In Defense of Amado (and other Plunger-Style) Water Keys

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  1. Bill Dishman

    Bill Dishman Piano User

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    I am not an Amado style water key fan. I have seen other players have problems (for whatever reason) during performances over the years. With the standard type key even if a spring or cork should fail in a performance easy fixes are there for immediate remedy to get through the gig.

    I purchased a wonderful Bach C Cornet 238 bell that someone had put Amado keys on and the first thing I did was have them replaced with standard lever style keys.
    Couldn't be happier.

    Bottom line is "to each his/her own!"

    Bill Dishman
    Gainesville, Florida
     
  2. gmonady

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    I clean my horns religiously at LEAST every three months, and the Amado keys are a pain to maintain. My Getzen works perfectly, but the Kanstul is a real Amado pain in the brass. So I just dump the spit out of the lead pipe these days. It's quicker and more efficient.

    It will be interesting how Saturn's work on the Harrelson once I get it. But the wait I have had for this horn, I could have flown to Saturn and back.
     
  3. tjcombo

    tjcombo Forte User

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    Not sure that Pollard keys would clear the water any better than Amados. The hole looks to be about half the diameter of a normal lever key outlet which means one quarter of the area for the water to go through.

    For clearing third and main slides at the same time, the Olds trombone style keys are dead simple and as Patrick pointed out above, emergency repairs are simple.
     
  4. Dviglis

    Dviglis Mezzo Piano User

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    I think there is a way to solve everyone's problems! Just use a saturn water key!!
     
  5. Dviglis

    Dviglis Mezzo Piano User

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    Who trades a Calicchio for a Getzen?
     
  6. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    If keys stick, there's dirt or damage.
     
  7. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    Now THAT has the ring of good logic!
     
  8. gmonady

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    Mine don't stick, they just don't drain. And the strange thing is I can blow air without resistance up the spit valve.
     
  9. tobylou8

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    It's all that Hungarian cuisine that's "thickened" up your saliva! :roll:
     
  10. gmonady

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    Hungarian passion can get a bit thick.
     

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