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Know what this is? (See photos below)
If you're a horn player then chances are you've seen one or at least heard of it from a friend, colleague or teacher. It's a block that sits, hole-side-down, on the bearing plate and evenly distributes the force when you tap it with a hammer to re-attach the bearing plate to the rotor casing after you've taken your valve(s) apart for cleaning, maintenance, etc.
Ever looked online to buy one? I have, and only found it for sale on Osmun Music's website. The problem was that it was only sold as part of a kit that costs around $40. All I wanted was this little block-thingy (Osmun refers to it as a "valve-knocker"). So I set out to make (ahem) my own. I found a 4-foot-long section of 1"-diameter pine at Home Depot, which was exactly what I was looking for (in diameter, at least - the length was an added bonus). Then I commissioned my father-in-law, who has both wood-working tools and experience, to cut the 4-foot rod into 2" sections, drill the ⅜"-diameter by ¼" deep hole in one end of each, stain them, and give them a few coats of polyurethane for added shine and luster. I now have 24 "valve-knockers", 23 of which I will attempt to sell since I'm sure I'm not the only horn player who's ever wanted to buy JUST this little block. So why am I posting this story here? I am considering trying to sell them here, of course! So stay tuned as I do some research into selling physical goods through Squarespace.

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Posted on April 23, 2014 and filed under News.