Sillicone VS Wax

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  1. BrassBandMajor

    BrassBandMajor Fortissimo User

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    I heard Turtle WAX or Carnauba Wax is good for trumpets.
    and Silicone spray too. So does Silicone stay on the horn forever?
    Which choice do YOU prefer?
    PS DOES ANYONE which wax is better? Turtle or Carnauba.
     
  2. Dennis78

    Dennis78 Fortissimo User

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    Turtle wax is carnuba. Silicone is very very slick and just like anything else it will have to be reapplied regularly
     
  3. ChopsGone

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    If you ever acquire a valuable horn, forget those others and get Renaissance Wax Polish. It's about as good as such products ever get. For beaters, it doesn't matter what you use, but silicon does have a nasty habit of being hard to remove if you want to use something else instead.
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Where is the problem of a horn NOT being shiny? Tarnish in the right places proves that it is being used for what it was built for. No wax or silicone on my horns.
     
  5. Tomaso

    Tomaso Pianissimo User

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    I suppose it goes without saying that the OP is asking about raw brass horns.

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  6. trickg

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    Carnauba wax is not a brand, it is a type, and most auto polishes or paste waxes contain carnauba wax.

    With that said, I'm with Rowuk on this one - I've never cared as much about how my horn looked as in how it played and sounded. Who cares how it looks if it's a dog of a horn, or if the player using it can't play for beans?
     
  7. Clarkvinmazz

    Clarkvinmazz Forte User

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    Same here, as long as it's not turning green.
     
  8. SteveRicks

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    Back in the 60s I had a horn come with a can of spray silicone. Was to be used on the lacquer, valves, and slides.
     
  9. fels

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    I play with others who are obsessive about the looks of their horn. Like new cars. I am not in that camp. I buy used Land Cruisers (can't afford the new ones) and drive them like they were intended - like trucks. I have played Strad 37s and now Schilke - i play them -- i don't mind the dings and scuffs. They represent musical life.
     

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