Bb cornet: 2012 Getzen 3850 Custom (copper bell)
Bb trumpets: 1980 Bach Strad 37
Euphonium: Jupiter Capital Edition 460
Eastern Iowa Brass Band
"Practice, not procurement, is the secret." -- me
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
Best gizmo I found for giving a trumpet a bath...is a long, rectangular plastic window flower pot (like would go out on a deck). IF it has holes in the bottom...epoxy or silicon to seal them. But its a bit longer than any trumpet...is about 7-8 inches deep and allows the horn to just rest in the bath and soak...nothing to ding the horn or scratch it. cheap, but very effective. - dizzyizzy
As a side note, he also showed us how to work creases back to shape using a drum stick (sort of like a rolling pin). I actually had to do that a few years later to my brand new Olds Special after I bent the bell when I whacked the corner of my case reaching for valve oil.
I doubt many band teachers teach that stuff any more.
Too, I was extremely lucky to have an available tech who was 4F classified and unable to be drafted into the armed services. We then pulled Fuller brushes on cords through our instruments, but it was difficult to thread the cord.
Post construction valves shouldn't need lapping, but I have worked dry valves (fingering 0-123 while watching professional wrestling on TV) on new horns.
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
I use the H.W. Brass Saver brushes to swab my valve casings.
H.W. Brass Saver Cleaning Brushes | WWBW
I also have some smaller microfiber cloths, that I purchased in bulk, which I use to swab my valve casings.
Bach Stradivarius 43* (1974), Bach 3C Mouthpiece.
Getzen 896 Eterna Flugelhorn (1974), Curry 3FL Mouthpiece.
Plus a few other Bach, Getzen, Olds, Carol, and Besson horns.
Nice horn in that link above, what kind is it?
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