Bottom Valve Cap Cleaning

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Mark_Kindy, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Jappe

    Jappe Pianissimo User

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    I usualy let them rest for 15 minutes in some warm water with a little detergent. And after that the cotton-tip stick. Works fine...
     
  2. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

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    Ok, I will do that. I only got into regular (as in every month) cleaning of my horns AFTER high school (crazy, I know...).

    All these comments are helpful, thank you all very much! Now, to the bathtub! Haha
     
  3. codyb226

    codyb226 Banned

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    Crazy?? I give my horn a bath every 6 months or so, but I wipe it down with the polish cloth once a week. If I get any green stuff then I will give it a bath asap. Guess I should clean it more often. But, I have never pulled a green glob or anything of the like out of my horn before. I do play almost everyday with maybe a day or two in between on rare occasions.
     
  4. Joe44

    Joe44 Pianissimo User

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    You could use a toothpick. Just be gentle.
     
  5. kingtrumpet

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    +1
     
  6. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

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    I have always used vaseline on the threads (both bottom caps and top valve caps) -- and actually on all my slides -- Even after 10 years that my King silver Flair, my flugle, and my old 1975 Conn (my first horn from 5th grade) sat in the closet ----- ALL slides and valve caps were free and easily removed when I came back to the horn a few years ago.
     
  7. gchun

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    I used to have the same problem with dirty caps. It used to be because I used to use a valve oil with silicon in it (like ProOil). I use the degreaser/cleaner that is part of the Alysyn valve oil set. A local tech recommended a commercially available degreaser. I think the brand name was LR (in a spray can)
     
  8. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

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    I typically use Al Cass -- I don't know if that has silicon in it, but I believe it leaves some sort of residue.
     
  9. tobylou8

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    I got no crud and use Hetman's light, regular and classic.
     
  10. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Valve oil helps flush dirt particles out of your valve casings (as well as a few other things.) The dirt has to go somewhere, so the valve caps act as a collection bin. If we didn't have them our shirts would not only have water key drip stains on them, but valve crud as well.
     

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