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

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by cdave, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

    Mar 16, 2011
    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

    ConnDirectorFan Fortissimo User

    Nov 5, 2010
    United States
    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

    Mar 29, 2014
    Oh sorry! I must have misread it! I thought you said he does NOT reference elkhart!
  4. ConnDirectorFan

    ConnDirectorFan Fortissimo User

    Nov 5, 2010
    United States
    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
    AMR U. S. A.
    "Made in Elkhart, Ind."
    Donald E. Getzen Signature
    DEG Caravelle
    Schafer Wisconsin USA (DEG/Dynasty subsidiary)
    Peak -
    Meinl Artist -
    F. Schmidt Musical Instruments -
    York -
    Baldwin/Baldwin Special TU401
    Citation U. S. A.
    Marco USA?
    Conservarte USA -
    Virtu USA FE 521 LTU -
    Besson -
    Boosey & Hawkes 400 - and
    Beltone -
    Philharmonic Special Made in U. S. A. -
    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

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