drug store - cheap. If no toothpaste I brush w/o it. I never pick up my horn without brushing if I have eaten since the last brushing. Usually I brush again anyhow. My dentist thinks it's great. I know teeth are way more expensive than trumpets, but somehow I am more motivated by the disgusting thought of blowing my last meal into my horn.
If for some reason I have to play and have no brush, I rinse with warm water as well as I can.
If you have eaten within the last 30 minutes, be sure to go to a water fountain and swish your mouth out 3 or 4 times before playing. Toothbrushing as recommended by others is the best.
A little off topic here -I remember our band director playind album (vinyl reord for young ones) of a German band at a recording studio taping marches (humorus). Following each march, each band member had one large beer. By the last few songs, some guys weren't even on the correct chart. Anyone heard this? It makes a fun "filler" for substitute day at school.
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Olds Recording 1952
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Definately keep your mouthpiece clean and sanitized. At the end of the week I give all of my mouthpieces a through washing followed by an alcohol rinse. Before playing I take an alocohol swab (you can get a box of 100 at KMart cheap) to kill any germs.
Does Scotch work?
It's kept me going for years...