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AAA Band Rentals’ guide on how to lubricate a trombone slide.

Welcome to AAA Band Rentals! As your trusted technician and repair shop, we’re here to help you maintain your trombone for optimal performance. Every trombone that leaves our shop is delivered to our customers with a sanitized, ultrasonically cleaned, and adjusted instrument. Here’s how to keep your rental instrument in great condition.


Materials Needed:


• Trombone slide lubricant (cream, oil, or hybrid)

• Cleaning rod and cloth

• Water spray bottle

• Soft, lint-free cloth


Step 1: Clean the Slides


Begin by thoroughly cleaning both the inner and outer slides. Use a cleaning rod wrapped with a cloth to remove any dirt or debris inside the slides. Be gentle to avoid scratching the surfaces. Wipe the outer slides with a soft, lint-free cloth to ensure they are clean and dry.


Step 2: Apply the Lubricant


Choose the appropriate lubricant for your trombone. Here at AAA Band Rentals, we recommend using a quality lubricant suited to your instrument’s needs.


Cream Lubricant:


1. Apply a small amount of cream to the bottom of the inner slides.

2. Spread the cream evenly using your fingers.

3. Insert the inner slides into the outer slides and move them back and forth to distribute the lubricant.


Oil Lubricant:


1. Apply a few drops of oil directly to the bottom of the inner slides.

2. Spread the oil by moving the slides in and out several times.


Hybrid Lubricant:


1. Follow the specific instructions provided with the hybrid lubricant.


Step 3: Use a Water Spray Bottle


After applying the lubricant, spray a fine mist of water on the slides. This helps to activate the lubricant, ensuring a smooth gliding motion. Move the slides back and forth to work the water and lubricant mixture evenly across the surfaces.


Step 4: Test the Slide Action


Test the slide action to ensure it moves effortlessly without sticking. If it still feels stiff, you may need to apply a bit more lubricant or repeat the cleaning process to remove any remaining debris.


Step 5: Regular Maintenance


Regular maintenance is key to keeping your trombone slides in excellent condition. Clean and lubricate the slides as needed, depending on how frequently you play.


Additional Tips:


• Always store your trombone in its case to protect the slides from damage and dirt.

• Avoid using excessive lubricant as it can attract dust and cause buildup.

• We highly recommend bringing your horn back to our shop no less than every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning! This service is free for our rental customers!!


By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable playing experience. Regular lubrication and maintenance not only enhance performance but also extend the life of your trombone. For more tips and professional services, visit us at AAA Band Rentals, or http://www.aaabandrentals.com

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