greasing trumpet slides???

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by lpuppy79, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. lpuppy79

    lpuppy79 New Friend

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    is there any way to do it that's really effective and efficient.

    i use this way: put the grease on the slide. put the slide into the "socket" and turn/spin it in the "socket". then take the stuff that was scraped of put it back on the slide and repeat. i do this untill it is nice and smooth.

    is there any way to get them smoother faster?
     
  2. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

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    Sounds right to me, just clean first, then strip and put back together.

    I sparingly use vaseline for the slides and caps. This apparent can be an issue where caps can get vaseline into valve movements. I have never had this problem, but I do clean often.

    There is a slide grease made for the purpose. The slides eventually do get very smooth so keep cleaning and re-greasing.
     
  3. edcon1981

    edcon1981 Mezzo Forte User

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    that sounds about right. just apply slide grease sparingly, it can be a pain if it works it's way into the valve casing.

    I use selmer "pink" slide grease, nice smooth movement, and the bottle lasts FOREVER!!!
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Anhydrous Lanolin from the drugstore. Cheap, efficient, slick. Clean first (ALWAYS clean first)then apply.
     
  5. krmanning

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    A mixture of petrolatum (vaseline) and lanolin, sold as Aquaphor brand, works great. I used to use Vaseline, but when it gets cold it can get stiff. This product is cheap (for the amount you get), and lasts a long time.
     
  6. MFfan

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    Same stuff also sold as Bag Balm, great for your herd's teats as well as your slides. Sold at Walgreens. Last forever.
     
  7. tedh1951

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    If you are a "boaty", spray Lanoline called Lanoleen (I think) is available for outboard motor protection and works really well. Just hold the slide in a paper towel and spray lightly away from the laquered or plated parts - stick in trumpet. A couple of things - clean first, spray lightly and flip your hand over to do the other side. Very thin even finish. A little valve oil on the 3rd valve slide does wonders, too.
     

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