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Videos, Instructions & More!


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We’ve accumulated some videos for instruction and information. We hope to address some common questions. Your input, feedback and requests are greatly appreciated. Please contact us if you have any additional questions or recommendations for the Slide Doctor!

Introduction to the Slide Doctor

The Use of Polymers on the Trombone Slide

The Proper Way to Wrap a Cleaning Rod

Cleaning the Slide with Goddard’s Brass Polish

Applying Great Slide Cleaning Polish & Slickcoat Sealant

Lubricating the Trombone Slide

The Slide Doctor Shipping Container

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Articles of Interest

Over time we have compiled some thoughts and recommendations regarding frequently asked questions and information that may be of interest to the fellow slide enthusiast. Please enjoy and contact us if you have any questions or input!

What is a “Slide Setup?”

     What is a “Slide Setup?”A Slide Setup gets the slide action as fast and smooth as the components will allow. Please note, many of the outer handslides require disassembly in order to maximize the results of the slide setup. A Slide Setup includes:...

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Help for Sick Slides

     & Good Ones Too...~ How good is your slide?~ How much do you know about how a terrific slide works? The physics of a great slide are quite simple. For the slide to function at the highest possible level, it must: Have all four tubes perfectly...

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Cleanliness is Next to …

     (The War on Friction)The combination of tarnish, oxidation, residue from previous lubrication and other organic matter (slide cheese) combine to create friction between the tubes. Here is a phone call I receive quite often: Caller: I got this new...

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How can I arrange to have the service done?

     Step up, Set upThe business is running a 3+ week backlog of slides once they arrive in the shop. If you have a backup horn or a loaner, you are encouraged you to go ahead and ship the slide and lets get it in the rotation for service. Appointments...

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Does the Slide Dr. make House Calls?

     On the RoadFor many years, we took the “Traveling Slide Show” on the road and clinics were given at the ITW, Eastern Trombone Workshop, and at many colleges and universities. A partial list: Curtis Institute of Music, Indiana University, University...

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The Ebay Dilemma

     Warning!In recent years, we have seen several players find a deal on Ebay that was too good to be true, and it was. Instruments that are imported from foreign countries are not necessarily bad, but some have very low quality components. Even more...

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What People are Saying

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"As a touring musician... I've had my slide aligned by some of the best technicians in the country... I would HIGHLY recommend the Slide Dr.'s services!"

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"Slide Dr. work is brilliant. I went to him a few years ago and will always continue to bring my slides. Very fair pricing and superior customer service makes the Slide Dr. stand above with his work."

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“Absolute Magician”

"This man is an absolute magician. I destroyed my slide at a football game and took it to the Slide Dr the next morning. He fixed it better than it was new in no longer than two hours... Every trombone player should have the Slide Dr check out his/her slide. Absolutely recommended!"

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“Fantastic job”

"My slide was in terrible shape. It was slow and out of alignment. I sent my slide to the Dr. and it is a different slide. They did a fantastic job. I would definitely recommend them."

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Great-Slide© is a new polymer product developed & provided exclusively by the Slide Doctor!

Great Slide Cleaning Polish removes oxidation and contaminants from the inside of outer trombone tubes, as well as from the external surfaces of all brass instruments.

Great Slide Slickcoat Sealant provides maximum polymer protection against oxidation and contaminants to the inside of outer trombone tubes, and it delivers an ultra slick sealant that minimizes friction between inner and outer trombone tubes, resulting in ultra smooth slide action.

Don't forget to check out our Trombone Slide cleaning polish & slickcoat sealant:

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The Slide Doctor, LLC

Ray Splawn
5290 Dunroven Way
Dawsonville, GA 30534

(770) 888-4111