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I envision this page being a spot where you can tell it what instrument you currently have, and it'll show you how to take care of it using the following:

 

  • Video (general overview of how to take care of it)

  • Text (in the style of a blog post)

  • FAQ (most common issues/questions for quick reference)

I want it to be very dynamic in that the elements of the page change whenever the value in the dropdown box changes. So if a user selects "Trumpet", the following things will happen:

  • The "Instrument" text in the blog post title will change to say "Trumpet"

  • The Image to the right of the dropdown box will change to image of a Trumpet

  • The video will change to a Trumpet video

  • The text will change to say Trumpet related things

  • The FAQ's will change to reflect FAQ's relating to Trumpets

How to Care for

Your Instrument

Which category of instrument do you currently have?

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Instrument Care & Maintenance

Oil your valves every time you play, or at least three times per week. Unscrew the top valve from the valve casing, and pull the valve out in a straight line. Do not twist. Apply valve oil, coating the entire valve. You may want to first wipe off the valve to remove debris before applying new oil. Do not oil your valves from the bottom caps.

 

Slide grease keeps slides airtight and maintains smooth movement. Vaseline should never be used because it is corrosive to brass.

Moving and greasing all slides and bottom caps once a month will help prevent slides and caps from sticking.

To clean the tuning slide receivers, take a clean cloth and insert it into the slot of the cleaning rod. Be careful not to make the cloth too big or it will tear when you try to clean the receivers. Work the cloth back and forth in receivers several times until it comes out clean.

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General Care Tips for Brass Instruments

  • You can wash the mouthpiece with warm, soapy water, making sure you dry the inside thoroughly. The mouthpiece should not have any dents in the end of the shank. If the mouthpiece gets stuck, do not attempt to remove it. Our repair department has a special tool for removing it.

  • Wipe down the exterior of all brass instruments with a non-treated cloth to remove fingerprints and residue.

  • Pitch is affected by temperature. Be sure to warm up your instrument before playing by blowing air through it.

  • It is recommended that all brass instruments be taken to a professional repair technician at least once a year for general maintenance and professional cleaning. Doing so may prevent costly repairs in the future. Regular maintenance and professional chemical cleaning will also help prevent and retard "red rot", a form of corrosion that eats through brass.

  • Broken solder joints should not be ignored. Have a qualified repair technician check out your instrument as soon as possible.

  • Never set anything on top of your brass instrument, whether inside or outside of its case; this includes sheet music! Damage occurs easily when items are placed on the instrument and the case is closed. Make sure your case is secure and all hinges, latches, and handles are securely fastened to the case.

  • Never leave a brass instrument in a hot car or in your trunk. Extreme temperatures can damage your horn.

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Brass instruments should be flushed out once a month to clean out any accumulation of dirt and to prevent corrosion. A good place to do this is in a bathtub. Fill the tub with lukewarm water and a mild soap (not detergent). Remove all tuning slides. Unscrew top and bottom valve caps, removing the valves at the same time. Any felts on valves should be removed so they don't get wet.

Place instrument in water and flush interior with water and soap. Use a snake brush to clean tubes of tuning slides and bore of instrument. The snake brush can also be used on trombone slides, inside and outside.

Once all tubing has been cleaned, remove instrument and dry with a soft cotton cloth. Place any felts on valves and reassemble using a high quality valve oil. Reassemble tuning slides using a lanolin based slide grease (never Vaseline). A good practice to get into is to always push the tuning slides closed when you're finished playing (primarily because this prevents the air from drying out the grease, and also, you'll have to re-tune anyway).

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Trumpet FAQ'S

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Still Need Help?

Feel free to bring in your instrument so that we may take a look at it! We've got an excellent repair facility and experienced technicians who can fix pretty much anything!

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