What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

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What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by Elow » Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:38 pm

Just looking to see what everyone’s go to tuning slide grease is. I normally use lanolin, but something tragic happened today. I ran out, my other options are super slick tuning slide grease and vasoline. Both seem to have the same thickness, I hate them both. So i’m just seeing if anyone uses something different.
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Post by BGuttman » Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:52 pm

Dow Corning silicone grease (pretty common in chemistry labs) works very well. Little thicker than Vaseline and thinner than Lanolin. Available from McMaster-Carr. A tube will last about 3 lifetimes.

I've tried UltraPure. The light grease is a little thin; probably like the Super Slick. But they have a heavier grade that may be just the ticket.

I used to have a tube of grease for Thompson shafts. Label fell off years ago and I have no idea what it is, but it was the best stuff I ever used.

I don't like the red goop from Selmer, but some do.

There have been some reports of using STP oil treatment. I think I tried this back when I used to do my own oil changes since enough will stick to the walls of the can to last for quite a while. But it smelled pretty bad and stained my clothes.

I don't like Vaseline after I discovered it was turning green from the copper in my tuning slide.
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by Elow » Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:00 pm

I mix the lanolin with red goop from bach to thin it up a bit
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by Kbiggs » Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:22 pm

BGuttman wrote:
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I've tried UltraPure. The light grease is a little thin; probably like the Super Slick. But they have a heavier grade that may be just the ticket.
I use the heavy grade for the main tuning slide and the ball-and-socket joints of valve linkage. I use the lighter grade for the tuning crooks for F and G-flat valves. Works a treat!
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by noordinaryjoe » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:07 pm

Someone turned me onto LeBlanc Slid-Eze slide and cork grease years ago, seems just about perfect.

Small tube has plenty of grease for ages, but still doesn't take up much room in the case.

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Post by marccromme » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:44 pm

Red goop from seller branded as cork barrel grease works really well if applied very thin. Lasts for many weeks before reapplying. Sticks fine, slides don't move on their own.

For tuba valve slides I need to move for fine tuning, I apply it, remove with dry paper, and give five drops of piston valve oil, then work the slide, occasionally with an extra drop, just until it sticks very little.
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by bigbandbone » Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:59 pm

Selmer tuning slide and cork grease.
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Post by bbocaner » Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:13 pm

spacefiller ts is my favorite, but it's hard to find, so I often substitute hetman number 7 -- but that tends to wash off much faster.
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Post by Burgerbob » Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:14 pm

Ultra-Pure. I match my valve and slide oils so they aren't interacting a bad way.
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Post by harrisonreed » Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:14 pm

Hetmans. See Aidan's post, above.
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Post by GabrielRice » Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:38 pm

Hetman Slide Gel Plus, for the same reason as Aiden. It's important, because you want your tuning slide grease to be able to be dissolved by your valve oil. That's right, you do.

Please don't use Vaseline or that Dow-Corning stuff. The Dow-Corning doesn't dissolve, it just moves around. I used it for a while, and when my horn was getting cleaned they found it built up inside the valve tubing.
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Post by bassbone721 » Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:56 pm

All Hetman's here too! Hetman 7 specifically.
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Post by BrianJohnston » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:47 am

Monster oil.
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Post by Doubler » Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:01 pm

Schilke Tuning Slide Grease. It's versatile. It'll keep lose slides from moving and enable tight slides to move.
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by sporto » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:49 am

anhydrous lanolin & beeswax, equal parts
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Post by BGuttman » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:53 am

sporto wrote:
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anhydrous lanolin & beeswax, equal parts
Wow. Doesn't that get kinda gummy?
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Post by sporto » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:25 am

anhydrous lanolin & beeswax, equal parts

Wow. Doesn't that get kinda gummy?

I found the lanolin alone is very temperature sensitive. So yeah, the anhydrous lanolin & beeswax, equal parts below 65 degrees is gummy. But the beeswax keeps the lanolin from getting too thin on hot days.
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Post by Elow » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:30 am

sporto wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:25 am
anhydrous lanolin & beeswax, equal parts

Wow. Doesn't that get kinda gummy?

I found the lanolin alone is very temperature sensitive. So yeah, the anhydrous lanolin & beeswax, equal parts below 65 degrees is gummy. But the beeswax keeps the lanolin from getting too thin on hot days.
I live in florida and i’ve never experienced my lanolin like that. I also haven’t had any problems with it being too thing.
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Post by Bonearzt » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:04 am

I usetime the red crap from Conn-Selmer, my go to for a long time! Although it seems to be less slightly thinner and less sticky now.

And to rehash a pet peeve...
If you need a thick grease or o-ring to keep your tuning slides in position, you need to have them fitted correctly!!
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Post by sporto » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:13 am

I found the lanolin alone is very temperature sensitive. So yeah, the anhydrous lanolin & beeswax, equal parts below 65 degrees is gummy. But the beeswax keeps the lanolin from getting too thin on hot days.

And the beeswax keeps the lanolin from going semi-solid at cold temps
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Post by Crazy4Tbone86 » Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:13 pm

I mix my own with two primary ingredients:

*Generic tuning slide grease (leftovers) that are donated to me by a local retailer when their rentals are returned. These are the little tubs of tuning slide grease that is very similar to Schilke's tuning slide grease.
*Lanolin

I make three mixes (these percentages are approximations).....

1. Fast moving grease for 1st and 3rd tuning slides on trumpets and "active while playing" tuning slides on other instruments (baritones and tubas). This is about 70% generic grease, 20% lanolin and 5% petroleum-based valve oil.

2. Cold weather tuning slide grease (because the lanolin can get stiff in the colder weather). This is about 50% generic grease and 50% lanolin.

3. Warm weather tuning slide grease. This is about 35% generic grease and 65% lanolin.

I usually mix my tuning slide greases in a Cool-Whip container and blend them slowly by using a microwave oven. I melt the mix for 25-30 seconds and then stir with a popsicle stick. I repeat the process many times until the mix is smooth and consistent.

It takes a few hours to cool and then I check for consistency. If the consistency is not correct, I adjust the recipe and do the microwave/stir/cool process again. Once the mix is correct, I must heat it one more time and poor into smaller containers or place in the larger container for the shop.

I started making my own many years ago because I found that few brands were the correct consistency. Most tuning slide greases are too thin and the slide will catch or bind as you try to move it. A few are too thick and will barely move in cooler weather or an air conditioned room. I also thought that doing my own mixes would be a great way to use the otherwise-discarded tubs of tuning slide grease. :)
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by ssking2b » Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:45 pm

Selmer red goop on some slides and Dow-Corning on slides that move too easy. Yamaha tuning slide oil on tuba slides that need to move while playing (1st valve), and STP available to mix with any and all of the above in TINY quantity.
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Post by btone » Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:49 pm

Selmer red goop works best for me for most instruments. Just remember to store it upside down so you don't have to squeeze the plastic container much; they used to get very brittle with age. Probably planned product obscelence to induce the consumer to buy a new bottle every couple decades.
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by baileyman » Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:02 pm

You mean, you want to move the tuning slide?
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Post by BGuttman » Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:24 pm

baileyman wrote:
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You mean, you want to move the tuning slide?


Nah! I get 'em welded at the factory :twisted: :tongue:
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by dougm » Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:54 am

I have a stash of the OLD Conn red tuning slide grease. Little square container with a flip open lid. Maybe from the 1970's? My teacher gave it to me in the 90's. On my last container of it, I've shared a few. I *heard* that the "new" formula is different. I appreciate this thread that I will reference once that last container is consumed.
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Post by Bonearzt » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:08 am

I think the "new" red crap is still good, but just not as sticky as the old stuff.
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Post by Crazy4Tbone86 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:47 am

Eric,

I agree that the Selmer red stuff is decent. I used the old stuff for many years and have sampled the newer stuff shared by musician friends a couple of times. The grease itself is a good product.

I abandoned the old version red stuff many years ago because of the packaging. Those old white square-shaped bottles would crack in the corner and the grease would slowly leak and saturate the lining of the case. The leaky bottle ruined one of my cases years ago and I have seen the same thing happen to a few other people.

For many years, if any of my students showed up to a lesson with those square bottles, I would advise them to turn the bottle upside down and let gravity drain the grease out of the opening. I always feared that they would squeeze the bottle too hard and crack it. I don’t know what kind of bottle the new red stuff is sold in, but I really hope Selmer has changed its packaging.
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Post by Bonearzt » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:46 am

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Eric,

I agree that the Selmer red stuff is decent. I used the old stuff for many years and have sampled the newer stuff shared by musician friends a couple of times. The grease itself is a good product.

I abandoned the old version red stuff many years ago because of the packaging. Those old white square-shaped bottles would crack in the corner and the grease would slowly leak and saturate the lining of the case. The leaky bottle ruined one of my cases years ago and I have seen the same thing happen to a few other people.

For many years, if any of my students showed up to a lesson with those square bottles, I would advise them to turn the bottle upside down and let gravity drain the grease out of the opening. I always feared that they would squeeze the bottle too hard and crack it. I don’t know what kind of bottle the new red stuff is sold in, but I really hope Selmer has changed its packaging.
Yes they have changed the bottle to a clear plastic, not sure yet how durable it is, time will tell...

if I encounter any of the white plastic in a case, I place it in a small zip-lock baggie.

For my bench, I drain the bottle into a small brush-top can, makes it easier to handle using the brush...
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by Crazy4Tbone86 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:33 pm

Bonearzt wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:46 am
Crazy4Tbone86 wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:47 am
Eric,

I agree that the Selmer red stuff is decent. I used the old stuff for many years and have sampled the newer stuff shared by musician friends a couple of times. The grease itself is a good product.

I abandoned the old version red stuff many years ago because of the packaging. Those old white square-shaped bottles would crack in the corner and the grease would slowly leak and saturate the lining of the case. The leaky bottle ruined one of my cases years ago and I have seen the same thing happen to a few other people.

For many years, if any of my students showed up to a lesson with those square bottles, I would advise them to turn the bottle upside down and let gravity drain the grease out of the opening. I always feared that they would squeeze the bottle too hard and crack it. I don’t know what kind of bottle the new red stuff is sold in, but I really hope Selmer has changed its packaging.
Yes they have changed the bottle to a clear plastic, not sure yet how durable it is, time will tell...

if I encounter any of the white plastic in a case, I place it in a small zip-lock baggie.

For my bench, I drain the bottle into a small brush-top can, makes it easier to handle using the brush...
Yes Eric, we think very similarly! I resorted to using zip-lock sandwich bags for holding the square, white plastic containers of red goop in my cases and gave the same advice to everyone. When I worked in the big shop, I would also drain the Selmer red stuff into a larger container and used a small paint brush to apply it. For a couple of years in the shop, I used the red goop exclusively because the tuning slide grease that was provided was too thin.

Glad to hear that they have changed the bottle!
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by Crazy4Tbone86 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:16 pm

Hey Everyone,

Look what arrived with a trumpet repair in my shop this afternoon......a (probably 1990s) bottle of the red Selmer Tuning Slide Grease. If you look carefully in the lower left corner, you will see that the plastic is very close to cracking open. This puppy is going to need a ziplock bag.

https://trombonechat.com/download/file. ... ew&id=5966
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Post by Driswood » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:03 am

I use ZAJA tuning slide grease. Used to be a pain during winters up north, but here in Florida I don't have that problem. It's pretty thick. I've been using a small tub since 1998. Tuning slide stays put!
Not sure if it's still available.


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Post by RConrad » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:51 am

Crazy4Tbone86 wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:16 pm
Hey Everyone,

Look what arrived with a trumpet repair in my shop this afternoon......a (probably 1990s) bottle of the red Selmer Tuning Slide Grease. If you look carefully in the lower left corner, you will see that the plastic is very close to cracking open. This puppy is going to need a ziplock bag.

https://trombonechat.com/download/file. ... ew&id=5966
There's a bottle just like that kicking around my father's house somewhere. I also had the Bach tuning slide grease that came in the white container with a pop top that looked like lip balm, wasn't a fan as it was too easy to get more than I needed. These days I use the Bach 2942 tuning slide grease. It's less viscous than the old stuff and a bit easier to get out of the bottle, we'll see if the bottle holds up better than the old white ones though.
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Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Post by Elow » Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:38 pm

Funny you reply today. Happy day this morning from allied. I was so excited i forgot to turn the lights on.
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