Red Rot Worries

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  1. BrassKicksArse

    BrassKicksArse New Friend

    Jul 14, 2012
    Ok, so lately i've been playing mellophone more than usual, and when i took out the main tuning slide out, i noticed patches of red on the ends of the tubes. is this red rot? Im kind of worried because i bought it new a year ago, and for the price i paid, id be realllly mad to have get some expensive repairs... Thanks!
  2. entrancing1

    entrancing1 Mezzo Piano User

    Feb 16, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Probably not, But start giving it a bath with dish detergent and snaking it out once a month or so.
  3. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

    Nov 8, 2006
    Greenfield WI
    Slide tubes are cheap and easy to replace if they are starting to rot out.

  4. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

    Nov 7, 2009
    San Pedro
    Are there any quality melophones made nowdays?
  5. Forte User

    Jan 27, 2008
    Brisbane, Australia
    I marched mellophone the last two years of high school. What a cool sounding horn.
  6. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

    Nov 16, 2009
    Near Portland, OR.
    Red rot is more likely to appear pink that rusty red. What you're seeing is probably regular corrosion, which is nothing to worry about. Take a look at the inside of the tube if you can. If it is smooth, no worries. If it actually is red rot, you'll see bumps protruding inside the tube where the discoloration is located. If you see that, and it resists a regular snake brush/soap water cleaning, time to start using more frequent cleanings and isopropyl alcohol treatment. That will almost certainly stop the progression. Some techs have good tricks against the rot. They can "shave" it off then apply a silver coating that will prevent it from either coming back or spreading. The progression is slow anyway so it's not the end of the World.
  7. BrassKicksArse

    BrassKicksArse New Friend

    Jul 14, 2012
    Thanks everybody, Im glad you guys had some great knowledge to share!!!
  8. Richard Oliver

    Richard Oliver Forte User

    Jul 18, 2006
    Casper, WY
    Over 35 years, I've never had red rot ruin a horn.

    Now that I say that, 10,000 red rotted horns will come out of the woodwork.

    And I've had a horn that had the "symptoms." You could hear none of them.

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