Shortage of Valve Oil?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Beesa, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. Beesa

    Beesa Member

    Someone I know went to their local music store for some valve oil and was told there was a national shortage. Something to do with it not being able to go by plane for security reasons, as it came from the States, and it had to be shipped instead.

    Has anyone else come across this or is it shopowner's BS !
  2. Despot

    Despot Member

    Well, the bit about going by plane is something I have encountered. American companies won't ship oils, polish etc to Europe by air.

    Can't say I know anything about a UK shortage.
  3. worzel

    worzel Member

    That could only be the reason for the shortage if it were a recent change.

    I just got two bottles of Al Cass delivered about a week ago.
  4. fatcontroler

    fatcontroler Member

    i havent seen a shortage at stands ive been to, but it is true about not flying them in.

    recycle from your slides into an empty valve oil bottle, job done.
    or bypass the whole bottle part and just spit onto valves:sup
  5. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Yes, just like you would on the pistons of your car. :wink:
  6. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

    Simple - use Wick oil (with PTFE) - better than any of the imported stuff and easily available
  7. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    And nearly as good as the original Snake Oil. :cool:
  8. squirrel

    squirrel Member

    Ooh ooh!!! .....gets excuse book out, adds #836 - Couldn't play fast passage because of sticky valves as a result of national valve oil shortage ;)
  9. delboy822

    delboy822 Member

    I got a bottle of that as a freebie sample a while back and was impressed... the only thing I didn't like about it was that it went EVERYWHERE!! :)
  10. Beesa

    Beesa Member

    When 'lending' someone your valve oil, always take the top off. That way there is more chance of getting it back.

    Every band has their valve oil moochers though.

    Anyway, cheers for the replies. I take it that there isn't a world shortage (or even a UK shortage) of valve oil. Due to the stuff needing to be shipped rather than flown. From the USA. (It was, as suspected, BS)
  11. worzel

    worzel Member

    Hah, that's a good tip.
  12. Super Ph

    Super Ph Member

    howcome there isn't a shortage of any other similar items then?
  13. David Mann

    David Mann Member

    I blame BP.
  14. I'm running short of decent excuses, have you published your first book yet? I need all the help I can get!
  15. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    I bought some Holton Valve oil. Found out that it stinks. Lending that out, You don't get asked again.
    I keep a bottle in my music bag along with the stuff I do use. "Ultra Clear" synthetic valve oil and no horrible smell. Also from USA but I had no trouble getting a couple of bottles. The Holton came from UK off ebay ( Airmail )
  16. I quite agree!! stinks in smell and performance.. :mad:

    Anyway, valve oil seemed readily avaliable enough when I bought some last week! no shortage to my knowledge! :tup
  17. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Very subjective ;) ; Al Cass for me, every time ...

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