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  1. hhsTrumpet

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    Wow! :-o It's only 30 dollars! The big ones must be quite a bit more expensive for what my tech is charging for a clean.
     
  3. TrentAustin

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    That's not going to do anything like the ones we have in our shop which cost 100x that ;-)
     
  4. tobylou8

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    It "claims" to do valves, nozzles, and machine parts. Ultrasonics can also destroy solder if done too, two, to, aggressively! :roll:
     
  5. tjcombo

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    +1. There are a few ideas for home-brew ultrasonic cleaners on the 'net. One of the videos shows a "successful" test where a sheet of aluminium foil is perforated after a short time in the cleaner. I'd be nervous about plunging a horn into a new cleaner without some careful testing.
     
  6. tobylou8

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    Charlie Melk mentioned that EXTREME caution should be used on older restoration jobs as it could cause more work to be done. I think it was a ultrasonic vs. chem cleaning discussion.
     
  7. musicalmason

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    From the research I've done, it seems like it's more like 130-200xs that price to get one that is actually worth while....For $30 I wouldn't expect much. I doubt a small one like this will have the power to harm a tuning slide, but then again, what is the point of cleaning just a tuning slide? Or just a valve? If you can't clean the whole horn, or at least the part that is normally the dirtiest (leadpipe) why bother?
     
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    I will never put ANY of my trumpet parts in an ultrasonic bath and will not have a tech do so with my instruments. Period. I am not saying that you all shouldn't. I know why I won't however.
     
  10. J. Jericho

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    Wouldn't playing DHC for, say, 10 minutes using circular breathing accomplish the same thing? :-P
     

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