Petroleum Jelly on Slides?

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  1. lakerjazz

    lakerjazz Mezzo Piano User

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    I was reading an ebay description where the seller mentioned putting vasoline on the slides. I'd never thought of it before, but tuning slide grease and petroleum jelly seem like similar enough products.

    Has anyone tried this?
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    it works, but doesn't last very long. Vaseline thins out really quickly.
     
  3. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

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    It may work on tuning slides but I would not put it on my moving slides. I remember using it in HS on a crappy Amati trumpet. Worked OK, but it was rather thick for moving slides.
     
  4. dstrad

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    I use it on the first and third slides of my Strad along with a drop or two of Al Cass and it works very well.
     
  5. bigtiny

    bigtiny Mezzo Forte User

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    I've used vaseline for slides for years (hell, decades) and it works fine...

    bigtiny
     
  6. Microtrumpet

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    never wanted to risk any damage to the horn to try. Just tried to always have some greese or i used valve oil on them.
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    here is a slide that could use some Vaseline!
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  8. Bruin

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    Vasoline,[ petrolatum ], and anhydrous lanolin have been wisely suggested, but, my favorite is a mixture of those two lubricants. I use Bag Balm available from all farm supply stores, pharmacies, and most super markets in a decorative green 10 OZ tin that will last for a long lifetime, and all fo the princely sum of less than $6.00. The very nice thing about Bag Balm is that it also is meant to soften chapped skin. A fine thing to have available here in the great wintry north.


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  10. SteveRicks

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    Petroleum jelly is not going to harm the horn. I've been using it on the slides of my Olds Super since 1964 and Bach Strad since 1970. In fact, my slides probably look better than most. It does a good job protecting from red rot and seems to hold up well.

    Steve
     

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