How often do you clean your trumpet?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by ColinWhite, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. graysono

    graysono Mezzo Forte User

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    In re brushing teeth etc before playing, now that I am retired, it is easy to do. Earlier it wasn't and as above there were always temptations to eat/drink on the gig. And it makes a considerable difference in how long subjectively my horns "feel" clean. I do rinse the mpc each session, and use the mpc brush once a week. Occasionally I snake out the leadpipe every couple weeks if I am in too much of a hurry--not too often--to clean the entire horn. But the really important addition to my hygiene is a Waterpik. The stuff that emerges even after brushing or flossing has convinced me this is the only way to fly. So, I waterpik before rehearsals or practice sessions. After several months of not cleaning a horn which I am playing frequently there is little that flushes out. However, point taken in re the chemistry of saliva. I am going to increase the frequency with which I flush them all.
     
  2. Jfrancis

    Jfrancis Pianissimo User

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    Trumpets once a month - mouthpiece almost daily.
     
  3. phittle

    phittle Pianissimo User

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    Once per month on the horns I play most...complete dis-assembly...snake through slides and tubing, dry and re-oil, re-grease.
     
  4. Lionelsax

    Lionelsax Mezzo Piano User

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    I do it when it really stinks.
     
  5. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    Enough.

    Tom
     
  6. arlington

    arlington Pianissimo User

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    Everyday. To some degree. Mouthpieces too.
     
  7. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

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    Most of my trumpets - the three I play regularly - about every 3-4 weeks. As for my new acquisition - so far it seems about once every 72 years.

    --bumblebee
     
  8. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    This does not bode well for the future Kenny Dorham. Keep it clean man... Keep it clean. This is not a sax with open air exchange. This is a hunk of metal with nooks and crannies to harbor bugs that will nook your cranny.
     
  9. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

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    Not enough, if yesterday's cleaning is any indication:-( I'm ashamed of the amount of stuff that was in the main slide:-o The small connecting tubes in the casing had stuff there as well. Gave it a good soak in warm dish detergent water. Probably why it was retaining water that I couldn't get out before the cleaning. Did the flugle as well, it wasn't as bad. However, getting the third slide trigger mechanism back together was......interesting:oops:
     

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