REKA makes everything you need to keep your instrument in perfect playing condition. With brass instruments, regular and thorough inner cleaning is a must. Residues enter the instrument during playing. With time, they alter the dimensions of the air passages, which disturbs the playing qualities, and they chemically attack the inside of the tubing, eating at the metal over time. These residues also influence the flow of air through the instrument and even affect how the metal vibrates. With the materials available until now, properly cleaning the INSIDE of a brass instrument has not been possible. The ancient method of soaking the instrument in water and shaking and turning it to loosen built-up residues is time-consuming and quite ineffective.
With REKA Cleaning Sets, you have the perfectly suited materials to make it fast, easy, and comfortable to care for any brass instrument properly, thus retaining optimal playing qualities and maximizing longevity. Each Cleaning Set includes four parts, of which the most important is the sponge rubber swab. This tool is matched to a French horn bore and is pulled easily through every tube and crook for effective removal of all foreign substances. Cleaning the sharpest bends and even the short sections between valve casings is no problem.
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- Difficult To Use
- Inadequate Instructions
Comments about REKA French Horn Cleaning Kit:
The "string" is suitable for cleaning a mouthpipe that has a valve (descant or triple horn), as the sponge doesn't risk the damage that the metal in a typical mouthpipe brush could cause. It is difficult to thread through and takes patience, as the flexibility of the plastic "string" means it is hard to push the little wooden ball past minor obstructions like water valves or the bends at the edges of the rotoray valve, or even around moderately sharp bends in the tubing. I prefer a typical mouthpipe brush for a mouthpipe with no valve. I have not tried the "string" for the manufacturer-recommended purpose of cleaning between other valves. I expect the sharp bends to make it too hard to pull through.
I don't like the mouthpiece brush. It is too dense to fit easily through the bore of the mouthpiece. I continue to use a softer brush obtained before I purchased this kit.
The instructions say third piece of the kit, the sponge on a stick, is to be used "in accordance with labeling," but there is no labeling. It appears suitable for cleaning out slide receivers where the string can't be pulled through. I can't say what the risk is that dirt will be pushed further in rather than pulled out. I've had good luck cleaning out contaminated grease coating the receivers.