Cleaning Rods in MB cases

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Cleaning Rods in MB cases

Post by Burgerbob » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:21 pm

I am a stickler for having a clean slide, so I make it a point to have a cleaning rod with me most of the time.

Unfortunately, most fancy cases don't really make allowance for this. But, at least in these two cases, it's still possible!

Standard bass case-


Screwbell bass case-


In the standard case, the rod is held in place by some foam inserts and can't contact the horn in any way.

In the screwbell case, it makes just slight contact with my Gb side so I put a rag in to prevent scratching. Otherwise it has no room to move and won't ding anything.

Of course, YMMV with different horns and interior setups.
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Re: Cleaning Rods in MB cases

Post by Posaunus » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:17 am


I also am a stickler for slide cleanliness. My go-to is the H-W Brass-Saver cleaning brush. I use the "trombone" version for my small-bore tenors, and the "tuba" set for my bass trombone and large-bore tenors. These brushes do just about everything you can do with your rod and cloth; can be used to wipe clean and dry both inner and outer slides (including the crook); and nestle gently in ANY trombone case. (I roll mine up and place in a Zip-lock bag.) Best investment I've ever made in trombone maintenance! ... r-trombone ... r-for-tuba
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