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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.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
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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
    When the Saints Go Marching In (arr. Mashima) at ACB Conference Ft. Lauderdale
    Cell phone video of : El Cumbanchero:

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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)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
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    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

  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!
    Wessex Dolce

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