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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by BigDub, Feb 8, 2014.
thank you all, very helpful- except for Doc, who will be delegated to a time out for his comments.
My L-12, Committee, SR, Super, and 3Star sit on stands along the wall. I play all of them most days. They are too much fun. The rest are in cases.
From a chemical supply I've acquired a gallon size container of silica gel replete with the indicator. With this I fill recycled pharmacy vials that I have drilled perforations in. Spread on a microwave plate and microwaved, this silica gel can be regenerated for continued usage.
Left in even empty cases these vials filled with silica gel reduce the potential of a musty foul odor developing, unfortunately not as well in heavily padded multiple instrument cases unless a vial is in every compartment.
A snake brush may be useful for an instrument bath, but it does little to reduce moisture, as in fact leaves a residue of it. The leadpipe swab isn't that great at removing all of the moisture either, but certainly becomes icky after several uses.
After a bath, I use gun patches pulled through each piece of my instrument with nylon fishing line attached to a small torpedo fishing sinker that is threaded through the tubing, first these patches are dipped in 91% alcohol which is also a solvent removing lots of grime, continuing with clean patches until when removed they reveal little grime, and give about a half hour alcohol evaporative rest. Then this is followed by still more patches soaked in fine machine oil. Only then is my instrument re-assembled and in doing so re-lubricated.
Still, with this foregoing process, I won't say I've stopped red rot, but I do believe I've slowed its progress and I can open one of my cases without wearing a gas mask.
I like to leave my horns in sight, on hooks or stands. That way I can practice on the spur of the moment, rather than talk myself out of going to the trouble of unpacking--then it seems like work.
Once I come home, no matter how beat I am, the first thing I do is to unpack my trumpet. Why? Out of sight, out of mind. I also require my 10 yr old daughter to do the same thing when she comes home from band.
When I move into my new house, we will be getting an Amish hand crafted curio cabinet that will house all my horns behind glass. Behind said cabinet will be a beautiful painting by BigDub, the one that has put me in time out.
No the question is What? Then what do you do with it? Leave it on a stand on the floor next to the dog crate? Place it in a lighted niche for all to see on display? Inquiring minds need to know what is done once you release it from the confines of the restrictive case.
But you know, a quick unzip and a pull is such a cool way to pull a horn out of my Torpedo bags. Kinda like hunting with your rifle in the quiver, waiting to be quickly retrieved to take down what is fair game.
Any horn that I will not be playing for awhile, I clean thoroughly, let dry disassembled for a day, oil, lube, and re-assemble, then store in case (silver horns inside a silver tarnish retardent bag within case).
My daily player(s) I usually leave on the stand in a safe spot, every couple days after playing, I flush slides and leadpipe with water in kitchen sink, run an alcohol soaked leadpipe swab through leadpipe and main tuning slide (takes about 5 min.), then leave on stand with main and 3d tuning slide off in a safe place to allow to dry out.
I like Ed's silica idea.
...........I hate redrot.
Did you bring your laptop or tablet to timeout with you? How did you post? Now your time out is extended. Sorry I had to do that.