Trumpet Cleaning

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  1. deano56

    deano56 New Friend

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    Do any of you take your horns in for a professional cleaning or just do it yourself? Can a shop do anything that I cannot?
     
  2. Comeback

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    i often take a newly acquired used horn in for a chem clean, replacement of wear parts, and alignment check. My tech can get it really clean and do any repairs I want done as well. I have done this with my last couple used instruments. Now my Strad, which had been used very little, has not had this sort of treatment; it just did not seem necessary.
    Jim
     
  3. Peter McNeill

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    The rotaries go to the shop yearly for clean and service.

    My pistons will only go to the tech if I have a ding or something stuck - like a slide, or too loose (main slide slipping etc).
    Cleaning is normally done by me, but while in the shop a chemical clean usually is done. Valve alignment check is done by me (thanks Stumac for the mirror), but a Tech will make the adjustments.


    Hard to blame equipment if it is not maintained.

    BTW the second half of your question Can c do what you cannot> Yes. Sonic and chemical clean would be a easy job for them, and the equipment used by techie to pull slides, expand a sleeve etc. Good techs should be good friends...
     
  4. keigoh

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    I always clean my trumpet at home with a Q-tip and Yamaha Brass Soap.
    It does have a few dents here and there, maybe it's about time I take it to the shop.
     
  5. motteatoj

    motteatoj Mezzo Forte User

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    clean monthly at home and annually get pro cleaned at tech
     
  6. trickg

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    I think us trumpeters have it easy in that our instruments are fairly easy to clean and maintain, and don't really need much in the way of servicing. In the 30+ years I've played, I've had a horn professionally cleaned maybe twice, and that was only because it was something I added in when I had to take a horn in for a repair, and even with that, I've rarely had to take a horn in for a repair. I think I've had to have a horn worked on a few times out of necessity (and one of those was as much a cosmetic thing as anything else) and another time because I wanted to get a horn cleaned up because I was going to give it to my niece.

    I pretty much just get by with a mouthpiece brush, a valve casing brush, a snake and a valve casing swabbing rod. Every month-ish I give the horn a once-over. It's mostly to keep buildup off of the valves and out of the valve casings, and to keep the mouthpiece shank, leadpipe and tuning slide clear - I brush out the rest, but there's never a discernable amount of buildup in any of the rest of the horn.
     
  7. tobylou8

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    Follow Patrick's advice and you will only need a tech for repairs and restoration work.
     
  8. Ed Lee

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    My thinking is that about half the instruments that are played are in the hands and at the lips of students, very few which I believe are responsible enough to have the regimen and acumen to properly clean an instrument. This includes college performance majors IMO!
     
  9. trickg

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    Ed, I know semi-pro players who don't clean their horns on a regular basis, and in a couple of one-off instances where I borrowed a horn, or took someone else's horn for a test spin, it's been alarming to me just how dirty some of those horns have been.
     
  10. motteatoj

    motteatoj Mezzo Forte User

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    trickg,
    Is this what you mean by casing swab?
    Valve Casing Cleaner Tool for Trumpet Cornet Flugelhorn Baritone Euphonium | eBay
     

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