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At first you might feel a little like someone who has just given up smoking and is wondering what to do with their restless hands. Within a week or two you'll probably find it hard to remember what it was like to have to pull slides all the time, grab for a water key lever or get upset at having clammed a note or entry because there was water in the lead pipe. You'll quickly learn to value the peace of mind you have to prepare for your next entry.
With french horns, adding a second JoyKey on the tubing section between the main tuning slide and the valve block leads to more dramatic results. Again water collects at an even slower rate further back in the instrument.
In addition to the lead pipe, the 3rd valve slide on french horns is a popular and practical JoyKey drainage point. The ideal JoyKey solution, tailored to the needs and preferences of the individual player, can range from having one JoyKey installed on a trumpet or trombone to up to twelve on a triple horn. You know your instrument best and the spots where water collects the most are ideal for installing JoyKeys.
Designed and thoroughly tested by a professional horn player operating in a high pressure European orchestral setting, the JoyKey system has gone through rigorous on the job testing and passed with flying colors. Feedback from numerous audiences (and from professional musicians sitting both on stage and in the hall) listening to an Otto triple horn fitted with eleven JoyKeys has convincingly demonstrated that there is no discernable change in the sound for the human ear after JoyKeys are added to an instrument [» testimonials].
WHEN the holes of your current water keys are positioned correctly for the JoyKey System, you can simply remove the old keys and install the JoyKeys. Otherwise, you have a choice of leaving the original water key on the instrument and installing one or more JoyKeys additionally or removing the original water key and patching the hole.
To replace a WaterWick unscrew the cap. Remove the used WaterWick and insert the replacement. Make sure the short end is inserted into the instrument. Check if the O-ring needs to be replaced. Place the O-ring onto the filter end extending out of the instrument. Then screw the cap back on. Finished.
Replacement WaterWick packs that come with a replacement O-ring and screw caps are available from your dealer. Normally, something pretty unusual has to happen before you lose one. If you manage to do something unusual, let us know. We'll share your unusual story to warn others.
Used WaterWicks can be recycled.