"making popcorn"

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  1. ckkphoto

    ckkphoto Pianissimo User

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    So I have been practicing increasingly on my Jaeger E. flat trumpet. Very happy with that but had noticed a problem that I think he is more related to myself than the trumpet. My daughter called it "making popcorn". Essentially spit is collecting past the first water slide and a third water slide and making a popping sound that can only be cleared by blowing hard on the horn so that the extra water comes out of the bell. Unfortunately, this makes a loud whistling noise and so I would never do it if playing a performance. This is a little concerning to me because I play the trumpet for church with some regularity. I do not know why this has started to happen. I am not having this problem on the Bb or the C trumpet. :-o
     
  2. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    I would expect that you have dirt collected around the main slide water key. Remove the slide, unscrew the water key cap (careful there is a spring under the cap), snake out the slide, and clean out the drainage hole.

    Or, in a pinch, remove the first slide hold the trumpet up and blow through the trumpet, holding the first valve down.
     
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  3. ckkphoto

    ckkphoto Pianissimo User

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    That seems to have been it. The first valve water key was plugged and when I practiced after clearing it did not have the problem at all. Thanks Ivan! Never had experience before now with Amado water keys. :duh:
    :-)
     

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