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

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    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

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    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

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    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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