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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by limbo, Aug 18, 2008.
a little more info would be helpful. What is the finish on the horn? Is it raw brass, lacquer, sliver plate, gold plate, etc. That will determine the best way to treat it.
A soft cloth.
In your initial post you said you have a Yamaha TR4335GS, which is silver plate. You can buff the water marks off with a soft cloth like cotton flannel, by breathing on the spots to fog them like one does with eyeglasses. Stubborn ones might like a polish - flitz is a polish impregnated cloth, so no mess - just a little gentle rubbing.
Next time you wash your horn find an old soft towel and wipe it down afterwards. You can twist the towel into a cone and push it into the bell and twist it back and forth.
Waterspots will not change the way it plays, only its appearance. How it looks is not as important as how it sounds. So any extra energy should go towards practice.
Give your instrument another wash in clean water and dry it thoroughly. Practice in soft cotton gloves and give the trumpet a rub down with the gloves still on - then put it back in the case. Now remove your gloves - works for my silverplated, goldplated and lacquered instruments, and many other players have commented how shiney my trumpets always are.
Chris Cook, the second player and myself had some "ugly trumpet contests" in our symphony, waiting to be the last to shine up our unlaquered horns, and they can get pretty ugly over time! The idea was that the way a trumpet sounded is much more important than how it looks, and if it looks ugly, it must play good. (Kinda the same approach to some girlfriends!)
With Doc Severinsen as a role model (he shoots the spit out the bell by blowing) those water marks in the bell can be a badge of honor!
By all means, please spend more time playing your instrument than polishing it!
A bit gross VB - I'm into shiney.
there was very likely limesone in your water so just put it water again and the wipe it off well