Red Rot or rust

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Basstiger, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Basstiger

    Basstiger Member

    I have a small patch of red rot or rust in the crook of the slide on my bass trombone. I have no idea how it got there or what has caused it. I am led to believe this can be terminal damage to an instrument....can anyone enlighten me? And is there a cure?
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  3. ibrox

    ibrox Member

    Red rot is caused by acids reacting with the brass of the instrument. It can be "terminal" but that depends on how widespread the problem is so I suggest getting the instrument to a trusted repairer ASAP or if the instruments relatively new then contact the manufacturer as they should repair or replace for you under warranty.
  4. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    How old is it? If it's an old Elkhart Conn, this is a pretty likely diagnosis. If it's not that old (i.e. ~40 years plus), it's probably something else. But best to get it checked out.
  5. Basstiger

    Basstiger Member

    It's a 1997 Holton TR 181.........
  6. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Would guess it's just something manky on the finish then. But still worth getting it checked out if it's concerning you.
  7. Basstiger

    Basstiger Member

    Thanks......not that bothered by it really if it's not terminal...just doesn't look very pretty!

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