Old euphonium

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by DanEuph94, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. DanEuph94

    DanEuph94 New Member

    Hello all, new person posting here.

    I've been trying to get my " round stamp " euphonium back to working order, i've got everything okay so far, it's just the clunking valves which look complicated, and can't be fixed by bashing it with wood it seems!

    It looks like the metal guides have worn down, so the valves are constantly clunking whenever
    they are used. Any advice on fixing them would be of great help! :D
     
  2. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    looks like a job for the proffesionals. Valves can be worn and in need of elecroplating and machining,
    it could be just cork pads need replacing. or maybe the guides might need replacing. I can't imagine guides making noise though. Mr Tuba is in Wales somewhere and I am sure he would be able to help with advice and repairs if needed.

    http://www.netupandgo.com/mrtuba/

    114 SPRINGVALE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, CWMBRAN, GWENT, UK. NP44 5BG

    1633 871506

    Address and telephone number just copied from his web site. Hope this helps.
     
  3. jennyt125

    jennyt125 Member

    As Aussie Tuba says its probably because of the worn out valve guides meaning the valve is turning in the casing as well as going up and down. You can replace them but best to let a repairer do it as they may need filing down to size. Also I find the rubber valve dampers used on the modern Sovereign instruments help. Get those sorted and I am sure it'll be a great euph ;)
     
  4. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    I had some lovely work done on mine by a good local repairer. He replaced the worn out valve guides with new plastic ones and re-cut the grooves. New pads and new rubberised springs and my 19-year-old euphonium is like new.

    I know that this is not particularly specialist work. Most repairers can do this, but you just need to be very specific when you speak to him, as most of his day-to-day work will be schools stuff - jammed mouthpieces, seized valves etc.
     
  5. jennyt125

    jennyt125 Member

    Yes the conversion to plastic valve guides is a good idea. I had that done to my B&H Imperial tuba, the valves are very good now and ever so quiet. Not cheap but worth it on a good instrument. Just make sure they are cut to the right depth otherwise the valve can be out of line with the ports! :)
     
  6. DMBabe

    DMBabe Supporting Member

    Apparently Wilson nylon guides fit Sovs and do the job and last forever..... not cheap for what they are but still you get what you pay for. PM me if you want the name of a good repairer.....
     
  7. Blagger

    Blagger Member

    Do make sure that you try just replacing the pads and springs first before shelling out for repair work.
    I did this with my old 967 sov (1987 vintage) which hadnt been played for quite a few years and it transformed the clunky valves back to better than I ever remember it being even when brand new.
    Fleabay sellers are easily found - think my springs were called "silent coated" or something like that LOL
    Cost about £20 for everything if i recall correctly.
     

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