trumpet maintenance for beginners

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by xelaris, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. xelaris

    xelaris New Friend

    Jan 19, 2009
    "scrub that leadpipe..."

    In fact, the bit of my Getzen which looks more weary is that leadpipe.
    For some reasons is the only one which has lost most of the laquer and it's a bit bumpy too.
    The loss of laquer is probably due to the handling of this cornet...

    I've got the coiled brush....time to use it!
  2. Heidi

    Heidi New Friend

    Mar 27, 2009
    Southeast, GA
    What is an acid cleaning? How much does it cost or can you do it yourself? How do you know if your trumpet needs one?
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    That is really dumb advice and only serves to keep the bacteria count in the horn high. Instruments are made out of metal and can and MUST be cleaned regularly to prevent corrosion and keep them mechanically sound. Any gunk in the leadpipe can wander to the valves and make them stick - most likely during a performance.

    Getting back to the metal part, if disassembled and cleaned with care, nothing can "wear" or "damage" the instrument. There is no precision alignment that can go out of whack (if the horn was built correctly).

    My take is to ignore the idiots that seek to add voodoo to the act of caring and feeding the musician. There are enough real issues when playing a trumpet. Keeping an eye on the BS is a very good way to avoid it!

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