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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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