Today in class one of my cornet players valves (#1) stuck when he pushed it. The valves are well-oiled and cleaning/maintenance is not an issue with this kid. He was just playing normally, depressed the valve, and it won’t come up. I’m a little stumped as I’m not really a brass person…any ideas?
Assuming the spring and everything is still in place (check out one of the other valves for a clue if you’re not sure), it could be a dented valve or casing. It can happen even to careful players. The smallest dent will keep the valve from moving freely, and the only fix is getting it looked at by a professional.
I agree – most likely a small ding in the valve casing. Look at the outside of the valve casing all around and see if you can pinpoint a small dent anywhere. If so, take to the shop – they should be able to fix it in a day or so.
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