Snake with orange balls

Discussion in 'Mouthpieces / Mutes / Other' started by RichN, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. RichN

    RichN Pianissimo User

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    Cross-post from brass-forum.co.uk so apologies if you've already read it there.
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    This is a slightly embarassing question and I really should know better. I need to get a bore cleaning 'snake' for my Strad and someone's recemmended one to me that 'looks like it has orange balls at the ends rather than brushes'. Anyone know what he's talking about? And does it really matter what type of snake I get?

    Told you it was a bit embarassing.

    Rich.
     
  2. Happy Canuck

    Happy Canuck Piano User

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  3. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    I think what they are referring to is the REKA set. I got one of these when Leigh sent my Eclipse. They are required because of the lack of a tuning slide on the leadpipe which makes use of a regular "snake" impossible. With the Eclipse design you have to feed the snake in via the leadpipe opening in the 3rd valve casing. Anyway... here's a link.

    http://www.music123.com/REKA-Cleaning-Sets-for-Trumpet-Cornet-i99176.music

    This system is pretty good but you do have to take care that you keep the foam balls relatively clean or they will build up a lot of black "gunge"...oil etc. and start to deteriorate.
     
  4. Mikey

    Mikey Forte User

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    I'm not going to even touch this one...............

    :oops:
     
  5. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    Thank goodness for that! :?
     
  6. CalicchioMan

    CalicchioMan Pianissimo User

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    The subject line is/was somewhat disturbing :) :twisted:
     
  7. RichN

    RichN Pianissimo User

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    So how else would I get people to actually read a post about cleaning brushes. Besides, that title was a gift given the subject!

    Ed - you were right. I knew I'd seen one somewhere, I now remember it was at Eclipse, except I think Leigh's are special extra-long ones (!). Already ordered one.

    Everyone please forgive this thread. Has to be one of the most dull ever. Probably about time it stopped.

    Rich.
     
  8. Mikey

    Mikey Forte User

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    Rich, no need to apologise! :-)

    Just what was needed to liven up my dull day.



    Glad to hear you were able to find your snake............


    Mike
     
  9. Kanstul-Krazy

    Kanstul-Krazy New Friend

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    Another nice alternative device is the H.W. Brass Saver!
    There are no metalic parts on it at all, so nothinng can scratch you horn.

    http://www.padsaver.com/BrassPage.html#

    This gagget REALLY works great!
     
  10. dcstep

    dcstep Mezzo Piano User

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    I'll also cast a vote for the Brasssaver. It's wonderful for the slides, leadpipe and valve casings, with no fear of scratching the interior.

    Dave
     

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