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Slide Set-up




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:

  • Chem-clean and polish the inside of the outer tubes
  • Straighten all four handslide tubes
  • Remove any dents or flat places; round the tubes. Please understand that tubes that have been “repaired” by others, making them larger in the process, do not always result in perfect action
  • Test individual tube pairs to make sure that there is no friction
  • When both pairs of tubes work correctly, assemble the outer handslide if it has been disassembled
  • Check and adjust width of right hand grip to insure the outer tubes are parallel
  • Check and adjust the left hand grip to insure that each inner tube centered in its respective outer tube
  • Spot lacquer any areas where lacquer was removed due to the necessity of heating to re-solder parts, for handslides that have been disassembled and reassembled
  • Using Great Slide Cleaning Polish, remove any remaining oxidation on the inside of outer tubes
  • Apply the Great Slide Slickcoat Sealant polymers to fill the valleys in the brass on the inside of the outer tubes and make the surface as uniformly smooth as possible
  • Clean several times to remove most of polymer treatment residue
  • Treat the outside brass surface areas with both Great Slide Polymer products to provide a protective shine
  • Play, test the action of the slide to make sure slide function is as good as possible
  • Check water key for proper closure, replace the cork and spring if necessary
  • Align and lubricate water key
  • Replace the felts in the cork barrels (unless the slide uses springs)

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


What People are Saying

“Highly Recommend”

"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!"

Megan O


"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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The Slide Doctor, LLC

Ray Splawn
5290 Dunroven Way
Dawsonville, GA 30534

(770) 888-4111