Valve Weight - Courtios Euph

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by JSmith, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. JSmith

    JSmith Member

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    I've noticed the valves on my Courtois Euph are A LOT heavier than Bessons.

    I've tried a bunch of different springs and they always feel a bit odd. Either the springs are a bit too stiff so hard work to play quick passages, OR the springs are too soft and the valve action is poor. Because of the weight of the valves they have a tendency to want to 'bounce' rather than move in a single up and down motion.

    Is it just me (Glyn Williams does pretty well with his!)?
    What do (or would) you do?

    Why would Courtois make their valves about twice the weight (a guess) as the Besson equivalent?
     
  2. Dave Euph

    Dave Euph Member

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    Our second euph player recently got himself a Courtois after playing a sov for a while. He also observed that the valves were heavier and when I tried it out I was inclined to agree.

    However, he recently had a stuck valve and asked me for some valve oil. I gave him my blue juice and after he applied it he said that it made the valves so much better!

    I don't know if it will help you, but it's worth a shot?

    Alternatively you could drop in at Fred Rhodes and have a chat with Mr. Williams and see what he thinks.
     
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