Mouthpiece Sticking in Leadpipe

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Mouthpiece Sticking in Leadpipe

Post by Vegastokc » Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:34 am

I have a standard student Bach I purchased used from a going-out-of-business music store.
I am looking to unload at some point in near future.

There was some material - possibly welding flux or solder or something like that - stuck inside the leadpipe blocking about 20% of the tube. I had my tech remove it but since then the mouthpiece gets stuck even with only a gentle quarter turn.
The surface appears smooth but with some texture.

So what I am trying to figure out is should I work the area to make it smoother or rough it up more?
Which would induce an easier release of a standard mouthpiece?
Any experienced advice is much appreciated.
(I suspect this is a familiar and probably very simple issue)

If I was keeping it for myself I would live with just using a little tuning slide grease or mouthpiece puller.
But I would feel awful giving this to some kid or beginning player who had to deal with it everyday.
Its a perfectly decent early 2000's student horn otherwise

Thanks
Michael Saffier
just a guy with a mild trombone habit; I can quit anytime I want...
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Re: Mouthpiece Sticking in Leadpipe

Post by Doug Elliott » Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:24 am

Send me your address and I'll send something you can use to improve it. I've done this before...
It's a scrap mouthpiece shank with a 1/4" hex shank in it, that you can use in a drill or screw gun, low speed and low pressure, with lapping compound. You can get a tube of lapping compound at an auto parts store. That should clean up whatever's in there and smooth the taper.

If you're not comfortable doing it, take it to a repair person. Just clean it out thoroughly afterward.

No charge, it's all scrap. Maybe I should sell a kit...
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Re: Mouthpiece Sticking in Leadpipe

Post by Vegastokc » Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:31 am

Sending PM.
You are a gentleman and a scholar.
Way more than I expected. Thank you.
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Re: Mouthpiece Sticking in Leadpipe

Post by JohnL » Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:34 am

Doug Elliott wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:24 am
No charge, it's all scrap. Maybe I should sell a kit...
:good:

See if you can patent it.
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