Lead Pipe repair for King Silver Flair Bb Trumpet

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  1. FergusonFan

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    The lead pipe on my Silver Flair has been twisted to the point of splitting in half. My son was playing with it and attempted to remove the mouthpiece he got stuck in it. I am trying to find a replacement lead pipe but have had zero luck. Anyone know where I might purchase one?

    I repired instruments for almost 10 years in the 80's / 90's and replaced many a lead pipe. Hate patching them, especially when they are split this badly. but I just can't seem to find a place to purchasae a new pipe.

    Any help would be appriciated.

    Eric
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Eric,
    I am not aware of any supply of originals. There are some fine 3rd party lead pipes out there like from Najoom ( Leadpipes), Blackburn ( Blackburn Trumpets Home ), Larson ( Leadpipes ), Melk ( Charlie's Brass Works - Specializing in Professional Brass Instrument Customization, Repair and Refinishing ) and Pilczuk (Pilczuk Pipes ).

    There may be some more, but these guys have universal acceptance. The leadpipe is the soul of the instrument. I would not trust just anybody. Call and get some consultation before making a move. You may end up with an even better instrument!
     
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  3. Dave Mickley

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    I second Charlie Melk, his lead pipe turned a good horn into a great horn for me.
     
  4. dsr0057

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    I third Melk Leadpipes. Another option is M/K Drawing and Bending in Elkhart, WI.

    I recommend looking at companies that will work with you on playing before purchasing.
     
  5. Ed Kennedy

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    If you want original, Allied Supply may have them in stock. You'll have to go through an Allied dealer, they won't sell to civilians.
     
  6. trumpetsplus

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    Conn Selmer list the Silver Flair lead pipe assembly as being an available part. The part number is TR16050ASP
     
  7. Bob Grier

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    I'm sure you're aware that starting in the 1980s King changed the Silver Flair. It went from a large bore prohorn to a ML intermidiate horn. Completely different. The current lead pipe from the factory will not work with an original Flair.
     
  8. oldlou

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    Did you beat the boy about the head energetically? You should at least have restricted his access to your horn and found a way to make him aware of your displeasure and financial loss. Is he old enough to help pay for the repairs? If he were my son he would ALWAYS remember not to do such a thing ever again. I hope that your King is not your sole source of income.


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