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    Slide Movement

    Just out of curiosity, how does everyone keep their 1st and 3rd valve slides moving quickly? I have been applying valve oil to them to keep them fluid, but I didn't know if there was another method. Thoughts?


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    Re: Slide Movement

    1 Make sure that the tubing is perfectly parallel (a job for your technician)
    2 Make sure that the tubing is perfectly round with no dents etc. (another job for your technician)
    3 Keep the slides spotlessly clean (something you can do for yourself)
    4 Add a drop or two of valve oil to the slide grease.

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    Re: Slide Movement

    Always remove the old grease/oil COMEPLETELY before applying new.
    Renew lubrication once a week to keep the environmental contaminants from causing additional wear!
    Use the right lubrication instead of trying to thin out the wrong stuff. I have a thick grease for the tuning and second slide and a thinner one for the first and third. Valve oil is not optimal for this job.
    Last edited by rowuk; 05-09-2007 at 06:50 AM.
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    Re: Slide Movement

    You have to use them. A lot. Assuming everything is normal on your horns as far as alignment is concerned, using your slides constantly is the only way to keep them slick, along with the usual lubrication of creams, oils, whatever.

    Going up the scale and to VARYING degrees here are the notes I use them on:

    low F#, G, C#, D, E, middle A, C# sometimes, high F, G#, finally, A. Compare that to the mental list of notes you use and you'll see I probably use them a bit more.

    Last edited by Manny Laureano; 05-09-2007 at 08:23 AM.

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