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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Decentplayer, Apr 25, 2008.
Can someone tell me how to care for rotary valves. Where does the rotary oil go?? Thanks.
Rotary Valve Maintenance These are for French horn, but the idea is the same. I like to put some oil into the bottom caps as well, and have never had a problem with valves hanging.
1: use the oil with the needle tip on the spindle that swivels. there's a small gap not more than a few mm wide and it goes in there.
2: normal oil on the middle bump under the bottom cap.
3: in the leadpipe, blow and push valves.
so yeah, that diagram does also work for trumpet valves.
TY. I think I got it. I'll do it carefully since this is my first rotary instrument.
What kind is it?
It's a Selman flugelhorn.
Go to the Antique Sound Workshop website. There is an excellent article on rotary care.
The rotary valves have an advantage over piston valves in that only the bearing surface needs "oiling". They can be built MUCH tighter and do not wear as quickly.
As aerosols from your breath can be deposited on the valve surface, when the horn is not played for a while, it will dry out, leaving the aerosols to act like sandpaper. I run water through the horn and only play mine "moistened"