swab or soak?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Pat S, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Pat S

    Pat S Piano User

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    Trumpet cleaning time! I would love to hear your insights into cleaning technique. Do you swab out your lead pipe and valve casings with some manner of swab, or do you just soak the horn. What are you folks using for a cleaning solution? I'd heard that Simple Green is the best to use. Thanks for your help!
     
  2. codyb226

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    I use a snake and some bottle brushes. Soaking may not be enough and if it is a lacquered horn and it soaks in hot water the lacquer will start to come off. Cleaning solution, dawn dish soap and warm water.
     
  3. SteveRicks

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    what Cody said. Dawn is great. Even used to clean oil soaked birds. Make it fairly strong. Soak, then swab.
     
  4. codyb226

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    Another note, dont use a snake that has a metal tube. I use a plastic coated one so it will not scratch the inside of the leadpipe and make caverns for red rot to grow.
     
  5. SteveRicks

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    Yeah, back in the old days all they had was a coiled spring like metal wire with brushes on the end. I like he plastic now on some of them. Always wondered why they don't put more brush on them. Never feel like it is doing a good job scrubbing. If someone would double or triple the bristles, they ould be the top seller.
     
  6. Pat S

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    So do you snake the lead pipe, too?
     
  7. VetPsychWars

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    Soak in Dawn then brush for me too, including the mouthpipe.

    Tom
     
  8. the newbie

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    I tear a little corner off a sponge then push that through the leadpipe with a snake brush. Works great. just something i discovered myself.
     
  9. LH123

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    Try the HW Brass-Saver brushes. H.W. Products, Inc.
     
  10. tedh1951

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    I start by polishing the trumpet - if needed - or the salt/carb soda bath solution if necessary - then I put the silver trumpets in hot soapy water (a good squirt of Dawn, or equivalent - my choice is Palmolive 'cause that's what the cook buys for me to wash up with) and then let it soak until the temp begins to come off the water. Then I snake the entire airway including the leadpipe with a plastic cored snake. The valves of course are lying on the bench and they get cleaned seperately. Drain all the waste water - examine all the bits of junk that come out of the trumpet, and vow to clean more often. Then finish this stage with a very thorough rinse in clean warm water. I wipe the trumpet down and place it in a warm place to air dry for a couple of hours - usually overnight. Then a quick hand polish, re-lube, and reassembly - then a few favourite tunes to prove how much better the instrument sounds when clean. (Like washing and polishing the car makes it go faster.)
     
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