My trumpet teacher doesn't really believe in cleaning a trumpet with soaps etc as they are 'harsh chemicals'. He uses water only, brushes etc... then uses valve oil to go over the valves, wipe them down (cotton bud etc) then re-oil.
Thing is for me... after a while now... I'm tasting valve oil in my mouth (from the smell).
How can I get rid of this?
Is there something wrong with using soaps down the valves and trumpet etc?
What if you had a $20,000 Raja Monette... would you stick soap through that?
Just wanting to know if there is a "safest" (best) way to clean a horn where nothing will eat into the brass etc over time. So the most productive/safe way to clean it is desirable.