Cleaning Service

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetaddict, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. trumpetaddict

    trumpetaddict New Friend

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    When i take my horn to the local music store to be chemical flushed what exactly do they do?
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    disassemble, basic clean, put the parts in the chemical bath/ultrasound bath. Wipedown, grease and oil, reassemble.
     
  3. kcmt01

    kcmt01 Mezzo Forte User

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    The techs here in the Kalamazoo, Montana area (Kalispell-Missoula) usually replace the felts & corks if they need it.
     
  4. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    That is standard in most places - also any springs which need replacing, which is just about all the time on lever water keys because when they are trimmed to length, they are often too short to reuse. And it is better not to take the risk of early breakage. I always replace the springs and clips on amado water keys, and replace the standard ugly rusty set screw on the Stradivarius 3rd slide stop with a stainless steel one.:-)

    This service is an ideal time for the tech to check for any possible upcoming problem areas (worn knuckles, funky joints). I am also often polishing spring box slots etc. as part of the "standard" charge.
     
  5. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Not completely correct.

    This service should always comprise:
    Disassemble, basic clean, chemical or ultrasound bath, rinse in a neutralizing solution, detergent clean again. Dry, grease and oil, replace necessary corks felts and springs, reassemble. PLAY TEST!
     

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