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Posted: August.20.05 at 3:17pm | IP Logged Quote admin

What is everyone using to clean the bore of saxophone necks? I have never found a brush that I'm happy with. Is there a decent one available from any of the suppliers or anywhere else?

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Michelle
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Posted: August.21.05 at 7:39am | IP Logged Quote bobbaier

Nothing is really terrific for this, but I use tubing brushes. One that fits in the mouthpiece side opening and one fitted for the tenon. Put a little heat shrink or trombone bumper on the metal end. It won't last, but it's easy to do. You can get good coverage on an alto neck and cover the areas you can see on a tenor neck.

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Posted: August.21.05 at 10:08am | IP Logged Quote admin

Thanks Bob. That's pretty much what I've been doing. I was hoping there was something better out there that I've missed....maybe a flexible brush with graduated bristles......

Probably not. :-\

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Posted: August.21.05 at 6:09pm | IP Logged Quote stevemarti

Two methods I've used.

1. Squirt some horn flush in it. Plug both ends and the octave key vent. Shake it now and then while working on the rest of the horn. Rinse it out and blow it dry when I'm ready to check out the octave key regulation and play rest.

2. Remove the octave key and put the neck in the small ultrasonic cleaner for a few minutes.

Both seem pretty effective and low in labor.
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Posted: August.24.05 at 9:36pm | IP Logged Quote raymondjohnston

The shop I work in purchased an ultrasonic tank back in May, 2005, and after 32 years in the repair business, I am absolutely amazed how well that tank works. I just simply remove the octave key and put the neck in the tank for 2 minutes and the it comes out clean, inside and out. I understand these tanks can be found in all sizes from the size for jewelers on up. Good luck.
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Posted: October.12.05 at 1:26pm | IP Logged Quote JoePiccolo

If you have a thick build up in the goose neck you may wish to take a trip to your local sporting goods store and purchase a pack of BRASS "B.B.'S" , ball bearings will also work, but they have a case hardening on them, this makes them much harder then the gooseneck.

FIll the neck with a warm soapy solution of your choice. Then agitate the goosneck with a twisting motion.The rolling motion of the B.B.'S inside will dislodge some of your heavy offending debris. Then follow up with brushes for the light stuff.

Just be carefull of your octave pip, you dont want to mush it!

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Posted: March.06.06 at 8:03am | IP Logged Quote Danodownunder

Has any one tried soaking the neck in white vinegar it removes the plaque and is cheap, have not found a simpler method and don't own an ultrasound ?
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Posted: March.06.06 at 10:39pm | IP Logged Quote marcorosano

Danodownunder wrote:
Has any one tried soaking the neck in white vinegar it removes the plaque and is cheap, have not found a simpler method and don't own an ultrasound ?


I work in shop where the main cleaning agent has always been vinegar. Generally it's pretty safe, but not always. I just left a King 600 trumpet in for 8 minutes (10 is usually the upper limit), and it removed a significant portion of the lacquer without removing all of the residue. I'm considering switching to the "Classic Brass Cleaner" that was mentioned in Jeff Dening's video "Tips and tricks III".

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Posted: July.26.07 at 5:53pm | IP Logged Quote DaveWeiner

I recommend going to Harbor Freight and buying a small ultrasonic cleaning tank. If the neck is too big for the tank, you can stick a long plastic cup in filled with liquid and the sound waves will travel through the solution in the cup.

I have the largest tank that Ultrasonic Power Corp makes (just cleaned a 5/4 tuba in it this evening), and it paid for itself in 6 months. It's my best employee. UPC makes smaller tanks, too, and they are worth every penny.
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