Stuck slides! Help

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by scapgf, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. scapgf

    scapgf New Friend

    Jul 25, 2005
    In the process of revamping an old horn I have I found that I can only remove the tuning slides. Every other slide is absolutely stuck. Are there any methods you guys suggest for removing them safely?

    Should I try rubbing Ice-cubes on the stuck areas in an attempt to let the metal contract a little? Help!
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    Take the horn to your local pro shop!
    You will do nothing but damage the horn if you try yourself.
    I would laeve home remedies to the common cold.

  3. scapgf

    scapgf New Friend

    Jul 25, 2005
    Well, too late! I was left to my own devices :-o

    I remembered the trick of taking a fairly thick towel and looping it between the slides and SLOWLY and CAREFULLY pull while gently massaging back and forth. Basically once the initial movement forward is made its all gravy from there.

    Now that I have removed all slides I have noticed a decent amount of buildup of grime that I would like to remove before greasing it up again and getting set to play. Is there any easy way to get out the gunk other than with luke-warm water and the snake brush?

    Would it be a horrible idea to maybe use a small mix of water and liquid Dawn or something to that effect?
  4. butxifxnot

    butxifxnot Pianissimo User

    Jul 10, 2004
    Maybe you should wait for confirmation of my word, but soaking in warm water for a while can get the worst of grime off of pretty much anything. I don't know about soap, but I use a little (in combination with the warm water).
  5. scapgf

    scapgf New Friend

    Jul 25, 2005
    Thanks, I let it soak in luke-warm water for about an hour, then I gave it a solid scrub with the snake-brush, then I re-soaked for 20 minutes and added a dab of dishwasing soap, scrubbed, rinsed, re-rinsed, and re-assembled without any problems.

    Now all of the slides move easily without much force!
  6. mike ansberry

    mike ansberry Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Clarksville, Tennessee, U
    I have been a repair technician full time for a few years and part time for the last 20 or so. I have a dip tank in the garage, and that is what I'd do. Since you don't, you probably should take it to a shop that can dip it. Having said that, I've been wondering what a product like CLR or some other calcium eating cleaner would do. I suspect that it would strip a lot of the gunk out, but I'd hesitate to try it on a horn that I didn't want to risk damaging.
  7. scapgf

    scapgf New Friend

    Jul 25, 2005
    Hey Mike

    Can you check out my thread in General Discussion asking about a specific component of the pistons? It would be a big help!

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