Fill your Trumpet with milk!? true or false?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by yodnnee, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. yodnnee

    yodnnee New Friend

    Apr 19, 2010

    I remember someone once telling me that if you want your new horn to sound vintage, instead of waiting 50 years, you can fill it with milk and leave it for a few days/weeks?? And once you've cleaned it out, it'll give you that colourful sound only old trumpets have.

    Has anyone ever heard anything like this before? Or think it'd work?

  2. Jcoffey

    Jcoffey New Friend

    Aug 20, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    ummm.... that just sounds gross... never heard that before
  3. Bay Area Brass

    Bay Area Brass Piano User

    Mar 2, 2007
    San Francisco
    What makes a horn sound vintage is the design of the horn and the age of the metal. Two week old milk isn't going to do anything to the molecules of the brass-that's what effects the sound and feel of a trumpet.
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  4. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Sounds like Cow-dung!! Bulls do not give Milk, or BS to me.
  5. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

    Oct 19, 2008
    Flinders Vic Australia
    I first heard of this 60 years ago, I dont know of anyone that has done it. If you could stand the smell give it a go and let us know the result. I hate to think what the effect on the inside would be as lactic acid is one of the products of decomposing milk.

    Regards, Stuart.
  6. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

    Dec 29, 2009
    Canton, Ohio
    Vitamin D or 2%????????:dontknow::oops:
  7. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

    Nov 16, 2005
    Vidin, Bulgaria

    You should better use a straw to drink your milk, not a trumpet leadpipe :bleah: I wouldn't wait for a week to get a better taste...
  8. yodnnee

    yodnnee New Friend

    Apr 19, 2010
    Ahhh, so I'm not alone... despite the odds.

    Stumac, do you remember any of the details? namely the amount of time you're meant to leave the milk for?

    Was thinking of picking up a real cheap horn from the supermarket (this weeks special!), and giving it a go.
  9. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

    Mar 25, 2005
    Indianapolis, In
    How nasty that would be.
  10. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Sounds like a Flute players story to a gullable Trumpet owner....

    I really think it may have been a bad joke; but I do trust Stumac. But I would bet Stu never did it :)

    Probably natural Yoghurt, as an unsweetened culture could possible add real warmth to the horn. I can really imagine all those hairy green slimy bacteria cultures going crazy feeding on Brass....

    Maybe was with Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer afterwards, and the green Bacteria can be transformed into a deadly impact sensitive that's bang for the buck, and I have milked this story long enough...
    Cheers...pleasant creepy dreams..

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