Slotting and silver replate

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SteveRicks, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

    Aug 15, 2009
    Two questions:

    1) What is meant by slotting? I hear comments like "horn slots well." What does it mean?

    2) Many used horns show silverplate wear in just a couple of spots (typical handling spots). Has anyone come up with a way to repair (i.e. replate) these small areas-typically less than an inch without having to send the horn off for a complete replating overhaul? (Seems like one could make a fortune doing this).


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  2. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

    Mar 21, 2006
    Some places can do spot plating with a brush plating setup. Results may not look as nice as a full replate though.
    If you want the protect the brass under the plating, get a bit of clear nail polish and apply it on the worn areas for a decent amount of protection.
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Slotting is a very misunderstood phenomena with the trumpet.

    Generally it is the "feeling" that each note on the horn "locks in" and provides security from cracking.

    What is really happening is MUCH different. It is a combination of the efficiency of the instrument and the ability of the player to hear themselves. If you are into physics, slotting is the "Q" of the resonance. The more resonant each note is, the more secure that we play. Resonance comes with proper horn design and proper playing techniques (breath support and body use)!!!

    It is only a psychological issue for most players as they have no frame of reference for comparison.
  4. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

    Aug 9, 2007
    Levittown , NY
    Slotting is what we used to call centering, if a note is played with a solid centered core [tone] it will carry farther and be easier to play, like a lot of terms we use now,they are just different names used for the same thing, someone will write a book or a trumpet manufacturer will come up with a catchy name for something and it catches on .

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