internal polish?

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  1. sleight

    sleight New Friend

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    Has anyone tried to polish the inside of the lead pipe and tuning slide? Yes I keep mine pretty clean too but I have an older cornet that I have just given a good scrub with the snake to and it seems to play easier, or perhaps my imagination! But it made me wonder what the effect would be of a polish to the inside perhaps with a wad and brasso? Is this done has anyone tried it?
     
  2. rowuk

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    The problem is making sure that you get it all wiped off. If any of the polishing compounds remain in the horn, eventually the valve oila nd moisture will loosen it up and Murphys Law will make sure that it goes immediately to the valves.

    If we learn how a trumpet works, we discover how slowly the air is moving and that turbulence is really a non factor. Regular cleaning keeps the internals shiny, removal of oxidation is only cosmetic - even on the outside!

    I have had great results when good techs disassemble a horn and rebuild it with perfectionist solder techniques and low tension between the parts. There is a Swiss artisan that specializes in Bachs - René Spada is a magician!
     
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  3. trumpetsplus

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    I polish trumpet lead pipes but not bent cornet lead pipes.
     
  4. tobylou8

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    I wouldn't use anything that has any abrasives in it. As Rowuk said, "... straight to the valves". You could make up a cleaning solution and pour it into the leadpipe and hold your finger over the exit. Then run your snake back and forth with the solution in there. This should get anything out that could cause any real problem.
     
  5. rowuk

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    Polish leadpipes? I get mine from Germany..........
     
  6. SteveRicks

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    Ha, ha, ha. Just got it! Very good Rowuk!
     
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    Is there a treatise somewhere on the physics of trumpet playing? I'd like to read it...
     
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    Thanks!
     

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