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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by dangeorges, Apr 13, 2012.
I have removed fauna from mouthpieces and trumpets...
I'll bet you have. Ever put a bit on agar agar to find out what it really was?
I once performed at an outdoor gig when the trumpeter next to me "started to lose tone". She had a fiddle with her
trumpet, bit of valve oil (through the bottom caps), no improvement - not sure what she thought she might achieve
with a re-lube - especially through the caps. Then a good solid shake, where the moupiece fell out on the grass. Next
she searched around in her trumpet case and with the knitting needle found there, proceeded to ream the food that
was stuck in her mouthpiece flicking onto the ground around her. Ted gagged, and the trumpet section became a
little unbalanced for a while. She has never been invited back - not even to rehearsals.
I have had to tactfully suggest to my friend sitting next to me that it would be a good idea to wash his trumpet out when I could smell it. He took it in good faith and had it clean by the next reheasal.
I gave a mpc to the guy next to me and he hasn't cleaned it in 6 years!!! It's blackish and I looked down it the other day and it was "full" of stalactites! It didn't play in tune to begin with and it plays even worse, wonder why?
Made me heave a little.
This is about as good an idea as taking sandpaper to the face of an acoustic guitar. Makes as much sense too ....... Who needs all that thin protective coating for the wood? Who needs all that wood??? Sand it down (why didn't the manufacturer think of this??) and it'll play better.
Great plan. Keep at it ........ I'll bet that, with some deep thought, you could figure out a way to get duct tape to improve the trumpet as well.
Doesn't duct tape fix everything (bad tone, intonation, lack of range, slotting, accuracy, endurance, tonguing, red rot ... ) ?
You can tell that a trumpet player has reached a professional status when they keep a roll of duct tape in their case .... It'll be next to the hammer and sandpaper.
Actually a "true" artisan would use gaffers tape!
Gaffer tape - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia