Does the spit valve really release spit?

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  1. lakerjazz

    lakerjazz Mezzo Piano User

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    If I put my finger in front of lips and buzz, it will never get wet. The buzz is completely dry, yet after playing a few minutes, the "spit" valve is already full. Is it really spit or is something else going on? My thinking was that there is air (including some vapor) inside the leadpipe, and when you put in your mouthpiece and buzz, the leadpipe is entirely sealed, and the heat from the air you are blowing causes causes the vapor in the leadpipe to condense. :dontknow: Any thoughts on this?
     
  2. Outkastah

    Outkastah Pianissimo User

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    Some of it could be, but when you play your lips are appart so some spit escapes. Lip Buzzing is good but thats not actually what you do into the horn. Buzz on a Mp... it will drip...
     
  3. govtmodel

    govtmodel Pianissimo User

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    Most of it is condensation from your breath.
     
  4. RHSbigbluemarchingband

    RHSbigbluemarchingband Mezzo Piano User

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    Its mainly condensation, my spit valve fills up FAST, and I normally have a constant bead of water dripping out of my bell.
     
  5. Trumpetman67

    Trumpetman67 Piano User

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    It's almost like putting a towel or tin foil over hot food, you get condensation. Your hot breath playing in your cold trumpet, it creates condensation. There's nothing bad about it, so there are no worries
     
  6. Alex_C

    Alex_C Piano User

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    Yep condensation. In a cold horn, you get quite a bit, but even on a warm horn you'll get a constant flow.

    "Spit valve" just sounds cooler than "condensation valve"
     
  7. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    My wife thinks it sounds sooo disgusting. She would probably prefer the latter.:play:
     
  8. lakerjazz

    lakerjazz Mezzo Piano User

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    Well if it is just condensation, then I prefer the term "water valve." It rolls off the tongue nicely too.
     
  9. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Saliva is a much thicker liquid than the condensed water which collects in your trumpet. Your trumpet is fitted with "water keys" so that you can release this buildup.

    I do not know of any instruments which are fitted with "spit valves".
     
  10. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    Right. Kind of like "spit and polish". Condensation and polish ..... it just doesn't work.

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