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Looking for quick action euphonium piston valve springs

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 8:43 pm
by Johnathan808
I'm looking for some good quality euphonium valve springs to replace me 1291 CC Miraphone springs with. I want a quicker reaction when I'm playing this my horn.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Re: Looking for quick action euphonium piston valve springs

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 9:18 pm
by thevillagetuba
If you want "reaction," then that sounds like you want the valve to return back up quicker. If that is the case, then a lighter euphonium spring probably won't cause that as those are designed for smaller, lighter valves. Perhaps you mean you want the valve to be quicker and easier to press?

Re: Looking for quick action euphonium piston valve springs

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 9:52 pm
by Dan Schultz
Miraphone springs are usually pretty good. However... I used to own a 1291 5V BBb and I think I recall using Yamaha Eb tuba springs with good results.

As a side note... the Miraphone pistons are fairly large in diameter and consequently the weight of the lube you use will have a dramatic impact on piston speed. Make sure your valves are clean and stay away from any lubricant heavier than lamp oil or something like Al Cass.

Re: Looking for quick action euphonium piston valve springs

PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 8:27 am
by Radar
Steven Mead endorses some valve springs that bear his name. I haven't tried them yet but was considering ordering a set. They can be ordered in the following formats: Original (compensating euphonium and Eb tuba/bass)
Light (compensating euphonium and Eb tuba/bass with a lighter feel)
Baritone (baritone and non-compensating euphonium)
Tuba (BBb and C tuba/bass)
I know that Steven is always fine tuning and tinkering with his horns to get every advantage he can (he also endorses another product that I think is more voodoo, and hype than it provides a real change in sound, but that's another topic).