I have been searching the forums for discussion topics concerning trumpet valve alignment, and what the typical symptoms are of a trumpt that needs to have its valves re-aligned. I haven't found any answer(s) yet.
My trumpet (Getzen 300 Series Bb) is approaching 30yrs old. I bought it new and played it for 2.5 years back in the mid-late 80's and then it sat in the box for 25yrs during my trumpet playing "sabbatical". I started my comback just under 2 yrs ago and have been playing it regularly since then.
While my embouchre has been steadily improving during my comeback, my range is still not where is was when I quit palying all those years ago. It seems that notes within the staff can be played with (relative) "ease", but any notes above the G on the top of the staff do not play as easily/open as the lower notes. In my early days of playing this particular instrument, I don't recall that being the case. Of course, and I'll be the first to admit it, the 25yr break definitely did a number on my embouchre! So, I suspect that is a large contributor to my problem. However, on a whim I decided to check the #2 valve alignment (when depressed)...the valve...not me! and noticed that it was noticeably off (i.e. moving approx 1/32-1/16 past the tube opening.) An inspection of the felt beneath the finger buttons revealed a noticeably compressed/crushed felt, which would explain a large portion of the (valve depressed) misalignment.
It seems to me that as a minimum I should consider replacing the felt(s) in all 3 valves, but I was also wondering if there are any documented symptoms/trumpet playing difficulties associated with an instrument that had (vertically) misaligned valves? Perhaps some of the difficulites I have been experiencing during my efforts to reacquire my range might be a result of the deteriorated valve alignment on my "old" trumpet? Wishfull thinking perhaps...
The Getzen 300 seies is a bottom of the line student trumpet and, for sure, I could stand to upgrade to a better instrument. I definitely plan to do so, but until I can play the Getzen as well as I could before I quit, I am having a hard time justifying a new instrument. I'm not there yet, but working hard to get a lot closer. I am hoping a valve felt overhaul on the Getzen might accelerate the process
Many thanks for your time and help.
Fort Worth, TX