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The latest development in valve oil, Black Lightening is specially formulated for Monel valves. Black Lightening Valve oil prevents corrosive yellowish green build up common to monel valves.
Monel has been used for many years on professional instruments, but has made it's way to student instruments as well. Not only trumpets, but baritones, euphoniums, tubas, and more. This has lead to many players discovering the "Monel Crude". If you play monel pistons, you've seen it. Yellowish green crude that builds up on the surface of the monel.Having seen this for years, and dealt with it on a daily basis in our repair shop, we decided to do something about it! Black Lightening has been developed to inhibit the development of the dreaded monel crude, by adding anti-oxidants to the oil. Our proprietary formula, when used on a regular basis, will retard and even eliminate the build up so common to monel.Application of Black Lightening is a bit different from other valve oil as well. Instead of "dripping" the oil onto the valve, you "spray" Black Lightening on onto the piston and into the casing. Pull the piston (valve) out of the trumpet valve casing. Spray one shot of Black Lightening onto the piston, and one shot down into the casing. Reinsert the piston into the casing, and repeat on the remaining pistons. By following this procedure, you get complete coverage of both the piston and casing. This will lead to the best possible performance of you pistons, and the most effective control of the monel crude!Q. "How often do I need to oil my valves?" A. EVERY TIME YOU PLAY! We even recommend after you play, so your pistons are never dry or left with saliva coating them. Black Lightening is a longer-lasting and ultimately faster acting high surface tension oil.