Did you ever notice there is less "gurgle" if you play with your trumpet / cornet at a small upward angle? Then too, if you are really pushing the air it spreads throughout the instrument and drips from the bell as you play. Swab, swab, swab it all.
I use a small box with some paper towels in it for home playing.
Jupiter 416 Pocket Trumpet
2013 Corneta Traspositor C/Db
'32 Conn 40B Vocabell
'32 Selmer Louis Armstrong Special
'50 Blessing Super Artist
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At home I just water the plants.
At church I keep a small cloth nearby.
46 F.E. Olds Super cornet
35 C.G. Conn Director cornet
Good question, Doc ...
I never actually thought about it, when I was playing trumpet, until I built the shed and installed the fake hardwood floor. THEN it occurred to me ... SPIT on my new fake cherry wood floor??? I think not.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Trumpets are for extroverts - Lee Morgan
I dunno if you noticed but she has leaky valves ?
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1929 Holton model 48
1940 22B Conn NYS late model
1956 18B Conn Director Coprion
1967 15B Conn Director (my first)
I was a little concerned at first until I realised that this is the tail end of the Christmas season and there would probably be some holly decorating the churches, so topping up the water keeping the holly fresh would make sense. Does diluting the holy water, if as indeed the good doctor might have intended to write, also dilute it's efficacy? If not, then perhaps little harm done...
Here's how I do it:
I open my spit valve and blow. Then I pull off my third valve slide and dump it. Then I pull off my first valve slide, tip the horn up, and holding combinations of valves 1 & 2, I blow the excess water out of the valve block.
My thought is that it's a brass instrument - part of playing it is having to deal with condensation that builds up in the horn and needs to be emptied. In 90% of the venues and situations I've been in, I've simply dumped the water. For the remainder - rehearsals in a home where the carpet matters, or for quintet gigs where it might come off as unseemly to just dump it, emptying out onto a small town folded and placed there for that purpose seems to be a decent way to go.
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"At my signal, unleash hell."
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