Caring for Your Brass Instrument

Brass 2 Trumpets.jpgThe following information is to help you look after your instrument. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further advice. If any damage occurs to your instrument please do not attempt a ‘D.I.Y.’ fix, as instrument repair is a highly skilled job.

1. Do not eat or drink directly before practise and make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your instrument.

2. After you have finished playing, carefully wipe the instrument with a soft cloth. This helps to prevent corrosion of the lacquer/silver plating and preserves the appearance of the instrument.

3. If your instrument becomes tarnished in appearance you may wish to polish it. We sell special ‘lacquer’ or ‘silver’ cloths, which are simple to use and will restore the brightness of your instrument. Regular polishes may harm the finish, so we wouldn’t recommend using them.

4. Clean and lubricate the valves using the valve oil supplied with your instrument. It’s important to remove only one valve at a time, wiping off any residual dirt and/or oil with a lint-free cloth. When the valve is out apply a few drops of valve oil, before relocating it into its position in the valve casing. Follow this procedure for each valve and then try blowing the instrument to check that the valves have been correctly replaced.

5. On most trumpets and cornets you can check the valve alignment in the casing by simply turning the finger button at the very top of the valve. When you hear it click, the button will stop turning and the valve will be in the correct position.

6. To clean the tuning slide and valve slides use the slide oil supplied with your instrument. It is important to remove only one slide at a time, remembering to depress the corresponding valve when withdrawing or replacing a valve slide. First wipe off any residual dirt and/or oil with a cloth dampened with paraffin. Then wipe it dry with before lubricating with a few drops of oil. Push the slide back into place and wipe off any excess squeezing out of the joint.

7. The instrument will benefit from an occasional wash through with lukewarm water. If you’re unsure about this method of cleaning, please contact us for advice.

8. Make sure to remove the mouthpiece immediately after playing to prevent it from becoming stuck. If this does happen, don’t attempt to remove it by force as you could cause serious damage. Contact us as son as possible and when calling in the shop please remember to bring the case with you!

9. The mouthpiece should be regularly cleaned through with a mouthpiece cleaning brush to keep the internal bore free of obstructions.

10. Do not leave your instrument lying on the floor after or during practice. It is better to pack the instrument away in a case or use an instrument stand to avoid accidental damage.

11. Cramming things into the case, like music, pencils, etc. could cause pressure and result in damage to your instrument.

12. Do not store your instrument against a source of heat such as a radiator or direct sunlight for example. Do not leave your instrument in a car overnight or anywhere else cold or damp.

13. We recommend having your instrument serviced by a technician once a year to keep everything working as it should.

14. Enjoy your playing!

REMEMBER – if you need further advice, we are only a phone call away! 0161 445 4466

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