Snakes good or bad?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Satchmo Brecker, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Satchmo Brecker

    Satchmo Brecker Piano User

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    I have one of those cheap cleaner snakes. Seems like it'd be way too abrasive for the tubing, but I haven't seen any alternatives. Thoughts?
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    clean is always better. Just be careful around the valves.

    The brushes are not harder than brass but the snake is steel and could damage a valve port if used with brute force.

    If it was my money, I would buy a snake that has a plastic covering.
     
  3. Wondra

    Wondra Pianissimo User

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    Try HW Brass Saver brushes - no metal to worry about - the line attached to the "snake" brush is durable plastic. I've used them for years with great results. While you can find them via several retailers, here is a link to the product at Trent Austin's shop: HW Brass saver for Trumpet - Austin Custom Brass Web Store
     
  4. tedh1951

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    There's a nice little plastic tape snake that comes with the service kits provided by Ultra Pure - oil, slide grease x 2, snake and some other stuff - oh polishing cloth, valve and mouthpiece brushes - the full kit for all your trumpetting needs. All that's missing is a trumpet and a box of confidence which is BFE.
     
  5. SteveRicks

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    Yes, plastic is better in my opinion. I too have always wondered about the metal ones, of which I have several. Seems like too much exposed metal and too few brushes.
     
  6. TrumpetMD

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    +1

    Over the years, I've collected a few of those metal snakes, some with plastic coating. But I just don't trust them, and worry about scratches.

    I also use the H.W. Brass Saver brushes. They are all plastic, and pretty much can reach anywhere a snake can, and then some. This, plus a plastic-coated mouthpiece brush and a leadpipe swab, are all I need to clean my horns.

    Mike
     
  7. tobylou8

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    I use both( HW brassaver and generic plastic coated snake) on my horns. The plastic coated snake gets used in the leadpipe only. I get good back and forth motion to be sure it's all clean. the HW brassaver gets used everywhere else. The casing brush with the HW kit is very good also.:thumbsup:
     
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