Last edited by hup_d_dup; 04-18-2011 at 10:01 AM.
The sound of the horn clanking against the sink is a clue regarding respect towards the instrument.
I really don't like the fact that he uses a small tub and has the bell leaning on the side as he does it.
Use a large sink or the bath tub!!
Dumb, dumb, dumb!
The Willard of Oz
"Don't be afraid to see what you see."
Plumber. "If that doesn't do the trick, soak it in Drano overnight."
Trumpets are for extroverts - Lee Morgan
Bach Stradivarius 43* (1974), Bach 3C Mouthpiece.
Getzen 896 Eterna Flugelhorn (1974), Curry 3FL Mouthpiece.
Plus a few other Bach, Getzen, Olds, Carol, and Besson horns.
I don't know. I've seen really good trumpet techs do things that would stand my hair on end.
I also use a square plastic bucket to clean my horn.
After a few cleanings, the valves will be so loose you won't ever need to buy valve oil again! Brilliant!!
1952 Holton Revelation 48 w/ Stork Studio Master VM, Wick 4
1975 Bach Stradivarius 182 "flugelhorn", Bach 7fl
1930 Holton Llewellyn, Heim 1
1990 Bach Stradivarius 180 with 37 bell, 7 leadpipe, Wick 4
Early 1900s Jaubert Eb peckhorn, cheap Lyle mp
Early '60s Getzen Super Deluxe Tone Balanced Copra Temp
Olds Ambassador cornet in pieces.
I used toothpaste on my valves once. Lotta dirty oil came off and I had that minty green freshness all thru my next gig.
Since I'm also a certified Master Watchmaker I dunk my horns in the ol' ultrasonic cleaner every month and watch the crud just fly off.
Not with my horn or my money.
Think about it, valves are generally made well at the factory (for the brands of horns that interest TMers anyway). Starting from the first day, the valves wear minutely, making them looser. In many cases, after the break in period, they are optimally fast. With proper care, you can get 10-20 years use before having to replate.
If the valves are NOT properly cared for, even more wears out. Why on earth would we want to remove even more?
If there are deposits of anything on the valve, acetone will remove them without damaging the horn. Stains do not affect the functionality of the valve, so there is no reason to grind anything off.
Lapping compounds are there to originally fit the valve, or to work it back in to the casing after a replating. Unfortunately, the casing wears too and you can't replate that.
Horns respond better in every way when the valves are tight.
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
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