I thought everyone would be happy to know that we got it fixed, good as new. $45 though, ouch. The best part was, my wife was going to Springfield so she got the scolding from the tech.
Happy Valentine's Day Mrs. duderubble!
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
Well, at least it wasn't a $100 repair bill like A.N.A. Mendez posted earlier...
I love this story. Don't feel bad I'm sure there are many of us on this forum who have done worse. My nearest tech is 5 hours away. I have attempted some very repairs over the years that have not only made the problem worse but created additional problems.
Perhaps this would be a good time for others to indulge in some therapy and fess up to their own stuff ups.
One time, while cleaning a tuba a valve rolled off my work bench, which is 41/2 feet high and bounced onto the cement floor. I panicked when I saw the valve falling and made a grab for the valve. In the process I bumped a hammer that was hanging up bad it fell on the valve casing creating a dent. I was too embarrassed to own up to this botched cleaning job and tried to repair the damage myself. My repairs were worse than the original fiasco. They involved using wet& dry sandpaper, make specif tools out of wood to straighten the valve casing, modifying a piston honing tool and using a lathe. The results were not pretty.
I don't repair anything anymore. I send them to an instrument repairer who I have purchased my last 2 horns from. I have admitted defeat and have accepted that my level of enthusiasm to repair an instrument is not matched by level of expertise
I rule a dividing line between my "good" horns and project horns. There are a few things that separate we mortals from real brass techs. The skills, specialist tools and maybe most important, experience and judgement don't come easy.
I don't molest my good horns, although it can be painful finding a good tech who can do work in a timely fashion. I found a good one last year, but he's quit and I haven't found if and where he's re-surfaced,
In the meantime, there's a lump of stainless steel bar in my lathe which will become my first set of dent balls.
Be afraid... be very afraid...
...Dreaming of when I can have delusions of adequacy...
Olds Recording '73, Studio '48, Super '47, French Model 38/39, Ambassador '76, Ambassador Cornet '64
Reynolds Contempora LB '49-ish
Conn 22B '37, Frank Holton (early - '23?) "Patent Applied For"
Carol Brass Legend Heavyweight
plus various projects, whims and follies
I think I was deluded by my success with a DOA euphonium I bopught for $30 on ebay. I was able to unstick all four slides and the mouthpiece, replace all the valve springs, caps and felts even managed to reshape a modern spit valve lever for a 1920's horn. Of course I took the dent work and re-soldering the leadpipe to the tech. Here's the crazy thing. Same tech and a butt load of dents and a mangled and loose leadpipe cost less than the threads on the trumpet. The euphonium turned out great.
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