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resting down in the 7th bow of a Yamaha 104 3/4 BBb...

Postby bloke » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:21 pm

probably the instrument's original case key...

played "stuffy" and "buzzy"
I had to unsolder/remove/reinstall the tiny 7th bow (first one past the three top-action valves) and get it out with a dent ball driver (6 solder joints :( ).
I hate messing with crap like this when I'm doing "production" (schools' giant piles of) repairs.

' thankful...??

Thank-you, Lord, that I may possibly not be the ~VERY~ most ignorant/stupid s.o.b., and that I was able to diagnose the problem and form a plan of action within a couple of minutes, rather than scratching my empty head and trying a bunch of idiotic and off-track solutions for several hours. - amen

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Re: resting down in the 7th bow of a Yamaha 104 3/4 BBb...

Postby Mark Finley » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:36 pm

I know. ahem.... someone...
that somehow got a cylindrical bottle of valve oil inside his gig bag. and then it found its way into the horn, and then of course, lodged itself into the smallest tubing it could find.

15 minutes before a concert that this person was supposed to go to the edge of the stage and play the piccolo part from stars and stripes forever.

Ran around like a crazy person trying to find a water hose to fill up the horn behind the obstruction, and then blew into the horn.

Shockingly, it actually worked.
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Re: resting down in the 7th bow of a Yamaha 104 3/4 BBb...

Postby bloke » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:07 pm

yeah...I can usually get crap loose, but this one had lodged itself, and then a considerate young music stoodundt put a nice juicy dent in the large side of the bow past the key, so...
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Re: resting down in the 7th bow of a Yamaha 104 3/4 BBb...

Postby Three Valves » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:59 pm

That’s were all the spit hangs out too!!

Did you put a water key there after removing the case key??
Who needs four valves??

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Re: resting down in the 7th bow of a Yamaha 104 3/4 BBb...

Postby bloke » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:33 pm

Three Valves wrote:That’s were all the spit hangs out too!!

Did you put a water key there after removing the case key??


No, but I did scribble out the make, SERIAL NUMBER :shock:, and a nice phat charge for fixing it.
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Postby the elephant » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:14 pm

Make sure to post a photo of that serial number with the last two digits blurred out. Criminals want that tuba. True story.
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Postby bloke » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:48 am

the elephant wrote:Make sure to post a photo of that serial number with the last two digits blurred out. Criminals want that tuba. True story.


It wouldn't be in my best interest to do that; I've already reported it stolen (after selling it on eBay) and filed a claim with my business insurance company. The school will get a brand-new tuba, and I'm ($340 - eBay, $160 - repair bill) $500 to the good. :mrgreen:

"True story." :roll:
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Postby the elephant » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:04 am

Bravo, sir.
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Re: resting down in the 7th bow of a Yamaha 104 3/4 BBb...

Postby bloke » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:08 am

the elephant wrote:Bravo, sir.


Don't judge me too harshly:
I only cheated an insurance company, and
I'm giving it to the church, so...

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Re: resting down in the 7th bow of a Yamaha 104 3/4 BBb...

Postby KiltieTuba » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:40 am

bloke wrote:
the elephant wrote:Bravo, sir.


Don't judge me too harshly:
I only cheated an insurance company, and
I'm giving it to the church, so...

:P


So my check is in the mail?
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Postby Mike C855B » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:47 pm

When I had my 28J restored a few years ago, the tech found a flattened can of Brasso. It was perfectly playable before his ministrations, which leads me to wonder when, how and why it got in there - and why was it flattened to the curvature of the bow? Did they have Roto-Rooter fix it? It sure as heck wasn't on my watch.
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Postby Bob Kolada » Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:38 am

My (small NW Indiana) high school band purchased a new front valve Yamaha baritone (a very nice playing horn, the clarinet playing director sounded fantastic on it) one year. I remember the guy playing it started playing catch with one of his goofball friends with a rubber mouthpiece case. Guess where it ended up; bonus points if you can guess how the band director, who was also the 8th grade boys basketball coach, reacted. I somehow thought I could use my father's air compressor to pop it out. I believe we ended up using a coat hanger to remove it...
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Postby edsel585960 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:49 am

I had an Amati baritone that was very stuffy when played. Couldn't get a small dent ball to roll past the inner wrap or the snake to pass the same area. Applied some low heat to the area and kept jabbing at it with the snake till whatever it was moved and dropped down to the inner bow. When I rotated the horn this small Dr. Who toy telephone booth dropped out. It played much better afterward. :roll:
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Postby Heavy_Metal » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:43 pm

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