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Title: Joykey
Post by: slushpump33 on Feb 09, 2017, 07:33PM
Any one with a joykey fitted, what do you think?

slushpump33


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: trmbtrmb on Feb 13, 2017, 03:24AM
I had a Joykey fitted about a year ago. I had the original waterkey put back on a few months ago. Andrew is a nice guy from the messages we exchanged. The idea is a great one. I regret to say it did not work for me. Two major problems experienced were drastically changed response  on the middle f partial. It became very hard to center. Second problem is after a week or so the water did not drain properly. I will say that ultra pure slide lube is recommended but for me the Yamaha slide works much better, this caused the filter to clog. I was having to take my slide off during concerts to empty water. Just my experience. Unfortunately I would not recommend the JoyKey for trombone unless you use exclusively ultra pure lube and that after installation you assure response is unchanged. I can see how it would work very well on other instruments.


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: HouBassTrombone on Feb 13, 2017, 07:34AM
My shop has put many of them on... and Then swapped them back about a mouth later. Different reasons but in general I would not recommend them.


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: bonenick on Feb 13, 2017, 07:48AM
I never saw a trumpet fitted with one. There must be a very good reason for that.Only standard, Amado and Saturn keys. Never tried Saturn ones.


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: Matt K on Feb 13, 2017, 09:24AM
They seem quite well suited for horns because of their construction. I've known a few horn players who liked them. I've never tried one myself as I'm quite content with my Saturn keys.


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: conn88plyr on Mar 15, 2017, 08:58AM
I have a colleague who is a teacher at a well-respected instrument repair school. They have had some experience with the Joykey and their feedback was similar.  Their biggest complaint, at least in regards to trumpet and trombone, was that they could either set it up at the lowest point of gravity when in playing position OR in resting position; this meant that you could either remove the water when playing or when not playing but not both.  As Matt K said, they seem better suited for the physics of the horn versus other brass...


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: slushpump33 on Aug 31, 2017, 05:33AM
Trombone players have problems with the joykey, its mostly to do with slide lubricant, I was using superslick (the smallest amount possible)with Ultra-pure. The wick clogged up in 3 days, I was prepared for this and had a spare handy. I gave my slide a relay good clean and lubricated it with just Ultra-pure, I get about 7-10 days before it starts to clog.I leave the water-wick in water with a little amway LOC till next change. If I have any emergencies I still have my old water key. It takes me about 30 seconds to change ww so that no problem. I used to have to stop sometimes 2 times to let out water while playing a page of Kopprach or other study,now I go for a whole secession with out reaching down to realise water. What joy.


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: BHolley85 on Sep 02, 2017, 10:13AM
Another option is the Pollard water key. Like a more massive
Amado key that doesn't get stuck and drains quickly. The only "problem" is that the hole has to be drilled before they're soldered on; just the breath of a drill bit ruins the seal. I've had no problems with lubricants clogging them up. Yamaha, Trombotine, Ultra Pure, and many different weights of valve/rotor oils on my euphoniums and customer trumpets and tubas have all been fine. 


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: slushpump33 on Sep 08, 2017, 10:27PM
the Pollard water is no substitute for the joy key for for me. I can now play 2 or even 3 pages of music without having to stop and let out water. Before I fitted a Joykey I had to stop playing sometimes 2 times to let out water while playing a Kopprasch or Paudert study.


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: bonenick on Sep 09, 2017, 03:14AM
Anyone tried a Saturn key on a tbone?


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: BGuttman on Sep 09, 2017, 07:05AM
Anyone tried a Saturn key on a tbone?

There are a couple of threads about it.  It works much better than an Amado.


Title: Re: Joykey
Post by: Matt K on Sep 09, 2017, 07:49AM
Anyone tried a Saturn key on a tbone?


I have one put on every one of my horns sooner than later.  Love them  :good: