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« on: May 21, 2016, 11:21PM »

Slide is making a rattling sound.  I clean it but it still does it... I thinking it is breaking apart inside, but I'm not sure... does anyone know? It is not the spit valve.. Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2016, 12:55AM »

Did you check if the slide lock is rattling?  (When you hear the rattle, just put your finger on the slide lock and see if the rattle stops.)
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2016, 04:38AM »

Rattling while playing or rattling while moving (or both)?

Apart from the slide lock, sometimes the rattle is a loose solder connection on a brace.  You may be able to find it by holding each slide brace in turn.  Another thing that could be loose is the water key.  Got a weak or broken spring?

If the slide lock ring is vibrating, put a little paraffin wax on the threads (tuning slide grease works also).  I take a candle and rub the bottom end on some of the threads to get a deposit of wax and then screw the ring back on.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2016, 09:58AM »


Did your cleaning include running a snake brush through the slide crook?
I ask because I see that you teach.
With kids around, there could be almost anything in there.
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