Good day, all!
I have just joined.
I have a Bach Strad from middle 70s. Wonderful sound. Played it for 5 years through university and then it sat for most of the next 31 years, occasionally used for demonstrating to students. I retired, picked it up and started practicing about a year ago. Play 1-2 hours a day in various groups/practicing. I began to notice a 2nd valve issue, sticking occasionally. Spent a little time figuring out what caused this. Turns out when I press valve down but with a slight push (and I mean slight) toward the bell, instead of straight up and down, it slows coming up. If the push is toward mouthpiece it is fine, which I guess I donít do.
Took it to a very well known brass specialist in a big city near me. He did a thorough cleaning, removing dents etc ($300). No change, but stupid me forgot to tell him about the sticking valve. Took it back and showed him exactly how it was sticking. Not a mechanical type, but he talked about aligning. Not sure what he did. It is actually worse now. I am going back again with the horn late next week.
The second valve sticking issue has been going on for over a year, through many personal cleanings and two tech repairs. It also includes the use of many common types of thin and thick oil. Nothing seems to work.
Any ideas where he/I might go from here??