Need advice on how to unstick keys

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  1. jpvr558@aol.com

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    Hope someone out there can come to my rescue. Our family just returned from vacation and when my 13 year old son went to practice his trumpet, the keys are all stuck. We tried valve oil, but they will not budge. Any suggestions? It is a one year old Bach, and we do not want to harm it. Suggestions will be most appreciated.
     
  2. butxifxnot

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    Time for a cleaning when either 1 the keys won't budge or 2 the keys get stuck and need frequent oil. First, (what I would do) if they literally will not move (ie can't take them out, even), run warm water over and into what you can for a while and try to loosen them. When that's done, clean the valves. I would understand if your son has never cleaned the trumpet before. :) It needs to be done.
     
  3. trumpet blower88

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    What ever you do, don't try to force them out. Valves are very fragial and can easily be damaged with the slightest bit of pressure. If the warm water trick dosn't work, take it to a shop and have a professional look at it, doing it yourself and saveing about $30 isnt worth ruining the valves and haveing to spend about $300 to get one replaced.
     
  4. butxifxnot

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    Odds are they will carefully take the thing out, oil it, and say it's fixed. It seems that the grime in the valves just hardend. What would probably be the best thing to do (if you don't mind the $$$) is to get it professionally cleaned.
     
  5. BPinard

    BPinard Pianissimo User

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    Try soaking the horn in warm water with a small amount of soap (in the bathtub). You will probably need to have the felts replaced (since they get wet) if you do this.
     
  6. Chris4

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    You could try wiping the valves clean and then rubbing some brasso on them. Then oil them and they should be fine. Brasso has one of the lightest grits in it and will smooth out any rough spot on the valve. Hope this helps,Chris
     
  7. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    Chris4 wrote:
    Personally,
    I would NOT put Brasso on my valves!!!!!

    -cw-
     
  8. Chris4

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    A little bit will do no harm and will smooth any rough spot in the valve o casing.
     

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