Long brush for leadpipe?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Deecy, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. Deecy

    Deecy Pianissimo User

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    While recoating my trumpet tuning crook with grease I took a look through the leadpipe. What a mess! Grease, pieces of Kleenex(Don't ask!), even a plastic "tone enhancer" some guy from Colorado must have sold me at the NYC Brass conference. The schmutz is so dense and stuck to the walls that I'm sure soap and water alone won't remove it all.
    Does anybody know where to find a "bottle brush" long enough and small enough in diameter to reach the full length of the leadpipe?
    Maybe if the leadpipe is that filthy the rest of the horn needs a soap-and-water brushing out as well.
    (Please don't suggest sending it out. I ain't gonna do that.)

    Thanks for replies.
     
  2. Alex Yates

    Alex Yates Forte User

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    Look in the kitchen utensil section of the grocery or Walmart/Target/Walgreen's type place for a "teapot" brush. Jim Thompson told me about this years ago and it is handy to keep in the gig bag for a quick cleaning job.
     
  3. ptynan

    ptynan Pianissimo User

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    Go to any music store and ask for a "trumpet cleaning snake". A full trumpet cleaning kit will include one also.

    PT
     
  4. Deecy

    Deecy Pianissimo User

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    Thanks Alex. How long are these brushes?
    Do they reach all the way through or at least half way through?
     
  5. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    Get a REKA kit.

    The best cleaning tools I have used!

    -cw-
     
  6. Alex Yates

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    Yes Tom, they reach a little over half way and are good at removing "crud".
    They are designed to scrub out the spout section of a teapot.

    I also use the REKA kit for normal cleaning, but I carry one of these brushes for in between cleanings when I am on the road.
     
  7. MahlerBrass

    MahlerBrass Piano User

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    I like the Reka kit a lot, also the Bob Reeves leadpipes swab works well, push come to shove, you can buy a shotgun barrel brush, it's long and will get the job done, best of luck!
     
  8. brian moon

    brian moon Forte User

    Don't use one made of metal or you will be sorry some day.
     

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