oiling trumpet how often

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  1. anthony

    anthony Mezzo Piano User

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    Hi I have a simple question that I asked my teacher BUT I have to ask someone here BECAUSE of the answer I got from him. How often do you oil the horn ? My teacher reply "everytime you play" I asked him again He says "evertime you play" Now does that mean if I practice TAKE A BREAK ... and 2 hours later I have to oil it again or ONLY AN HOUR BREAK OIL AGAIN he just gets annoyed:evil: if I ask he too many questions thank you Anthony
     
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  2. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    Every time you play.

    But that usually means once a day. You shouldn't need to oil every couple of hours unless you're using really thin oil that evaporates very fast... and usually they don't.

    Tom
     
  3. anthony

    anthony Mezzo Piano User

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    Thank you I am using Clarke Terry formula44 valve oil Thanks again is that okay once a day ? Anthony
     
  4. gmonady

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    Depends on the oil. For me, once a week with Ultra Pure.
     
  5. mgcoleman

    mgcoleman Mezzo Forte User

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    Go with the nicely pragmatic answer of "as often as needed." It's different for each horn, player, type of oil used, humidity level, amount of playing, etc. Rather than risk having a valve get sticky on me during a performance or a group rehearsal, I do freshen them up before. Otherwise, I wait until the horn reminds me.
     
  6. bachfella

    bachfella Mezzo Piano User

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    I second what VetPsychWars said. Oil the horn once a day, and when you do, put a drop or two of oil down the leadpipe before you put the mouthiece on. Then, put the mouthpiece on and blow air through the horn while working the valves up and down. The oil forms a protective barrier between your saliva and the brass, helping to fight corrosion. After this once-daily oiling, you should only have to oil your valves again that day if they stick, which they shouldn't.
     
  7. die Bullen

    die Bullen Pianissimo User

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    Jeez this all has me a bit worried. My trumpet teacher never told me to oil the horns daily. I was doing it whenever I thought of it (probably about weekly) unless it was a new horn that needed breaking in. I like the lead pipe trick. I guess it is time to change my trumpet care regimen
     
  8. gbdeamer

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    Is this a late April Fool's joke?
     
  9. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    You will find people like me who say every day you play and others who let it go longer. Valve oil is cheap. Rebuilding worn out valves is expensive. Let the guys with enough money to rebuild their valves worry about how often they oil. You should do it every day.

    In my own case, the valves on my grandfather's trumpet were tight and fast. I listened to the people who said that I didn't have to oil every day. They owe me for a valve rebuild.

    Don't make the same mistake that I did.

    Tom
     
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