Ever Noticed a Horn plays better when...

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Peter McNeill, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

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    uhm, he was a trombone player --- you can't believe anything those "low" lives say anyhow ------ ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  2. mchs3d

    mchs3d Mezzo Forte User

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    There was an ITG journal article that proposed that the crystalline structures in brass do align to fit a players sound after years and years of use.
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    If we look at the wear pattern on the slides/valves and areas where our persperation "attacks" the horn, I can certainly agree with that!. Heck, even where the aerosols, food particles and dust collects in the horn differs according to player. There are some horns that maintain a level of play for a VERY LONG TIME (70 years in this case): my Heckel Bb rotary is one of those. There are others that really need an overhaul after 6 years of hard playing - that was the Bach 72* that I had for a VERY LONG TIME.
     
  4. Sofus

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    I´ve always thought that crystal bonding applied to salt, silicon etc.
    and metal bonding applied to metals.

    Maybe it´s the other way around (I´m usually wrong so that would not surprise me . . .)? :-(
     
  5. strad116055

    strad116055 Pianissimo User

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    i dunno. all i know is if you wanted to borrow a trombone from bruce, you were out of luck, because he didn't want you messing with his molecules.
     
  6. Dean_0

    Dean_0 Piano User

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    hmmmm maybe but I always thought a thorough bath did the same thing ? ;-)

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  7. strad116055

    strad116055 Pianissimo User

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    i knew a different guy (a kinda famous one) who would not have his french horn cleaned because as he said, after a clean, (i presume he meant acid bath) "it may play better, but it won't play the SAME." i don't know if his horn was gross or what, but he didn't have any trouble for a long, long time. (he said this after declining a bite of his wife's sweet roll.) my wife, who is a busy freelance hornist, gets her horn cleaned once a year. she also runs mouthwash through her leadpipe when she gets a cold. my favorite trumpet, a bach 37, is probably due, and atho i've had it for almost 30 years, its still hasn't been done. i'm not exactly afraid of what might happen. i just haven't gotten around to it. i used to run warm water into the bell and let it come out the other end. (and stuff did come out.) i also daily oil the valves through the leadpipe like schilke recommended, altho sometimes i have to take the valves out and oil them too. schilke thought it prevented dirt etc. from sticking.
     

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