Horn bacteria can make you sick.

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  1. Big Daddy

    Big Daddy Mezzo Piano User

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    On September 8th, NPR had this story about a Trombone player who didn't clean his instrument and got sick from a bacteria growing in it.

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  2. Markie

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    First it was green onions from Mexico, then it was the lettuce, last week it was the eggs, now you're telling me the green stuff is off limits as a dip or topping! Oh well, I'd better throw away my recipe for gunkamole dip.
     
  3. Mark B

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    ROFLGood one!

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  4. Bruin

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    Robert - This supports the argument for always exercising good oral hygiene before/during practicing and performing, and bathing your horn and mouthpieces on a regular basis.
     
  5. Big Daddy

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    I follow all of them. I try to clean my horns once a month. I take them apart and rinse all the parts with warm water and antibacterial dish soap and them use a trumpet brush on the insides and rinse again. I also do the same with my mouthpieces every time I use them.
     
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  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Read the article, it says that only a few are really sensitive. The rest is common sense. It is not hard work to take care of your instruments. If you play a lot, every couple of months is enough.
     
  7. wolfmann

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    When I was a young I got the stomach Flu.
    I kept saying to myself Im OK Im OK Im OK.


    Well I wasnt.



    In mid note,yup you guessed it.

    I puked in my horn.



    Try cleaning THAT out.

    Took a week or so for the smell to go away.

    For some reason everyone in the section gave me a 3 chair cushion of space that week.
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  8. Mark B

    Mark B Pianissimo User

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    :shock: Ewwwwww. Good on you for sticking it out as long as you could, but EWWW!

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  9. Alex_C

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    MAN this sucks! Are they saying, I have to change my morning routine of taking a cup of Tanqueray, pouring it in my horn, shaking it all around, then dispensing out the spit valve into a martini glass and adding 3 drops of vermouth and a twist of lime?

    They are trying to thwart my becoming a genius musician.
     
  10. Vulgano Brother

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    Watch out for Tone Maggots! They will hatch and crawl into your mouth while playing. Keep your horn clean!








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