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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetsplus, Sep 9, 2014.
Really bad place to have it happen. Student horn=terminal
So, it sounds like this could have been avoided simply by emptying the instrument of moisture before putting it in the case, every time. Pulling the tuning slide and turning it over, basically. Is it that simple?
The condensate that forms particularly from warm breath in a cold horn, is pretty pure water. This quickly picks up CO2 from your breath and turns quite acidic. It may only be a thin film that does the damage over the years and this won't 'pour out'.
Tap water is effectively a weak solution of calcium bicarbonate which can neutralise the acid. Better to rinse with that after playing, then blow through with a hair dryer.
Oh, should I start bringing a hairdryer to rehearsals, then? =)
Jokes aside, most players I know do nothing except empty through the spit valves before "casing" the horn. Still I've never seen red rot in person. Does it depend on climate, or some other environmental circumstance?
Lagos is year-round hot and humid, which generally accelerates most corrosion reactions, and I've yet to see it with any of mine. The Yamaha which has been with me 10 years out here has a relatively high copper leadpipe so I wouldn't expect to see red rot on that anyway.
Looking at Ivan's example where rot is concentrated on joints and knuckles, I'm wondering whether high residual stresses post-brazing didn't contribute. Couple this with eg. bad breath (hydrogen sulphide) and that opens the door to a bunch of stress corrosion mechanisms that could let the dreaded rot in.
Edit: I really am old enough to know I should check my facts before I post BS off the top of my head. The bad boy for stress corrosion cracking of brasses is of course ammonia, which can reduce the fracture toughness of unannealed brass by a factor of 200+. So never lay a trumpet down near the kitty litter tray
I flush with the shower head removed from the hose and said hose stuck down the bell. BE SURE ALL SLIDES ARE SECURED TO THE HORN OR YOU'LL HEAR THIS POPPING SOUND FOLLOWED BY THE SOUND OF METAL ON TILE!!!! My regular players are always clean (unlike the Borg I cleaned for a friend last week, GROSS!!!).
Pffft! Student horn = JB Weld!
Holton 602 type, maybe with Yamaha valves owing to the casing shape and caps [many of the 602s with Yamaha parts had Japan on the second valve, but many did not]
I hope that they didn't pay $150 on eBay for it...............