I'm encountering a problem with my old peashooter (2B from the 50s/60s? It still says HN White on the bell). The counterweight is too heavy and pushes in the tuning slide, which I like to keep well-greased. I removed it a few weeks ago for a show, but of course the balance is out of whack. Today I played a set without it, got annoyed with the slide heaviness, so I slapped it back on for the remaining two sets, but on the lower brace. Looks kinda silly, but then again, I'm playing trombone so it'll look silly regardless.
Has anyone had similar issues? Did you do anything to correct it? Hollowing the heavier piece a bit comes to mind, and I have the means to do it, but I don't want to majorly screw something up.