Where can I buy tubing?

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  1. BobnBuckingham

    BobnBuckingham Pianissimo User

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    I need to make some sleeves for the 1st/2nd?/3rd valve tuning crooks to convert an old Hi Pitch horn to Low Pitch so it can be used conveniently. Thus I’d like to buy a foot or so (more than enough) of brass tubing, measuring .459 i.d. (I verified this by inserting the tuning crook into the tuning crook of my .459 Olds Ambassador—fit nicely, snug, but “just right”.
    I’ve done a search of general metals product companies, but don’t come up with anything closer than .472, which is too large. I also tried several old ‘beater’ horns I’ve got hanging around, but they were all too small, and I don’t want to cannibalize my Ambassador to do this. Enough horns have been (and continue to be) made with .459 bore that this product has to exist. Where can it be purchased? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

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    K & S Precision metals make a range of sizes in both fractional and metric in 12"/300MM lengths, I have used successfully.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  3. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Any tech can source this tubing. If you like to email me exactly what you want (Brass/Nickel Silver), and what your address is, I will sell you some.
     
  4. BobnBuckingham

    BobnBuckingham Pianissimo User

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    Many thanks!
     
  5. BobnBuckingham

    BobnBuckingham Pianissimo User

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    Thank you. I’ll send a private message with the specifics.
     
  6. Evie

    Evie Pianissimo User

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    A bit OT, but apparently Clark Terry wanted to play the trumpet so badly when he was a kid, he made one himself. His neighbours then bought him a real one. :laughwave:
     
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  7. adc

    adc Mezzo Forte User

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    You won't need to do anything to the 1st 2nd and 3rd slide. Just the tuning slide. About 3 to 4 inches on each end. You will pull out the First slide about 1/2" , second about 1/16" and third about 7/8"
     
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  8. trumpetsplus

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    Please check your math. A 3 to 4 inch extension will take a Bb horn down approximately a whole step. High to low pitch is less than a half step.
     
  9. Brekelefuw

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    Votaw tool sells lengths of trumpet tubing to anyone.
     
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  10. jimc

    jimc Mezzo Forte User

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    My silver York double-bell euphonium was converted from high pitch by the addition of nickel-silver extenders in each slide leg. It takes 2 diameters of tubing to make one of these, same as a tuning slide.
     

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