After removing a considerable amount of the heat varnish from the heating and forming, the end result was a slightly angled end of the crook rod, while the other end of the rod remained straight to use in other dent removal applications.
Continuing a busy week, we began work on my favorite project to date: building a first slide assembly! Beginning with stock parts, we cleaned the surfaces of the brass to ensure that the solder would flow completely, connecting the crook to the upper and lower inner 1st tuning slide tubes via the ferrules.
Fitting the tubes to the ferrules required use of a straight edge to ensure that the 1st slide tube would fit without gaps in the upper and lower outer 1st tuning slide tubes. My final soldering result can be seen below. It is visible where my feed points were on the tubes. While I would have wanted a cleaner result, I had to make do with my solder job.
Rounding out the week was continued instruction on dent removal and repair. The topic of focus was bell bow dents. This was much more time consuming than I had expected, but most of the work could be completed with the trumpet completely assembled. I am quickly learning that any repairs involving disassembly can get timely and expensive!