someone is selling a yamaha trumpet with a broken valve...what does that mean?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by saxophonist56, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. saxophonist56

    saxophonist56 Piano User

    Apr 12, 2013
    modesto ca 95350
    it's a xeno with a broken valve. someone looked at it and said it needs a spring kit. any idea what may be going on? i haven't seen the trumpet yet. the trumpet externally looks mint. a broken spring?

    omg the trumpet was a basket case........might have been run over or stepped on. live and learn
  2. musicalmason

    musicalmason Forte User

    Dec 14, 2003
    When a valve is broken, it is very rarely the spring to blame. I would advise against buying any horn with valve issues sight unseen unless it was priced cheap enough to cover the worst case option of needing a complete valve rebuild.
  3. mgcoleman

    mgcoleman Mezzo Forte User

    Jun 22, 2010
    If you get the opportunity to physically inspect it, take the pragmatic approach of disassembling the broken valve and a working valve. Swap out whatever appears to be in a non-working status (spring, etc.) and reassemble the non-working valve into the casing. If it then works, you have a reasonable level of confirmation a spring kit might be all it needs.

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