Buescher Lightweight 400
Other Buescher horns 1939--1955
Al Cass 1-28 mouthpiece
Humes and Berg mutes
Whenever feasable, in the acquisition of a preowned brass instrument, I do recommend that such be first ultrasonically cleaned by a competent musical repair technician.
That said, if one cleans their own, there are does and don'ts one should know. Essential, is not to get the felts and corks of your valves wet! Another is to use only a cleaning snake that has a resin cover.
Keep valves in same sequence that you removed them. I set them in three clear glasses filled with detergent only to the level of the valve but below the felts and corks.
Dawn brand dishwashing detergent is what I use to give my dissassembled intrument a bath in warm, but with water not hotter than would be used to give an infant a bath but let it soak for up to an hour before brushing with the cleaning snake or wiping with microfiber rags. Rinse in clear water at least twice and then again with 91% isopropryl alcohol (the germ killer, per Dr. G.M. Onady, M.D.)
As you re-assemble, lubricate with valve oil and slide greases.
You could always remove the corks & felts. My horn doesn't actually have any corks (there are six felts, two on each valve with one inside and one outside), but as long as you have a gentle, steady hand, the corks will come off.
Just make sure you know where to get replacements if you try it.
I got it I got it I got it! I will post pics in Vintage soon. :) already updated my signature. Needs lubrication.
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