Valves, Body Chemistry or Bad Habits

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  1. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

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    Before I learned proper dental hygiene, I cleaned out my trumpet with detergent, warm water, and a tubing brush about once a month, because it needed it. Now that I brush and floss at least twice a day (usually planning this with whenever I'm ready to pick up my horn), I have yet to brush out any of my horns. I lube the valves before use, and I periodically check the inside of the tubing with a flashlight to monitor any discoloration, buildup, or corrosion. There isn't any. I use Herco Spit Balls once a week, and this, combined with dental care, has kept the insides of my horns absolutely clean.
     
  2. Comeback

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    Fine informative thread, Patrick! Thank you for starting it.
    Jim
     
  3. gmonady

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    Simple. You have great horns and you take good care of them.
     
  4. gmonady

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    That must hurt like hell. Do you use them before or after flossing?
     
  5. gmonady

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    I find that isopropyl alcohol achieves this as well, plus gives you disinfectant properties.
     
  6. gmonady

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    I am betting if you take Mrs Seth into the shower too, that old-fashioned look will turn into a new-passion look (with or without the trumpet).
     
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  7. limepickle

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    I don't know about your friends, but many players (even advanced) are pretty careless with the way they finger.
    They'll have really flat fingers, and sometimes they even eat a ton of food or drinks like you've suggested. Believe it or not,
    when Wayne Bergeron was in the middle of a set with my band back in high school, he was in the back room having
    quite a bit of sugary foods. But I guess he could afford it, or maybe he made up for it with a lot of cleaning. I have
    very acidic body chemistry, but it has never affected the valves. Like you, valves have not really been an issue for
    me throughout my playing career. I could not imagine someone being routinely so harsh as to actually bend the
    valve casings on multiple horns, but that I guess is a possibility with people that are careless with throwing their horn around
    on gigs.
     
  8. J. Jericho

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    I put them in my mouth, and then shoot them out my nose. Clears the sinuses. Makes circular breathing easier.
     
  9. fels

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    I think some valves are just better. Bach Strad 37 - few issues over 35 years. Courtois Flugel - ultra pure every day.
     
  10. Clarkvinmazz

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    I have to agree with this. Bach valves are pretty bullet proof. But the older instrument makers just didn't know how to do it as well. Simple as that. It's like a bmw 3 series compared to an old MG. The 2.5 liter straight six will run forever. The wood burning stove in the MG will not! ROFL
     

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