Spit ball conundrum

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  1. Churchman

    Churchman Mezzo Piano User

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    Never used spit balls before. They do a remarkable job, BUT...

    It is interesting to see where they 'stick' in the horn. In one (Courtois) it was the third valve where it needed even more of a puff, whereas with the Conn it was the first valve. Is this indicative of anything?
     
  2. trickg

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    Yes, its indicative that the horns are different - there could be half a dozen reasons for the extra sticking.
     
  3. LaTrompeta

    LaTrompeta Forte User

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    What? Am I missing something?
     
  4. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

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    So the spitballs go completely through the horn? I thought they were used just in sections. And they actually work? Hmm.
     
  5. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    I have used them before w/o any problems. BLOW harder!!
     
  6. larry newman

    larry newman Piano User

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    .eeeh....they work, a bit. Get a horn flush kit and watch the junk come out...
     
  7. kehaulani

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    Larry, once when I was in high school, I decided to really flush out and scrub my horn. My range dropped a fifth! =:-0
    (I swore never to do that again.)
     
  8. Churchman

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    Yes, they go right through. Though as I said, there was a slight catchy point with each horn. My old Thomas Reynolds, even narrow bore as it is, had a couple of catchy points at first and third valve, (other way round of course), but with a gentle twiddle of the valve, followed by a renewed effort ("blow harder" indeed) they went right through. When I found them again (before the dog investigated) the dirt they brought out of all the horns made it (IMHO) worth doing.
     
  9. JRgroove

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    They seem to work well. Real easy to use.
     
  10. tedh1951

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    They work well after a flush through with Isopropyl alcohol - I "spit" them into the bathroom basin, and even though my instruments are usually pretty clean, they do carry a fair bit of gunk with them. I use them between major cleanings.
     

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