Cleaning valves in a clean trumpet

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  1. BrotherBACH

    BrotherBACH Piano User

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    I have to use my "back up" trumpet while the other is in the shop getting fixed. The back up has not been used since its last cleaining but the values are very sluggish. Is all that is required is fresh oil or do the valves have to be cleaned prior to using since the old oil has obviously gooed-up. If so, how does one clean valves in a clean trumpet without a complete bath again.... pain in the butt.

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  2. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    I would clean them. I use cheesecloth wrapped around a cleaning rod and soaked with lighter fluid.

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  3. BrassEye

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    I use chamois leather with a shoelace attached to it to pull through the valve casing as a swab. I also wipe down the pistons with this. If I was still having problems I'd use naptha, but usually a "wipe and swab" does the job; it depends on how gooey the oil has become.
     
  4. BrotherBACH

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    Thank you for the advice. The trumpet I am talking about is my Mt. Vernon. Wouldn't lighter fluid hurt the lacqure if any got on it by accident?

    BrotherBACH
     
  5. oldlou

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    Zippo lighter fluid is also known as naptha. It has never harmed the lacquer on any of my horns. Of course, I don't soak the finish with the stuff. Just enough to thin out or remove the crud in the casings. On the pistons there is no lacquer, so have at it. BTW, be sure to reoil the valve assemblies with a good quality synthetic valve oil, getting rid of the petroleum product that leaves the varnish residue after evaporation. Personally, I like Hetmans.



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  6. tobylou8

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  7. BrassEye

    BrassEye Pianissimo User

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    I would certainly be careful. However, I can't speak from experience as my horn is silver not lacquer. Remember that not all lacquers are created equal, so someone else's experience may not directly apply.
     
  8. codyb226

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    The Mt. Vernon is your back up? You must have a great main horn!

    I would just wash them in soapy water to get the grime and oil off of them then I would just apply new oil.
     
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  9. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    Just run water through the valve casing while using a standard valve brush covered in dish washing liquid. Rinse the pistons off while rubbing with your hand. Oil them up and play.
     
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  10. Bob Grier

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    I use Alisyn Solvent Cleaner. It's made for brass instruments and won't harm the finish. Available at most music stores, it dries fast and doesn't leave any residue. I spray it in the casings and run a cotten cloth with a cleaning rod through them until clean. I clean off the pistons with it. great for that quick clean you're looking for.

    The Alisyn company makes cleaners and lubricants for the space industry.
     

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