• Trumpet Care and maintenance

Trumpet care and maintenance

Assembly of your trumpet is very simple; just slide the mouthpiece into the receiver until it stops. If this is difficult do not twist or tap it into place. The mouthpiece should be removed each time you play by gently pulling it straight out. If it becomes stuck do not try to force or twist it off or use tools of any kind. The brass used in your instrument is very soft and excessive force can cause the instrument to bend and break. Your local music store and many music teachers have a special tool to safely remove a stuck mouthpiece.

When not using your instrument, keep it in its case to help protect it and prevent possible damage. Never store lesson books or other large items in the case as this could cause damage. Do not expose your instrument to extremes in temperature or store in direct sunlight or near heat sources. Avoid getting it wet.

While playing, the inside of your trumpet collects moisture from warm air blown into it. This moisture must be removed during and after each use by opening the water key into a suitable container. Remove oils and perspiration that can damage the finish by gently wiping the outside of your instrument with a lint free polishing cloth.

The mouthpiece should be cleaned weekly using warm (not hot!) soapy water and the mouth piece brush to remove deposits and keep your instrument sanitary.

Every month or so, your instrument should be disassembled and cleaned to remove the dirt and deposits that can collect inside.Instructions for giving your trumpet a bath are located below. Regular cleaning not only helps keep your instrument sanitary but also ensures your slides and values are working their best.

Even with regular cleaning, plan to have your instrument serviced on a yearly basis by a qualified repair technician. Early summer is a great time to do this. Annual maintenance will keep your instrument in optimal playing condition for years to come.

To give your trumpet a bath


1. On a large towel near a bathtub or sink completely disassemble the trumpet. Set the finger buttons, valve top caps, and felts aside as they generally do not need to be cleaned. It is a good idea to have some kind of container like a dish pan to put the valves, slides, bottom caps, and mouthpiece in so that nothing slides down the drain or gets lost.
2. Soak all the parts in warm (not hot), mild soapy water. 
3. Don't leave the trumpet in the water too long or the lacquer finish can peel off.
4. Run a cleaning snake brush through all the tubes.
5. Scrub the valve casings with a valve casing brush.
6. Rinse all of the parts in clean lukewarm water and dry with a lint free towel or let air-dry.
7. Grease the slides and insert them into the receivers, wiping away any excess grease.
8. Assemble the valves and top caps and finger buttons
9. Add a few drops of oil to the valves and install them taking care to put them back into the casings from which they were removed. Most trumpets have numbers on the valves to assist.