Finke care instructions
You have chosen an instrument that was made by hand. It is equipped with special carbon fiber valves. This innovation offers several advantages over conventional brass valves:
- Their comparatively low weight helps to reduce the overall weight of the instrument.
- Faster valve movements are favored by the lower inertia of the mass to be moved.
- The need for lubrication is reduced compared to valves made of metal alloys.
Since all valve parts are fully interchangeable, replacing parts is problem-free in the event of any wear and tear and can usually be carried out by the fan himself.
To keep your horn in superb condition, please follow this advice: Lubrication is required for the bearing at the linkage end (not under the valve cap) with a thin spindle oil on the end of a small screwdriver, using a thicker oil or grease for the lever linkages. This should be done once a month.
Finke valve-rotors usually work with no more than water lubricant – to prevent build-ups in the casing the rotors are installed with a drop of thin oil on the surface. If it becomes nevertheless necessary to oil the inside of the valves we recommend the products T2 from „La Trompa“ and “Blue Juice”. They can be applicated through the slides.
Should the instrument not be used for a long time it should be rinsed through with distilled water before use. If a cleaning-brush has been used in this process, always rinse afterwards with plenty of water.
We recommend to clean lacquered Instruments with soft cloth, regular. To remove water drops (on the bell flair, etc), use lacquer-polish. These are available at your dealer. Special cleaning-sets are recommended to clean the inside-tubes.
Dismantling the Valves
Should it be necessary to remove the rotor for cleaning, do this as follows with the instruments lying in the players lap, not on a table. Take the bell section away from the body of the horn.
- Unscrew the screw cap of the valves
- Unscrew valve purposes (cap screws with slot on the opposite side)
- Turn the horn over so that the levers are beneath the instrument.
- Removal of the valve from the sleeve:
- Hit the pin with a light hammer until the valve slides down
- Catch the lower bearing cover that is loosening on the rear and remove the valve from the rear
- Be careful not to drop the valve on the floor.
- Now clean the valve and the bushing with a dust-free rag.
- Please also carefully clean the inner air ducts.
- Reinsert the valves and check for mobility.
- Put on the lower bearing cover (cover with steel ball) and hammer in with the help of a plastic block, which is placed with the hole on the bearing shoulder of the valve.
- Place the wing (connecting piece to the mechanics) on the valve stem and press down firmly. Then screw in the ends again until the sash rests firmly on it.
- Screw on the screw cap again.
- Check valve run
We recommend to clean lacquered Instruments with soft cloth, regular. To remove water drops (on the bell flair, etc), use lacquer-polish. These are available at your dealer.
Special cleaning-sets are recommended to clean the inside-tubes