No - the question is this, is it my trumpet or yours? If it's mine it gets a very regular bath (I like playing in the bath) - if it's yours, and it is all grotty, who gives a rats ... ooops who cares - certainly not me, except if we share a gig. Thinks: I've never heard a melodious garbage tip, I bet a dirty trumpet is the same - smells and lowers the tone of the neighbourhood. Perhaps I'm being obtuse, give your little brass mate a bath, mate. It doesn't hurt a bit, and it is really quite cheap. I've had a brand spanking new Barvura from Harrelsons arrive in the post literally within the last hour - I've played a few notes, taken a few pics, guess what's next - right on - into the bath she goes, TONIGHT. Well, you wash a new car don't you? I get to fondle and caress .... ohh, are you all still there? Did I say that out loud? Oh sh..