Cleaning House

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  1. bluegill

    bluegill New Friend

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    Manny,

    I was just wondering what you do to clean your trumpet, and how often you do clean it. Thanks!

    -Keith
     
  2. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    Funny you should ask...

    ...because my C trumpet is flipping filthy and needs cleaning, pronto! I can say the same for my Bb. I have many nstruments and it's a litle harder to keep track of which is clean, which isn't. I don't have a regular ceaning schedule but I can tell when they need cleaning because I start to miss notes when they're not in proper shape.

    ML
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

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    I think Manny just buys new ones when they get dirty. Here is a pretty good link for the more traditional and (much cheaper) conventional technique:

    Trumpet Cleaning for Students

    Cleaning the leadpipe frequently reduces the need to put the horn in the tub (or buy a new one). Bob Reeves makes a cool swab for that purpose. Keeping the mouthpiece clean helps too. There are some really cool and controversial voodoo techniques, but I won't get into those at the moment.

    Have fun!
     
  4. bluegill

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    Yeah that's what I've been doing for the most part. To prove it, here's a plesant picture of what my trumpet left behind last night after a nice cleaning.
     

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  5. Vulgano Brother

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    Cool photo! You can use that to gross out viola players!
     
  6. bluegill

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    Good idea! But you know, just looking at that picture and remembering how long it took me to clean that thing out makes me feel really glad i chose trumpet over tuba. Not that I ever doubted my choice, but it would suck to clean out a tuba.
     
  7. PSH

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    While I understand that there are people out there that are new to this and that may not know all of the terminology, I think my favorite line is "the valve casing is the hole where the valve was." :D

    and keith, amen about the tuba man. where would you put one even? no way it'll fit in a bathtub...
     
  8. B15M

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    I tacked up a piece of paper in my office and when I clean a trumpet I write it down with the date.
     
  9. rowuk

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    We clean my sons' tuba in the shower. It is no worse than bathing a dog or cat. Makes about the same amount of mess too!
     
  10. talcito

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    Man, every time I clean my horn I lose a full step on my range and I start missing notes all over the map.....Hmmm, maybe I should clean it more often!
     

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