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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SteveRicks, Sep 15, 2012.
well if it glows in the dark SIGN ME UP!!!
DON"T DO IT. The gentleman is correct. I had a Severinsen chem cleaned and , long story short, it screwed up the valves for a long time!
I actually have that fear with this trumpet....but it has serious buildup....not sure what course of action I should take.
Ultrasonic if a snake won't do it.
But I could lose compression, that's my fear.
Thanks for this
I'm pretty surprised at the amount of people "scared" of chem cleanings. There's nothing wrong with a chem cleaning done by a competent repair tech. Charlie Melk used to do them before obtaining an ultrasonic cleaner. Dr. Valve does a chem cleaning followed by an ultrasonic cleaning.
Here are some before and after pics
Ascorbic acid is used in industry to passivate metals. It is particularly effective on Stainless Steel but works to a degree on Brass. I have a small tank of it which I sometimes use to soak slides to give them a very smooth feel - especially French Horn slides which are always being pulled to dump water. It can give trumpet slides that last bit of smoothness for those who want trombone slide feeling to their first and third slides.
I happened to have had an extremely dirty horn come in today. It took 30 minutes to get the upper-inner main tuning slide tube out from the outer slide.
This is an example of why you shoudl maintain your horns regularly with proper oil and greasing habits, as well as cleaning.
It is also an example of what soaking in soap and water CAN'T do, and why we need chemical cleaning.
Everything on this horn was stuck, but after I chem cleaned it it needed no other work aside from resoldering the main tuning slide back together.