Did you know that the health and beauty of your brass requires special attention? It's true, their well-being and happiness depend on it. Although we are not talking about putting your snorkel on a weight loss program or taking your trumpet to the spa for a makeover, you should treat your brass carefully or they will come back to go out and play. So, take this brass and get ready for a workout – it's time to clean up!
When did you last see a dirty French horn in the orchestra? Probably never, no? This is because professional musicians know how to take care of their instruments every day, every month and every year. Now you have the chance to do the same thing! Starting with daily care, follow these tips to maintain the health and beauty of your brass.
Note: Because brass varies, be sure to learn the specific cleaning methods for your particular instrument. For example, rotor instruments such as French horns, rotor tubas and rotor paperclips should always be cleaned by an experienced repairer.
Once a week, lubricate the valves on your brass instrument. Simply unscrew the cap of the valve and extract the valve halfway. Using the proper lubricant, apply a drop of valve oil on the widest part of the valve. Then replace the valve in its original position. The valves of most brass have a "guide" that helps you align the valve. Most of the time, you will hear a * click * when you have perfectly aligned the valve.
If you play a brass instrument, you know what happens after a good blowing session. You know, "moisture" can accumulate inside your instrument. If it is not removed, this moisture can make a real number on the health of your instrument. To be sure that you have removed all the moisture from your instrument after you have finished playing, you want to make one last hit with the open wrenches. This should help keep the inside of your instruments happy and dry.
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To keep your brass shiny, make sure to wipe the outside of the instrument after each use . This will help remove the oils and perspiration left behind by your hands.
To save your brass from unsightly "bruises", make sure you always put your instrument in its case when it is not in use. This will not only spare your brass some damage, but it will also keep your instrument clean. Remember that the case of your instrument is for your instrument; Storing music books, cleaning supplies, or even your lunch inside the case can lead to all kinds of problems with the slides or the valves of your instrument.
Once a month Complete internal cleaning time
To do this, you must completely disassemble your brass. You will also need some supplies, including cleaning brushes, liquid soap, sliding grease (if your instrument is equipped with slides) and valve oil. If you are uncomfortable with any of these steps, bring your instrument to a music store for professional cleaning to keep it in perfect condition.
Head to your bathroom or sink and get ready to get dirty!
- Remove all slides, valves and caps from the valves and place them, except the valves, in lukewarm, soapy water. Dip the pieces in the water for 10 minutes
- While your pieces are soaking, run hot water on your valves and use the brush to brush all the openings. Shake your valves well to remove excess water and let it dry
- Depending on your type of instrument, you will want to brush all its tubes and compartments as well as the valve housings
- Rinse the entire instrument with warm water and make sure to wipe off any excess moisture with a soft cloth. Before proceeding to the next step, you must make sure that your instrument is completely dry.
- If your instrument is equipped with slides, apply a small amount of grease and put everything back in place.
- Replace valves apply a drop of oil on each to lubricate. Most valves are numbered, so be sure to put yours back in the right place.
Here it is! You have finished. You can now drag this trombone or transmit this Trumpet to your heart's content. Because you have treated your brass with a clean attention, it will serve beautiful music for years to come! Play this horn, dad-O!