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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by edcon1981, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. edcon1981

    edcon1981 Mezzo Forte User

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    is it safe to assume that cotton would probably be the best cloth for removing tarnish?

    does anyone know of any cloths that can do damage? i know if you use certain fabrics on eyeglasses you'll get scratches.
     
  2. veery715

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    Check out microfiber. Won't scratch.
     
  3. Bob Grier

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    I use silversmiths copper polish. It comes with an applicator sponge that get in all the hard to get to spotsand it rinses off with water.
     
  4. Newguy

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    Bare hands, or as Dave said, bear hands. However, similarly to him, I have purchased leather valve covers for both which no doubt help increase time-to-tarnish.
     
  5. oldlou

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    Hey Bernie, Have you ever heard of 'Verdigris', that green gunk that grows on brass as a result of being in contact with brass? It is often found on old harness hardware and belt buckles that have been in need of cleaning and polishing. Nasty stuff!!


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  6. JRFIII

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    How come nobody mentioned "beer hands?"
     
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  7. Newguy

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    Probably just naturally assumed!!! ROFLROFL
     
  8. Newguy

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    Yep, OldLou, comes from years of leather to brass contact. People have a nasty habit of leaving cartridges in holster loops and actually getting them almost welded in there!!! These covers have some sort of soft velvet plush lining on the back so there is no actual leather to brass contact, the leather is only on the hand side. Of course, it would pay to check for wear when you have the cover off for cleaning to make sure you haven't worn it away down to bare leather to brass some where.
     
  9. edcon1981

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    i prefer the jean baptiste non leather valve guard (at least i think it was jean baptiste, bought all three at once). it's kind of like a felt lined foam rubber, the stuff that sport ankle braces are made out of. i have one on each of my horns.
     
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  10. Bob Grier

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    Check out the hand guards at leather Specialties. I have the deluxe model on all my horns.
     

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