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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by coolerdave, Mar 27, 2011.
I have been pulling the second valve slide out ... was just wondering if there is a better way.
What kind of horn do you have? My Strad hasn't a 3rd valve water key either and I empty it by popping out the u-tube from the end and shaking/blowing through that. I do that for the other two valves too. My Strad collects more water in the second valve than my other two main horns, which both tend to collect more water in the 3rd valve section.
a Strad .... I just don't want to have to take off the 3rd valve stop screw ... I keep playing with the second and 1st valve slides ... I just can't believe there isn't a better way... I don't remember if my other 2 Bach's had a 3rd valve water keys or not. I also can't believe I forgot how to do this.
I don't unscrew anything -- the 3rd valve slide has a section on the end which pops out -- i.e. the 3rd valve slide is in two sections.
I couldn't find a picture quickly with both sections shown, but here is one of the "middle" bit:
The u-tube I referred to fits into the end on the right of the photo.
Maybe yours has stuck/needs lube?
hey that looks familiar .... I can't believe I am having this conversation.. I use to practice 3-5 hours a day... very very frustrating
Bumblebee's answer is spot on.
Yeah, the 3rd valve slide u-secton is stuck... back to the music repair shop
If you're not interested in pulling the water slide to remove water from the third valve, you might ask them to install a water key. The 2/3 fingerings can get wierd - lacking center but if quality is no object, . . .
the additional water key messes with the intonation?
I've had 3rd valve water keys put on two of my Bach Strads (Bb trumpet & cornet), and the intonation didn't change a bit.