Greetings! I have a few questions, if any one can offer help...I would so appreciate it. I have various instrument escapades going, and one is that a few years ago I bought (in complete ignorance at the time) a damaged cornet in a fea market type store. I certainly thought it was easily fixable. GRIN
Well, it turns out, no.
It looked like it had fallen or something had fallen on it. However, the tubing was overall in great shape, it just looked like it needed a little flexing back and resolder a few places. Done. Well, I did not pay much for it. It ended up resting in the storage area for all this time.
Now that I have learned so much more, I retrieved it, and gave it another glance. Would you believe that a Conn 4 mouthpiece is frozen on it? Grin.
Anyway, I have been actively trying to unfreeze that and two other frozen areas. And I did get a slide off!!! Thus far anyway.
I took it in to get an estimate. And to be honest, contrary to what others say online about such a repair, my quote was about five times as much as for what I paid for it. I could easily just buy another one at auction and have a case to boot. But there is something about this cornet that I really like. The valves seem to be RIGHT ON. Just totally centered and working extraoridinarily without oil even. (Currently everything is disassembled as far as I can, right now though.)
Thereby, I do have someone who is a type of fix it person and is willing to look at it. But if all else fails, I too know that I am capable of certain things as well, and I want to ask any of you. Is there a special tool that can be used to grab round tubing in order to put equal pressure around it? I want to know if such a device exists. I do not know about a tool like this, but if anyone can contribute to this idea, I would greatly appreciate it. As you can see, it is either home remedy or forget it stuff here. I just think it would be cool to try anyway, that is, getting it to function again. I really don't care how it looks so much as getting it to work again--would be great in my opinion. I also can solder this myself. It is not a bad solder fix required if the tubing can be straightened out--which is just a quick fix in my opinion if I can find the right tool to work it carefully. I have a sensitive touch, I believe, to do something like this actually. I just need a little counsel. I do know from watching shows on tv that people actually freeze water inside the tubing first to bend it and all that, which does give me ideas, but actually in this piece of tubing, since I got it disassembled it just needs shorter pieces tweaked.
Okay, I have rambled officially. Any advice for the do-it-yourselfer at this point? Also, advice to "NOT DO IT" is silly at this point. I am a risk taker.Thanks.