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A local repair shop told me they couldn’t fix a stiff third tuning slide on a 1977 Bach Stradivarius bc the horn had metal fatigue.  I’ve never heard of metal fatigue in a trumpet.  Thoughts?  

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Find another repair shop.  I'd want a second opinion at least.  Metal fatigue in a trumpet is not unheard of, but it's not common, either.

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Agree with J. Jericho...  Slides that are stuck can be removed, but need to find a repair shop that has a good brass repairman...  While solder joints can break if pulled too hard, that is not metal fatigue of the actual tubing and can easily be fixed during the repair process.

I'd take to another local music store...

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Hi Maggie,

Sorry to hear about your vintage Bach Stradivarius.  I had plenty of issues with mine (1972 model 180 with #37 bell) and ended up sending it to Charlies brass works.  He completely reconditioned it, replaced the leadpipe (broken because of a stuck mouthpiece), broken brace (between the leadpipe and bell) and a nasty dent in the bell from dropping it.  It plays better than new.   Here's a picture of it that a friend posted: My Bach Stradivarius- all shiny

 

Here's a link to Charlie's.   E-mail him with a picture of what's going on and ask his opinion.   http://www.charliesbrassworks.com/index.php

Best of luck !!

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Thanks for the info and advice.  Took the trumpet to Osmun Music and they fixed it right up.  No “metal fatigue” after all,  just a misaligned 3rd slide that I guess the first shop couldn’t or didn’t want to fix.  Very happy with Osmun! 

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