Brasswind Care

Trumpet :

Here are some simp1e rules for taking care of your trumpet.

1. Do note eat food or drink anything with sugar before you play your trumpet. If you have band after lunch, go into the bathroom and wash your mouth out before you go into the band room. If you can, carry a toothbrush with you. Your dentist will like this too!

2. Never drop your instrument. Yes, it is made of metal, but the metal is brass. Brass is a soft metal and is very easily dented.

3. Never put anything on top of your trumpet case like books or papers.

4. Never let your mouthpiece roll around in the case, this can cause dents in the trumpet.

5. Never force your trumpet into the case, place it in the case correctly.

6. Never try to remove a stuck mouthpiece. Should only be removed with a mouthpiece remover.

7. Never carry your trumpet by the mouthpiece. Carry it by the bell crook.

8. Never stick any objects into the bell.

Daily Care:

1. Valves on brass instruments need to be lubricated on a regular basis. To do this:
– unscrew the valve cap and pull the valve out about half way. Apply a drop of valve oil to the wide part of the valve.
– push the valve back into position making sure that it is lined up correctly. Note: The valve has a guide that keeps it in place.
To check for correct alignment, gently try to turn the valve. If If it doesn’t turn it is lined up. If it turns, keep turning the valve
until you hear a slight “click” and the valve stops turning.
2. Occasionally a mouthpiece will become stuck in the horn. If this happens don’t try force to remove it. This can cause major damage to the instrument.
Take it to you r local store to have it removed.

3. After you are finished playing, make sure you remove any excess moisture from the inside of the horn by opening the water keys and blowing through the instrument.
Carefully wipe off the outside of the instrument to remove oils or perspiration caused by your hands.

4. Always store your trumpet in its case when not in use, this helps prevent damage and aids in keeping the instrument clean. Do not place items on the case.

Monthly Care:

1. Check all slides to see that they move freely and lubricate them with slide grease if needed.
2. Clean your mouthpiece monthly.
3. The inside of your instrument neds to be cleaned regularly. This may not be needed every month but should be done at least every three months.See the section below on brass cleaning for more information.

Yearly Care :

1. If you clean your instrument on a regular basis, you may not need any additional yearly care. However, the trumpet may be sonically cleaned by your local repair person.

Trumpet parts

Taking a Trumpet Apart:

1. Grip the first valve cap lightly and twist counterclockwise until the valve is free from the sleeve.
2. Repeat step one for the remaining valves.
3. Locate and remove bottom caps.
4. Locate tuning slide and remove
5. Repeat step four for three remaining slides

How to Clean Your Trumpet

Brass instruments need to be cleaned internally on a regular basis. The following is a description of that process.

1. To clean your instrument you must take it completely apart.
You will also need some cleaning brushes (available at music stores), valve oil, slide grease and some liquid dish soap. Dawn works well for this. You will also need a place to
clean the instrument. Unless you have a large sink, the bath tub is probably the best place.
2. Carefully remove the valves, all slides and valve bottom caps, If any of the slides are stuck, take your instrument to a repair shop to have them removed.
They can be damaged if not removed properly.
3. Place all the parts, except for the valves, in the bath tub with warm water containing some liquid dish soap, Dawn works very well at removing the oil.
Let the instrument parts soak in the water for about 30 minutes.
4. While the instrument soaks, take the valves and run warm water over them and brush out all openings in the valve with the valve brush. Shake off any extra water and set valves aside to dry.
5. Next brush out all tubes with the snake and the valve casings with the valve brush. Be sure to clean any debris from the inside the valve bottom caps. Qtips work best for this.
6. Use clean water to rinse out the instrument. Wipe off any excess moisture and set the instrument aside to dry.
It is important that the inside of your instrument is completely dry before you proceed.
7. Apply a small amount of slide grease to each slide and re-assemble.
8. Install the valve bottom caps. Put a drop of valve oil on each valve and install them in there proper location.
Valves are numbered and must be in the correct location to operate properly. The first valve is always closest to your mouthpiece.
9. You now have a clean trumpet!