Last edited by limbo; 07-24-2011 at 03:01 PM.
1959 Holton Super Collegiate Trumpet
1960 Holton Super Collegiate Cornet
2008 Barrington Trumpet
In your initial post you said you have a Yamaha TR4335GS, which is silver plate. You can buff the water marks off with a soft cloth like cotton flannel, by breathing on the spots to fog them like one does with eyeglasses. Stubborn ones might like a polish - flitz is a polish impregnated cloth, so no mess - just a little gentle rubbing.
Next time you wash your horn find an old soft towel and wipe it down afterwards. You can twist the towel into a cone and push it into the bell and twist it back and forth.
Waterspots will not change the way it plays, only its appearance. How it looks is not as important as how it sounds. So any extra energy should go towards practice.
Nothing is more contagious or tenacious than music. Once you are exposed it gets inside you and you can never get rid of it. It is also non-discriminating. It can be Ride of the Valkyries, In a Gadda da Vida, the Jeopardy 15 second thinking tune, your most disliked commercial jingle - it doesn't matter. Once triggered, off you go, like it or not.
Give your instrument another wash in clean water and dry it thoroughly. Practice in soft cotton gloves and give the trumpet a rub down with the gloves still on - then put it back in the case. Now remove your gloves - works for my silverplated, goldplated and lacquered instruments, and many other players have commented how shiney my trumpets always are.
Last edited by limbo; 07-24-2011 at 03:10 PM.
With Doc Severinsen as a role model (he shoots the spit out the bell by blowing) those water marks in the bell can be a badge of honor!
By all means, please spend more time playing your instrument than polishing it!
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
there was very likely limesone in your water so just put it water again and the wipe it off well
1938 King Liberty
King Super 20
Weird really old Joseph Brunn Flugel Horn
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