Plan of action after a long break

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC, if I can make a comeback after a 40+ year lapse and persistently continue through all my aging, health and dental issues ... I know of nothing that prevents your comeback accomplishment. However, despite all the glory marketing hype, clean and lubricate your just recently acquired pre-owned trumpet. You're getting an Olds Ambassador? While mine aren't as fancily refurbished as Gmonady's, they both play well and are primary trumpets I use to demonstrate with in my tutoring sessions.
  2. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

    Nov 8, 2006
    Greenfield WI
    I have recommendations of two books. Coincidence that they come from the same publisher.

    Cichowicz Long Tone Studies Balquhidder Music

    Bai Lin Lip Flexibilities Balquhidder Music

    Start easy, do what you can, and play a little more the next week. Also pay attention to what Robin says.

  3. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Whenever feasable, in the acquisition of a preowned brass instrument, I do recommend that such be first ultrasonically cleaned by a competent musical repair technician.
    That said, if one cleans their own, there are does and don'ts one should know. Essential, is not to get the felts and corks of your valves wet! Another is to use only a cleaning snake that has a resin cover.

    Keep valves in same sequence that you removed them. I set them in three clear glasses filled with detergent only to the level of the valve but below the felts and corks.

    Dawn brand dishwashing detergent is what I use to give my dissassembled intrument a bath in warm, but with water not hotter than would be used to give an infant a bath but let it soak for up to an hour before brushing with the cleaning snake or wiping with microfiber rags. Rinse in clear water at least twice and then again with 91% isopropryl alcohol (the germ killer, per Dr. G.M. Onady, M.D.)

    As you re-assemble, lubricate with valve oil and slide greases.
  4. BinaryHulledIon

    BinaryHulledIon Piano User

    Nov 23, 2012
    Spartanburg, SC
    You could always remove the corks & felts. My horn doesn't actually have any corks (there are six felts, two on each valve with one inside and one outside), but as long as you have a gentle, steady hand, the corks will come off.

    Just make sure you know where to get replacements if you try it.
  5. Forte User

    Jan 27, 2008
    Brisbane, Australia
    I got it I got it I got it! I will post pics in Vintage soon. :) already updated my signature. Needs lubrication.

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