Water Key Maintenance

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by pmjinla, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. pmjinla

    pmjinla New Friend

    Dec 9, 2014
    I have a Getzen 700S horn that has Amado style water keys. I have noticed that there is some gunk that has built up in the key itself. How do I go about cleaning that out? I would prefer not to take the key apart. Thanks.
  2. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    You can CAREFULLY try a toothpick, don't get aggressive though or it will break. Sorry, but the best way is to disassemble it.
  3. tjcombo

    tjcombo Forte User

    Nov 12, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    If your Amado is gunked up then it's likely you have crud built up in the tuning slide too. A good soak in lukewarm water with dish washing detergent, a careful clean with a snake followed by a rinse is worth doing. Don't forget to remove the valves first so you don't soak corks and felts.
  4. Comeback

    Comeback Forte User

    Jun 22, 2011
    Fort Wayne, IN
    How long have you been playing the trumpet? Have you received any instruction about horn maintenance and good oral hygiene practices before playing? tjcombo is pointing you in the right direction. Teeth brushing and mouth rinsing prior to playing can be helpful, too, in keeping your trumpet reasonably clean. If you play daily, cleaning your trumpet regularly, say once a month, as tjcombo describes, is great preventive maintenance. Also, you may want to lube your Amados with a drop of valve oil frequently, working the button to distribute the oil.

  5. musicalmason

    musicalmason Forte User

    Dec 14, 2003
    There is no way to effectively clean it without taking it apart. You can make it a bit better with the methods mentioned, but if you want it clean it's got to come apart.
  6. pmjinla

    pmjinla New Friend

    Dec 9, 2014
    Okay then I will learn how to take it apart. As for prevention, I always brush my teeth before I play, and I bathe my trumpet 1-2 times a month.
  7. gchun

    gchun Piano User

    Dec 10, 2003
    Disassemble the amado in a clear plastic bag. It will catch any flying springs/parts and you can still see what you're doing since the bag is clear.
  8. pmjinla

    pmjinla New Friend

    Dec 9, 2014
    That is an excellent idea. Thanks! Let's just hope that I will actually figure out how dis/reassemble the keys. :think:
  9. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    And if not, that is why God created technicians that work in instrument repair. When I screw up my horn "fixing it" I have Gary at Houer Music bail me out. I give Gary lots of work.
  10. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

    Aug 15, 2009
    Google it. There are some videos that talk you through it.

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