Something I've found about horn lube

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Blind Bruce, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce Pianissimo User

    Apr 17, 2009
    Winnipeg Canada
    While playing around with my Ambassadore cornet, I neglected to pay attention to my new Xeno. When I last played the Xeno, I lubed the valves with Ultrapure and forgot about it for six weeks!:-(
    I pulled it out from the case yesterday and found all pistons stuck.:shock:
    I removed the lower caps and squirted some fresh Ultrapure and let it set for a few seconds. Luckily, they all came loose with no further problems. I cleaned each valve and re lubed and played the horn for about an hour. Seems OK now but it scared me for a moment.
    I guess the precision fit of the pistons in these pro horns may require more attention than the loose valves of my other, older, student level horns.
  2. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

    Mar 21, 2006
    Yamaha horns have just about the tightest fit you can get. They need to never be played without oil, just like any other trumpet.

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