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    Breaking In and Maintaining Piston Valves

    I just tried to write a thorough article on valves. See what you think, and let me know if I missed something obvious! Thanks.

    http://www.dwerden.com/forum/entry.p...ve-Maintenance
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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    Excellent article Dave! Including links to suggested tools and cleaners.
    Rick Floyd
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    Great article. Worth reading and following for all you new horn owners (and old horn owners, too).
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    Thanks for the comments!

    FYI: I just added a bunch of photos at the bottom of the article to help illustrate my points.
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    Nice pics! I see you've added some 'heat shrink tubing' to the top portion of your springs. I've done that too and it really quieted down a bit of rattle on my 1st valve.
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank


    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
    Russian Christmas Music (Alfred Reed)
    El Cumbanchero (Rafael Hernández) cell phone video

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickF View Post
    Nice pics! I see you've added some 'heat shrink tubing' to the top portion of your springs. I've done that too and it really quieted down a bit of rattle on my 1st valve.
    That is actually the coating on my Mead springs, which runs the length of the spring. It's stretching a bit, which I assume means it may fail at some point.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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  7. I've never heard of Spitballs before! Well I mean I have, but it meant something completely different in elementary school. I'll try that out! Thanks for the tip!
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