Recent Comment With Valve Problem

I just read this comment from one of our readers and was not sure how to answer it.

“The two parts of my valve have broken apart !! The part where the wind passes through and the key . what do I do”??

Most valves are constructed in the same manner and for that reason, I will graphically try to illustrate the “usual” order to assemble and disassemble a valve. Some older valve instruments may have a different set-up than our newer instruments and if this is the case, a good repair shop should be contacted.








Everything unscrews in the usual manner and the only difficulty is the extraction or insertion of the last piece which fits just below the bottom of the spring. To extract or insert this odd shaped part, you need to rotate it, move it up to the larger opening and work it out sideways. When putting it back, be sure to have the recessed area on top, where the spring seats.

Let me know if this helps.

Also……..when replacing your valves in your instrument, be sure that the numbers on your valves correspond to the numbers on your valve casings.

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.