How to get smoke smell out of instrument?...

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  1. bumblebee

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    I give my horns a monthly bath with detergent -- my old Recording had that smoker's smell which just wouldn't go away, but after a recent ultrasound clean it's fine. The technician who cleaned it said a fair bit of black stuff came out and he had to do some extra work to really clean it.

    Perhaps I could have done a better job of cleaning the trumpet myself if I'd left it longer in the bath (rather than just 20 minutes or so). I had been using a "snake" but not much stuff came out with that -- perhaps it was really solidly bonded to the metal? Before the ultrasound clean I would have given it about 10 baths.

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  2. Ed Lee

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    I've recently been buying a few pre-owned instruments to provide to young beginning students or selling to others who could not afford to buy new. You can be sure I'm not providing a "stinky" to the children or that I would be stupid enough to attempt to market one. I've been having Ivan repair/rehabbing them since I've moved here to NC and I'm sure he will corroborate that I request ultrasound / chem clean with all I send him.

    I'm pretty sure that 20 munutes isn't an adequate soak, and though I've heard that Dawn now has a soaker type, but I haven't tried it.

    What I can say is that yellow stain turns darker with age and is an accumulation that includes tar resins. Still, a simple bath will tell you if a pre-owned has been a smoker whereas the bath water has a color caste.
     
  3. trumpetsplus

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    If there is a tobacco smell is in a trumpet you may have to replace all the valve felts and the water key corks. I had to do this for a TM member recently.
     
  4. trumpetsplus

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    Ed must have been typing at the same time as me!
     
  5. Ed Lee

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    Yeah, I told you Ivan would corroborate as that was what he did for one of my pre-owned acquisitions.
     
  6. bumblebee

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    How long a soak is recommended for the monthly bath then? I'm using a large plastic tub which can comfortably take 1 horn and most months I have 3 to do...

    Thanks,
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  7. rowuk

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    The two that you need first, and the smoky one over night.
     
  8. bumblebee

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    I'll remember that next time I get one like that. But now all my horns are "ultraclean" how long is a standard soak (followed by snake and rinse)?

    Thanks,
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  9. blaser

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    I would like to delacquer an old couesnon trumpet....is there a relatively easy and effective way to do that at home???
     

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