How do Repaimen Chemicaly Clean Trumpets

Discussion in 'Horns' started by Bach 1 1/4C Man, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. Bach 1 1/4C Man

    Bach 1 1/4C Man Pianissimo User

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    What is the name of the Chemical used to Chemicaly clean trumpets and can you do it your self.
     
  2. Angiemac

    Angiemac New Friend

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    It's usually phosphoric acid, but some use stronger chemicals than that. And I would HIGHLY recommend that you do not attempt this yourself, best to leave it to the pros. :-)
     
  3. Robert Rowe

    Robert Rowe Mezzo Piano User

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    Forget it, man.

    Leave it for the pros (certified band instrument repair technicians).
    They earn what they charge.


    Robert Rowe
     
  4. sinfoniantrumpeter

    sinfoniantrumpeter Pianissimo User

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    what are the advantages to getting your horns chem cleaned? what actually happens?

    thanks
    carl
     
  5. mike ansberry

    mike ansberry Forte User

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    Over time, crud and lime deposits build up inside your horn. These are generally basic in nature. The acid bath cleans out all this crud and lime and leaves the horn clean inside. I do my horn about once a year.
     
  6. Robert Rowe

    Robert Rowe Mezzo Piano User

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    Was chatting some "shop talk" with another repair tech the other day.
    He used an interesting correlation regarding the build-up inside a horn -- he said it's akin to plaque on your teeth ... and in extreme cases, like what barnacles emit that makes them adhere to ships.

    Wow !! (If you've been around the ocean and boats, you'll get the idea).


    Regards,
    Robert Rowe
     
  7. Angiemac

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    I could see that - someone who never brushed their teeth would have much more buildup than someone who did. :shock: It would also apply to people who smoke and play.
     

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