Soldering Clamps for Trumpet repair...

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Osren, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Osren

    Osren Mezzo Forte User

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    Where does one FIND Soldering Clamps for Trumpet repair??

    something like this:
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    or these

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    let me know if you have any suggestions for me... ;)
     
  2. dBeav

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  3. stumac

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    Buy a small roll of tie wire of a suitable thickness from a hardware shop and make your own, it is not difficult. I have made most of my own repair tools.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  4. Vulgano Brother

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    Jigs are a cheap and dirty way to force parts together but can add a huge amount of tension to the instrument. It is not uncommon for the owners of Bach trumpets to have the braces unsoldered, then re-soldered using the weight of the instrument to hold things in place while soldering. If using a jig, please use as little force as possible.

    I had an incident involving my Scherzer piccolo, a wine cork and a wooden spoon that resulted in popping of the final bell brace, and the bell sprung out at around 15 more degrees. I left it at that angle, had another brace gently added and was amazed at how much more open the horn was.
     
  5. trumpetsplus

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    The clamps pictured exert almost zero force and are very appropriate for the task.
     
  6. Vulgano Brother

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    Agreed. They act like burn-proof fingers to hold parts in place. I'm just not crazy about jigs that force things in place.
     
  7. Osren

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    Thanx all... not sure HOW I missed them on Ferree's.... duh! (thanx dBeav)

    Vulgano and Ivan have it right, I don't really want to add pressure, I just want "burn-proof" fingers ;)

    and thanx Stumac for the thought of making my own... I might do that, but Ferree's has them pretty darn cheap. ;)

    I always appreciate advice from those that actually do this stuff on a regular basis...
     
  8. Sethoflagos

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    The forces at play in heated tubing are not to be underestimated. Sliding supports are good; fixed anchor points can spoil your day..

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  9. gzent

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    Where did this idea come from that clamps are a bad thing?

    You don't want space between the brace and the pipe, you want everything to fit snug before soldering.

    Ivan, am I missing something?
     
  10. dBeav

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    I think what he was talking about was forcing a piece into position using a clamp or jig and then soldering in place to hold it there as opposed to making the pieces fit correctly first.
     

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