Spitballs for the ole Flugelhorn

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  1. calihorn

    calihorn Pianissimo User

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    I have a Yamaha 631. I push the spitball in as far as I can with the blunt end of a pen or pencil whose diameter is smaller than the leadpipe. I'm careful not to lose the pen or pencil inside the leadpipe by pushing too far. You probably don't really need to push it in that far but I find it is easier to blow for me the farther along I've pushed it in. I then remove the pen or pencil and put in my mouthpiece and blow hard and fast. I also hold one hand in front of the bell to catch the spitball. Works for me!
     
  2. larry newman

    larry newman Piano User

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    Nah...get a horn flush kit and watch the crap come out...don't need to do it all that often.
     
  3. jazzpik

    jazzpik Pianissimo User

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    what flush kit do you recommend for the flugelhorn.
     
  4. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    I use this one.

    Horn Flush | Horn Blaster

    Whichever one you get, make sure you have the right adapter for your faucet.

    FWIW, on my trumpet, I swab the lead pipe once or twice a week, I use spit balls every week or so, I flush the horn ever few months. This keeps my horn spotless.

    The flugel is more challenging. I can swab the mouthpiece receiver, but I really can't swab the lead pipe. Spit balls get stuck in my Getzen Eterna. A snake only goes so far. So for me, the hornflush is more important.

    Mike
     
  5. jazzpik

    jazzpik Pianissimo User

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    thanks Mike and everyone. It is just a guess but I expect perhaps spitballs working in some flugelhorns and not others may have something to do with the bore size. The 460 bore flugels may be large enough to allow spitballs to pass while smaller bore like 413 may catch them. Just a supposition not scientific but makes sense. Thanks everyone.
     
  6. gmonady

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    Not sure cutting it in half would work as the Getzen Eterna mentioned by TrumpetMD is a rather large bore flugel, on the level of medium to large bore trumpets.
     
  7. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    I thought I detected the taste of tidy-bowl when I played your horn last month.:-P
     
  8. TrumpetMD

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    Hmmm. That wasn't Tidy-Bowl. I only use Drano. ;-)

    Mike
     
  9. jazzpik

    jazzpik Pianissimo User

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    hum......did you mean "Tidy Bowl"? As "Tidy Bowel" would fall under the category of medications like Ducolax. Etc.
     
  10. TrumpetMD

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    "Tidy Bowel". Great name for a laxative. What do think Gary? Should we trademark it? ;-)

    Mike
     

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