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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by coolerdave, Jun 4, 2012.
Now that's funny!
I used to leave my Kanstul 1525 flugel with its copper bell on a Hercules 3-prong stand, only to discover that the bell WAS deformed over time. The stand is fastened to a shelf so there is no danger of kicking it or knocking it over. I sometimes now leave a horn there for a day or two, but usually only during pracitce sessions, and put them away afterwards.
More often I have an in-bell stand on the floor in my practice area and I set a horn on it when I rest (when I work on the piano), but always put it away after I am finished.
But I would never again put a copper belled horn on any stand.
Silver horns exposed to circulating air will tarnish much more quickly than horns in a closed case. Unless the bell is really thin or soft, leaving a horn on a stand for extended periods of time shouldn't harm it. The stand rest that touches the horn could cause discoloration of the finish over time, though, depending on what it's made of. The other concern would be people/kids/animals knocking the horns over, but it sounds like you don't have a problem with that. I keep my horns in their cases - the only exception is the old Besson cornet I recently bought. Since It doesn't have a case and it won't fit in any of my empty ones, it lays on top of a filing cabinet in the spare bedroom. I can already tell it's tarnishing...
The case to the trumpet : stand by me !
In case you would not understand, I could not resist…
whew..thanks Turtle .... that's a relief ...... I can only hope that I will be able repay this valuble advise to you in the future
The real question is, will leaving stands on the floor (with or without their parasitic horns) damage the floor?
I recycle my med Rx vials to hold my mpcs when not in use, and also recycle the dessicant packed with my aspirin and other such and toss in my vials also. seems it now takes years for my mpcs to tarnish, but somehow I also think the amber tint of my Rx vials enters the equation also.
Remember moisture usually contains the same impurities as air does. Still, without sulphur, silver oxididizes to grey - blackish alone in the presence of oxygen, sulphur stains silver with a tannish to brown coloration and the stain takes extra effort to diminish.
weelllll in 5th grade I used to always have my trumpet on the stand, so I walked into band class one day after a very rushed morning and opened my case to find that it was empty. My mom got a very angry email home that day and I got into much trouble so my answer is no never in my life will i EVER use a stand all the time again.
I do not like playing instruments that are "dryed out". That is why it is always in a closed case or in my hands making music. On a stand, the moisture evaporates leaving the aerosols from our breath crusted on the inside of the tubes........ Even those SodaStreamer water carbonation maschines print on the bottle to never let them dry out - for the same reasons.
Dizzy had a perfect response to a question like this: Oops is too late............
Well, it's time for me to change my habits !