Hi All, Just bought a 2002 model Besson 2002 - price was good and it's in very nice condition, apart from 2 stuck slides - 1st and 3rd valve slides. Luckily they both have water keys on them (which is probably why they are stuck!). They are both pulled out about 1/2" which is OK as that's more or less in tune for me anyway - a little flatter than I would like on a couple of notes, but not the end of the world. However, I'd like to free them up - I've only had the instrument a few days and have been feeding the gap with WD40 and have washed the instrument out with warm soapy water, filled it with cold water and poured (from a shower) hot water on the outsides of the slides - all to no avail. Stuck solid. Shpould I keep feeding the gaps with WD40 (or some other releasing oil) and see if they free up, and also hoping that if I do have to 'get a man in' the oil will at least make his job easier? I'm not keep on putting too much force on the slides, as compared to my Imperial, this instrument is quite flimsy! Also - anyone want a really good condition Imperial 4 Valve BBb Bass (1980 vintage)?