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    Ultrasonic cleaning

    Is ultrasonic cleaning of trumpet parts safe?
    I am thinking of using this to clean out the threads on valve caps and other hard to clean parts.
    I can't see any potential problems with it as its used for jewellery, but maybe someon ehas tried it and can comment.

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    Re: Ultrasonic cleaning

    Gordon,

    Ultrasonic cleaning is incredible!!! I've had all of my horns put through the ultrasonic cleaning process by Ken Pope in Boston and have no complaints. It's basically giving your horn a bath in water with mild soap, with added sound vibrations doing the cleaning. I've heard horror stories about chem cleans gone wrong, but never about ultrasonic.

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    Re: Ultrasonic cleaning

    Thanks for confirming that.
    I was sure that it would be harmless as its used for jewellery.
    I don't have a cleaner big enough for a whole trumpet but I can out the valve caps and slides from my piccolo trumpet in it, possibly even the valves themselves.
    I am sure it will bring out a lot of dirt.
    I know when I put my watch in it clouds of dirt came out of it.

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    Re: Ultrasonic cleaning

    OK, I cleaned my piccolo trumpet the normal way in the sink with soapy water including all the small parts, then I put the small parts in the ultrasonic cleaner.
    The ultrasonic machine brought off even more dirt, especially from the valves and the valve caps (stuff that was deep in the threads).
    The water was quite dirty afterwards from parts that had already been cleaned.

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    Re: Ultrasonic cleaning

    I have heard its not a good idea to do ultra sonic cleaning on trumpets with red rot. I forget where I got that info and if its true or not fwiw.

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    Re: Ultrasonic cleaning

    there is a guy out in webster ny (about 30 mins from rochester) named joe pera who does ultra sonic cleanings for $20 bucks a horn.

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