Sticky Valves but no valve oil....?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Rainiac, May 17, 2009.

  1. Rainiac

    Rainiac New Friend

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    Earth. For sure.
    :play: What else that I have at home could I try? I don't have experience enough to be dumping greasy things at random in there, but I do need to practice, so I have a small dilemma on my hands...any suggestions? :dontknow:
     
  2. ChopsGone

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    An hour or so of mouthpiece buzzing might be good. As an alternative, Conn long ago used to suggest using nothing but saliva to lubricate pistons. I still think they were wrong.
     
  3. lmf

    lmf Forte User

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    Any reason you can't obtain valve oil?
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Rainiac,
    you wouldn't drive a car without oil, so there is NO excuse to play a trumpet that way either.
    My grandfather spit on his valves and the wear proves that that was not a good thing to do.
    Valve oil is specially mixed to limit toxicity (you do inhale when playing..........) bind moisture from your breath and flush the sludge out. There are no "home brews" that can claim this. Keeping the valves fast and protected without risking health issues is enough reason not to cut corners here.
     

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