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by MHreczuck
(14 posts)
16 years ago

Caring for a vintage horn

I've just purchased a vintage alto and I'm thrilled! I can't wait to get it, I think I'll pull it out and start playing it in the office when it comes. So I'm looking for tips. What are some do's and dont's you folks have learned from maintaining your horns? Keeping the plating in best condition, etc. The horn looks fantastic and I want to make sure to keep it that way!

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  1. by Dave Dix
    (421 posts)

    16 years ago

    Re: Caring for a vintage horn

    Congrats on the horn, what is it? best way is to wipe down after use and use a pull thru swab Dave

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    1. by MHreczuck
      (14 posts)

      16 years ago

      Re: Caring for a vintage horn

      Ok, same care as usual. After so much debate over picking a horn out and racking up a list of "favorites" I took a few days off and when I returned to saxquest I saw the second Chu Berry Portrait model and I couldn't resist! The engraving's got a castle and I always had a thing for those. I think it was a sign. :) -Mindy

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      1. by blackfrancis
        (396 posts)

        16 years ago

        Re: Caring for a vintage horn

        Sounds like a sweet horn! I agree with Dave- keep it clean and use the pull through swab. I would like to add, find a tech that really knows how to work on old Conns. (just in case)

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    2. by Sax_Shark
      (134 posts)

      16 years ago

      Re: Caring for a vintage horn

      I would suggest key oil, even though that is under "normal care". Vintage horns tend to need more key oil that many others do. Also, don't be freaked if you have to get it repaired kinda often. I'm in high school and use a '37 King Tenor that I usually have to have reapaired every month. No biggie. Could be the fact that Im in high school and it usually gets pushed around more than I want. :)

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      1. by chiamac
        (586 posts)

        16 years ago

        Re: Caring for a vintage horn

        "No biggie. Could be the fact that Im in high school and it usually gets pushed around more than I want. :)" this is why i always suggest high school students NOT getting very really super nice horns for college when they just get into high school.

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        1. by chiamac
          (586 posts)

          16 years ago

          Re: Caring for a vintage horn

          oh, and I'm not rough with my two horns, I let them air out after use (they have been sitting around now for a few days), and I take them in when needed. so far I haven't had to do a lot to either horn, just a bent/broken palm key, and a few other small problems. and I try not to let them get really cold.

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