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Brass Tech Tips

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Brass Instrument Care Tips

Contributed by: Rod Myers - Valparaiso Shop Manager

  • Stuck Mouthpieces (Relates to all brass instrument) - One problem many brass players encounter is finding that they have a stuck mouthpiece.  If you run into this problem and cannot remove the mouthpiece using only your hand pressure, check with your band director first as they might have the proper tool, a mouthpiece puller, to remove the stuck mouthpiece.  DO NOT USE PLIERS, VICE-GRIPS OR OTHER VISES, as these methods will always leave marks on the mouthpiece or cause serious damage to the instrument.  If your band director does not have the proper tool, Q&F will be happy to remove the mouthpiece for you.  You can leave your instrument with your director and a Q&F representative will pick it up for repair on the next scheduled day. 
  • Trumpets - Trumpet Valves must be clean and well oiled. Remove one valve at a time - rinse it off - wipe with a clean soft cloth and apply valve oil on the surface. Replace the valve. Remove the next valve and repeat the same process. Occasionally the mouthpiece may become stuck in the instrument. If it does not come out readily, take it to the music store to have it removed. NEVER attempt to remove it with pliers or other tools.
  • Trombone - Trombone Slides must be carefully handled. The slide should be wiped clean every day or so and slide oil applied to the inner slide. This will assure smooth effortless slide action. Be sure the slide lock is engaged at all times when your child is not playing. A dent could put your child out of action and the instrument in the repair shop. Occasionally the mouthpiece may become stuck in the instrument. If it does not come out readily, take it to the music store to have it removed. NEVER attempt to remove it with pliers or other tools.