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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bass_snake, Apr 12, 2009.
yup, simple solder job. Any tech can do it.
Should be an inexpensive repair for any shop...
Anything you try to do yourself will cost you at least $100.00 to undo when it goes wrong.
Are you shooting yourself in a mirror, or is it a left-handed horn?
The soldering is easy, not messing up the lacquer is more difficult. The leadpipe brace is not a challenge, but you have to be careful with heat near the valve block. All the valves and caps off, the torch aimed from over the #2 cylinder towards the brace and bell, so you don't risk heating the cylinder. I would probably pull the stems and buttons, but leave the caps and pistons in place to help pull the heat away. I may be more worried about cylinder heat deformation than necessary. Maybe Brekelefuw will chime in.
It' s a right-handed horn. I just forgot to flip the photo after I took it.
And the sign on the shop wall says:
$40/hour; if you watch, $60/hour; if you help, $100/hour
It isn't a hard thing to fix. How did you break it?
Injuries in brass instruments cause stress in them, and can change the way the horn plays if the stress isn't released. If the horn just popped apart, that means it is very stressed, and maybe you should talk to the tech about releasing the stress by reassembling the horn. This would cost more, and should only be done if necessary, but it is something to think about.
Merely clamping the leadpipe down and soldering it can create stress on the brace that hasn't popped. If he unsolders the last brace on the leadpipe side he can clean up the solder joints and then use the main tuning slide to rotate the leadpipe back onto the braces. He can just lay the horn down on a table and resolder it so only gravity is used to secure the leadpipe. This will ensure the least amount of stress on the damaged area.
I was practicing and my right thumb just moved it up. It' s more than a decade old trumpet that I just got from a trade a month ago.
Don't use tape, get the thing fixed. The sound suffers, the chance for further damage is pretty real. Presently only the leadpipe is loose. It can bend, as can also the bell when the braces are not attached. Do the RIGHT thing!
More than a decade old - how much more? I have one made in 1955, and it looks sweeeet, even now.