Trumpet Maintenance

You will need:

  •   Valve oil
  •   Tuning slide grease
  •   Mouthpiece brush
  •   Valve casing brush
  •   Cleaning snake
  •   Clean cloth

Every day/as needed:

  •   Apply a small amount of valve oil to your valves

Every week:

  •   Lightly wipe down your trumpet to remove any fingerprints
  •   Wipe old grease off of all tuning slides
  •   Apply fresh tuning slide grease to all tuning slides
  •   Clean your mouthpiece using your mouthpiece brush, warm water, and a mild soap, such as Dawn or Palmolive.

Every month:

  •  Clean your trumpet in the bathtub.  Remove your valves and set them aside (do not get them or the top valve caps wet).  Disassemble the rest of your trumpet (bottom valve caps, and all slides).  Clean your trumpet, tuning slides and bottom valve caps in the bathtub using your cleaning snake, valve casing brush, warm water and mild soap, such as Dawn or Palmolive.  Run soapy water through all tubing of the trumpet and its slides.  Scrub the inside of the tubing and your bottom valve caps with your cleaning snake.  Gently scrub the inside of your valve casings with your valve casing brush.  Rinse everything out with clean, warm water.  Allow to dry before reassembling.  Apply fresh tuning slide grease and valve oil when reassembling.

Every year:

  •  Bring your instrument in to the shop to make sure it is in top working order.  We will provide a free estimate and let you know what, if anything, needs to be done to your instrument to keep it functioning at its best.