Bb: Courtois 305 "Elite", Holton Al Hirt Special (~1966), Benge 3x with Upturned bell (1973)
C: Bach C180-239 (Akwright conversion),
Cornet: Conn Wonder (1900)
Picc: Selmer Paris, ~1971
I only use the toothpaste when the backbore isn't sparkling clean and gleams like the backbore on a new piece. Once you get it perfect with the toothpaste, it'll stay clean just using a brush with soap and warm water. You likely won't have to use the toothpaste again for months.I clean mine every week, just warm water with a brush but I think i'll start trying with toothpaste...
1929 Holton Monster E-flat tuba
1932 Conn 6E New Wonder alto horn
1937 Indiana Band Instrument Company E-flat sousaphone
1956 Holton Super Collegiate trumpet - Copper/Nickel/Brass
1964 Holton Collegiate cornet
1966 Conn 4D Artist "French" horn
1967 Olds Ambassador cornet
1969 King Silver Flair trumpet
1995 Yamaha YEP-321S euphonium
2006 Blessing XL-CR cornet
I like the toothpaste idea - I'll give that a go. My only problem is that when I clean one mouthpiece, I feel the need to clean them all.
When I buy a used one, I boil the crap out of it, dishwashing liquid and mpc brush and we're good to go. Then, about every other day of use or so with the brush.
Back in high school, well, how about NEVER. I'd play it until it backed up enough to push my teeth into my throat. I guess I grew up!
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If you get a used mouthpiece and it looks dull and "gunkie" inside. Use Wright's Brass Polish. It is [B]water baseded and non-abrasive. It will do wonders to an old mouthpiece. It is also great to put on your wire brush and clean your leadpipe with. Rinses clean. After you are done, wash down with soap and water, rinse and take a cotton swab soaked in alcohol, swab the mp throughly and you are in business.
"It is not necessary to understand music;
it is only necessary that one enjoy it"
Leopold Stanislaw Stokowski
I know this seems gross but i only clean it when i clean my trumpet(every 1-2 months). I clean them with dishwashing soap, but I do clean it after i play when i am sick...
Naa...I knew a tuba player who played on a Tuba Exchange Rose MP for a year and never washed it
King Model 601 (my favorite horn so far)
Vincent Bach 3c and 5c
Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps 08, 09
Choctawhatchee Stylemarchers 07,08
I was once sitting in 2nd chair at a gig and gagged as the sheila on 3rd pushed compacted food out of her MP with a knitting needle - said the sound was a bit fuzzy - fuzzy? It was green and furry.
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