Leather grips/neck guards etc.

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herrerabone
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Leather grips/neck guards etc.

Post by herrerabone » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:57 pm

What do you all think about leather accessories (i.e hand grips, neck guard, etc.)? Pros/cons?
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Re: Leather grips/neck guards etc.

Post by tbathras » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:09 pm

I've used the hand guards before - typically only on the left hand grip. I've found that neck guards (the ones I tried) would rub on the white collar of my tux shirt and stain it black, so i ditched that pretty quick. Maybe it was a poor quality one, i don't know.

Currently I don't use any at all because I like to be able to wash my slide without having to unlace/lace the hand grip every time. (I rinse my slide and pull a snake through it about once a week)
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Re: Leather grips/neck guards etc.

Post by Neo Bri » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:59 pm

Some say the sweat from you hands eventually soaks through and then sits on the horn, doing more damage than good. I mostly like them for grip, particularly for the left hand. I suppose you could put some kind of barrier between the horn and the grip.
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Post by tctb » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:28 am

I made some neck and hand protectors for my trombone cut from some old leather . I used stick on velcro for the fastening so that I can remove the leather for washing the horn.
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Post by norbie2018 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:13 am

I've used hand and neck guards for years with no detrimental effect to the instrument.
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Post by Neo Bri » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:30 am

norbie2018 wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:13 am
I've used hand and neck guards for years with no detrimental effect to the instrument.
Me, too.

I want pencil holders for the bell flare.
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Post by ghmerrill » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:37 am

For years I used self-made leather guards on a full size BBb tuba I had. I got the leather from the local Tandy store as "remnants", punched holes in the pieces I measured and cut, and then form-fitted them onto to the tuba by wetting them and lacing on with wet rawhide boot laces. They worked great and I never had any problems with them in any way. I now have a small one of those on my compensating euph now (where I've used some zip ties instead of the rawhide).

On my trombones, things are much simpler, and I abandoned the leather in favor of the smooth vinyl (?) shelf liner that you can buy at places like Lowes or Home Depot. I just cut it to size/shape and they (brace yourself) glue it on with super glue. I don't glue it to the horn!!! I carefully glue it to itself. This is easy and works marvelously well.

For a pen/pencil holder, I put about a 1"-1.5" wide strip of adhesive-backed velcro on one of the tuning slides (it's a bass), put its opposite variety on my pen/pencil, and voila!

Here's another slightly related hint it took me a while to figure out ...

I use (non-reflective) plastic sleeves in a 3-ring binder for all the pages of our community band parts (even though these are just printed from online versions). This makes for easy management and use of the pages, and they don't blow around even in a pretty decent wind. But then in rehearsal, making any notes on them is a real pain -- because you can't use a pencil or normal pen to write on the plastic, and the alternative is to take the page out, make the note, put it back, etc. Even a Sharpie won't work.

I got so tired of this that I spent enough time searching for an alternative and discovered the miracle of Sharpie oil based paint pens. They look like regular Sharpies except for saying "Paint/Peinture" and "Oil Based" on them. They're also a bit more expensive. But they work great on the plastic (and it dries quite quickly -- in a minute or less). So now I have one in red and one in black. You can scratch it off with a fingernail if you're in a hurry, or just wipe off with some alcohol. Works for me.
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