What is the Most Unusual Thing You've Used as a Tamper?

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triprolo

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A golf tee, the end of an ink pen, the flat end on the handle of a letter opener, Chapstick, a twig, pretty much anything at my disposal that will fit in the bowl. Lol

 

colcolt

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Several times I had misplaced my tamper but used a fired 45 ACP case...works well using the primer end. Spent primer of course. :)

 

captainsousie

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and with me being a trumpet player I've been wasting a perfectly good golf tee on my pipe.
:D Now I just keep a couple Blessing trumpets around for "tamper parts". :lol:

 

hobie1dog

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and with me being a trumpet player I've been wasting a perfectly good golf tee on my pipe.

Now I just keep a couple Blessing trumpets around for "tamper parts".
Darn, all my trumpets are good ones, I don't have any parts horns. :crying:

 

sergemoat

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Brake shoe hold down pin



 

zonomo

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so... how do you use your finger without burning it? I must be doing something wrong with my Tamp Technique because it would definitely burn my finger.
@hunter185: A gopher? :clap:

 

atboth

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A carrot.
Never used a golf tee. Have a smoothed piece of stick in the breast pocket of my coat that will serve in a pinch. Usually have multiple tampers with me, in the jar of pipe cleaners, at my desk, and in the bookshelves. I have a small army of tampers.

 

allan

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So I see we have some trumpet players here. I know its not part of this forum subject, but I just have to know. You guys pros? Classical, jazz, club dates?
Me, MMA from Manhattan School of Music way back in 1975-classical on full scholarship. Original dream-play in the NY Philharmoic. Truly another life time ago.
Allan

 

hobie1dog

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So I see we have some trumpet players here. I know its not part of this forum subject, but I just have to know. You guys pros? Classical, jazz, club dates?
Sorry to derail your topic, but formerly played in (2) 18 piece Big Bands, small jazz groups, Classical Trumpet& Organ Baroque music all on piccolo trumpet, Salsa Bands, Elvis Impersonator Bands, a true Commercial player who obviously "played if they paid"... :rofl: Use to play on a Shilke Gold Plated B6L tuning bell model Bb, Sherzer Piccolo rotary valve trumpet, Rose brass bell Flugelhorn by Courtois 154, and many others that are long gone that I should have kept. :crying:

 

lestrout

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Teddy - where can I find those clothespins these days? I often use twigs when I'm out and about. I just scrape and smooth the business end on cement or a rough stone. One day I was preparing for a fly fishing presentation at a venue that was also a Boy Scout camp. Those durn scouts did too good a job of cleaning up the dead wood in the forest around, and as I was scavenging in the random artsy craftsy stuff in the room, I came across what turned out to be a clothespin with the ends cut cleanly off. The diameter was almost the regulation 17mm and the open groove made for an interesting dynamic in the tamping process.
hp

les

 

jbbaldwin

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Aug 1, 2012
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...It's not uncommon for me to just use my finger. The redhead hates it when I do that [...] and says "you have a tool for that, why didn't you use it?"
What was the topic again?
(Sorry. I thought it and felt compelled to say it.)

 

zonomo

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@hobie1dog: Thats ok. Im a music lover myself so that topic usually finds its way in somehow. :D

 
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