Cleaning your trumpet: what are the best tools? Is it necessary?

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  1. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

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    Great advice. I never brush my teeth without flossing, too. My best dentist (now retired :-( ) had a poster on the ceiling of one of his treatment rooms so you couldn't miss it that said: "You don't have to floss all your teeth - just the ones you want to keep." I monitor the cleanliness of my horns regularly, and I very rarely have to clean them out. I do use Herco Spitballs after every week's use, though.
     
  2. ConnDirectorFan

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    Well, I already said "but he does mention they are made in Elkhart)..." in my original post...
    As for cleaning, I think both preventative measures [i. e. oral hygiene] and active cleaning [i. e. swab, snake, bath, chemical cleaning] are important to keep a horn in clean shape. I found that my Yamaha trumpet wasn't draining spit due to buildup of something like slide grease in the drain [!!!] despite me taking preventative measures, but sometimes if I haven't the option of fully brushing my teeth before playing, I can simply swab out the horn if particles get in it.
     
  3. Dviglis

    Dviglis Mezzo Piano User

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    Oh sorry! I must have misread it! I thought you said he does NOT reference elkhart!
     
  4. ConnDirectorFan

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    It's fine; I just remembered I have to add Zeus to a list of Blessing Scholastic stencils I am making:

    Blessing Scholastic B-125
    Olds Elkhart
    Zeus ZTR 250 USA
    Keilwerth [Super] De Luxe 2000
    PAMUS
    AMR U. S. A.
    "Made in Elkhart, Ind."
    Donald E. Getzen Signature
    DEG Caravelle
    Schafer Wisconsin USA (DEG/Dynasty subsidiary)
    Peak - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Peak-Trumpet-With-Case/201293584589
    Meinl Artist - http://www.ebay.de/itm/Trompete-Meinl-Artist/251994455866
    F. Schmidt Musical Instruments - http://www.ebay.com/itm/F-Schmidt-Trumpet-SN-C03224-with-Reynolds-case/251848836234
    York - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Trompete-York-Eb/111696370803
    Baldwin/Baldwin Special TU401
    Citation U. S. A.
    Bruno
    Marco USA? http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-GOL...-U-S-A-COMES-WITH-CARRYING-CASE-/311333290075
    Franklin
    Conservarte USA - http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Conservarte-Vintage-Trumpet-with-Case-259760-21175782.html
    Virtu USA FE 521 LTU - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Virtu-Trumpet-FE-521-LTU-Student/251850572856
    Besson - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Besson-Two-Tone-Brass-Trumpet-with-Case-/381153063276
    Boosey & Hawkes 400 - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/B-amp-H-400-Bb-Trumpet-In-Good-Condition-Made-In-The-USA-/331513343920 and http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/B-amp-H-4...oosey-and-Hawkes-Need-Of-Repair-/391045843385
    Beltone - http://comp.uark.edu/~wladams/HornPage/bel-bles/index.htm
    Philharmonic Special Made in U. S. A. - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Philharmonic-Special-Bb-Trompete-U-S-A/171702896219
    Bennett Benetone
    Astro [Blessing Standard]
    PLO Standard [Blessing Standard]
    and the Bundy/Bach 1530/TR300 deserve special mention since they are rather similar to the Scholastic, especially the Bundys with the one-piece contoured valve casings - nearly identical to the Scholastic. Also see http://www.ebay.com/itm/Olds-Pinto-fanfare-3-valve-Trumpet-SN-165361-/251832096869
     

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