Freezing slides and valves when carol playing

eflatbass

Supporting Member
From deep in the recesses of my memory, I dragged some recollection of using Glycerol as an anti-freezing agent when carol playing with the SA YP Band back in the 1950’s.

Glycerol dissolved in water disrupts the hydrogen bonding between water molecules such that the mixture cannot form a stable crystal structure unless the temperature is significantly lowered. The minimum freezing point temperature is at about -36 °F / -37.8 °C corresponding to 60-70 % glycerol in water.

It is also dissolved in water to reduce damage by ice crystals to laboratory organisms that are stored in frozen solutions, such as bacteria, nematodes, and fruit flies.
 

Perchead

New Member
Freezing slides, sticky valves are problem with temperature adjustments being so drastic. I know this is one of the main reasons why brass players like to take their instruments rather than outing them into the hold of a plane.
 

Pyman71

Member
The family & I were carolling in Penrith on the 21st, the valves & slides were freezing solid while we were finding the next carol which resulted another ten minutes of hard blowing thru the insttruments just to free them :oops:
 

WhatSharp?

Active Member
I was going to try wrapping some chemical hand warmers either side if the valves this year. Didn't get the chance though as our one carolling job I couldn't make :(
 

Aidan

Active Member
some of the norwegians recommend mixing a bit of spirit in with the valve oil, I'm not stupid enough to do outside gigs in this weather to try it though.
 

brassneck

Active Member
Does anyone use Snake Oil or similar with PTFE mixed in? It's meant to work well for temperature extremes.
 

P_S_Price

Member
So can us heathens; just not necessarily the words you'd expect ... :oops:
We only have to sing the occasional verse of a carol when our lazy Cornet players get too tired (Particularly as our BM plays corne when we are carolling).

:icon_lol:

Happy Christmas to you all.
 

cornet96

New Member
Rochdale SA played carols in Manchester a few days ago, I thought you were a great example and thank you all very much!
 

Neillyboy

Member
A great way to keep the bass valve blocks warm is to buy some disposable hand warmers and thread them through the gap between the first and second valve and the second and third valve and keep your hand there too. It keeps the block warm and although reduces the register due to not using the 4th valve, it keeps the instrument playable.
 

feelyon

New Member
Erm.... we tough Scots simply carolled inside Tescos, Morrisons, The Loans Inn, Bogside Golf Club, Gailes etc fuelled in part with Terry's Chocolate Orange Popping Candy version. Slides were frozen before the gigs but the roaring fire inside the Golf Club and heating in others thawed us out.
Such a hardy race we are! Worth a mention that 2 of our members sell home made tablet as well to us so fuelled by sugar too.(They raised £1000 for the band this year with it):icon_cheesygrin:
 

Neillyboy

Member
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Such a hardy race we are! Worth a mention that 2 of our members sell home made tablet as well to us so fuelled by sugar too.(They raised £1000 for the band this year with it):icon_cheesygrin:
If its wee wardy mccormacks tablet then ive heard it is the best in the whole of ayrshire land no joke!!!. I can see a transfer just for this tablet comin on haha

Back to the post. You lucky people gettin an indoor gig, Killie got frozen to bits lol
 

feelyon

New Member
No Neillyboy it's Margo and Gill's specials. £1000 says its good though! You Killie folks are tough though and surely the cold would make Craig fall silent lol. Ah Duncan I would have to say i was too old for that era but my wild friend has told me all about those days...Talking outside gigs I'm thinking the tablet will have to travel down with Tartan Brass to Whit Friday so form an orderly queue....I feel a franchise coming on.
Just in case you think all is cushy up here I play in a church which has no heating in the Band area all winter so blankets are standard issue.(For the knees down) Hats off to the SA bands though.
 

P_S_Price

Member
It was -10 this morning when we started our Christmas day carolling session - Valves and slides freezing up left right and centre.
 
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