Finding green Olds valve cap felts

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by operagost, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. operagost

    operagost Forte User

    Jan 25, 2009
    Spring City, PA, USA
    Anyone have a source for green valve cap felts to fit an Olds? is completely unresponsive-- I already had to cancel an order-- and the Holton ones seem to be a little too thick.

    My Recording's felts aren't terribly worn, but they are badly faded and I want it to look as original as possible-- which means GREEN. It seems like you can get the felts in red, blue, and black-- but not green.
  2. fuzzyhaze

    fuzzyhaze Mezzo Piano User

    Nov 22, 2009
    Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK
    A.N.A Mendez on this forum, the go to Olds specialist and if he doesn't have them I have a few.
  3. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
  4. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

    Mar 16, 2011
    What happens if you flip the felts over? Are they faded underneath, too?

    FWIW - A seller on eBay has kits with felts for $23.95 with free shipping.

    Perhaps a local tech might have some green felts.
  5. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

    Mar 21, 2006
    Any repair shop has felts.
  6. Bflatman

    Bflatman Forte User

    Nov 27, 2008
    Manchester, England
    Good advice from all, but for those who still have issues and problems with finding felts particularly on old horns, I have another solution.
    Remember 2 things, felt is usually wool based and sometimes manmade fibre so it can be washed and dyed. (in cold water)

    Step 1, clean the felt. Felts usually dont become worn they most often simply become dirty oily and compressed. Remove the felt and using detergent, wash the felt between the fingers turning it over as you do it, but dont use excessive force, repeat this two or three times then dry between two layers of tissue.

    Step 2, (if necessary) place the felt on a work surface and use the desired color of ink or fabric dye that will return the felt to looking as new, then wash well and dry.

    The right action of course is to replace with new felt, but I have resurrected old felts on period instruments in this manner and they look and feel like new afterwards.
  7. ChopsGone

    ChopsGone Forte User

    Jan 26, 2009
    Northern California
  8. Gendreauj

    Gendreauj Piano User

    Aug 26, 2013
  9. operagost

    operagost Forte User

    Jan 25, 2009
    Spring City, PA, USA
    Believe it or not, the felts it has are faded on BOTH sides. Maybe one of the previous owners already flipped them!

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