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    Valve trouble

    I picked up my Benge Leonore 90 trumpet about 6 weeks ago after 15 years. I have been playing every day for about 30-60 minutes. I gently cleaned the valves and casings out when I started, but they have been variable in their response. 2 of the valves are sluggish, and the 2nd valve makes a loud clicking sound. Any suggestions?

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    Moderator Utimate User rowuk's Avatar
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    Re: Valve trouble

    A loud clicking noise can have 2 reasons: the valve cap is not firmly screwed tight, or the felts have disintegrated or at least compressed so that metal to metal contact is possible. Not any felts will do. They have to have a specific height to get the valves into alignment.

    As far as sluggish goes: old, dried out valve oil needs to be removed with something stronger than "gentle" cleaning. I use denatured alcohol and a stiff nylon brush to scrub the valve casings out and the same with an old toothbrush for the valves thmselves!.
    Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

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    Re: Valve trouble

    Valve problems on a Benge????

    You're KIDDING!!!!

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