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bcain
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Posted: March.20.07 at 2:41pm | IP Logged Quote bcain

Sooo...

Trumpet was brought in.
Trumpet had a stuck mouthpiece.
The student sheepishly stated that it “just got stuck,” of which I am always skeptical.
Come to find out, it had been dropped (“off what” was not the issue I guess… two story building for all I know)
Dad casually dismissed the idea of ever using pliers.   
He used pliers.

My question:
Do you guys have any secrets to get out a severely stuck mouthpiece???
I’ve been using Ferree’s MP puller, but to no avail. Oil, etc…

Sledgehammer?
Hacksaw?
… or just cut a hole in the case and call it a day.

thanks!
Ben
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Posted: March.21.07 at 5:23pm | IP Logged Quote bobbaier

Ben,

I've found that the Ferree's puller doesn't always get the severely stuck mouthpiece out. I have an old Thompson puller and I've silver soldered brass handles to the screws that has not failed me. Some swear by the Bobcat, but I've not used one much.

If you don't have alternatives, you might try getting a fair amount of tension on the Ferree's puller and then put the receiver on a block of wood and whack it on the side with a rawhide or plastic mallet. In fact, you can usually remove most mouthpieces this way without a puller, but there is a risk of damaging the brace if you're not careful. Try to place the wood so you can hit the exact opposite side with no braces in line. Kind of like using two hammers to remove a ball joint, if you can relate to that.

Good luck,

bob

Edited by bobbaier on March.21.07 at 5:24pm
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Posted: March.29.07 at 3:00pm | IP Logged Quote bcain

Cool, bob...

Thanks for the tip. I'll try it. Great idea about the brass handles.

I received another horn (yesterday) that I am currently having problems with the "teeth" the pliers had created on the receiver end... grabbing onto the mouthpiece for dear life.

the ongoing saga of dad's and their pliers

Thanks again, Bob.


Ben
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Posted: April.09.07 at 2:54pm | IP Logged Quote motomom

Old Thompson puller works wonders. We also in a pinch have used a bobcat and very gently warmed the receiver with a torch and tapped gently with a rawhide. Careful not to burn the lacquer or the little plastic knobs on your bobcat.
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