Introducing an entire washing of brass instruments that you’ll want to practice because I have a lot of time on your hands staying at home. Not only does it become clean, but it’ll also make you want to take good care of your instrument. When you’re finished reading this, you will want to give your instrument a bath!
What to prepare
★Things to use when washing your instrument
・Container for the instrument
Use a wash bowl or bathtub for the tube, and use a small container for small parts.
・ Flexible cleaning tool
・ Brass soap or a neutral detergent
・ Mouthpiece brush
★ What to use when wiping off the moisture
・ Cleaning rod
・ Cotton swab
★ Things to use when assembling
・ Valve oil
① Disassembly of Trumpet
Remove the insertion / extraction tube, pistons, and bottom cap.
The pistons are further disassembled. The felt is not washed, so remove it and replace it if it is
② Washing the instrument
Wash the instrument with brass soap or mild detergent in lukewarm water. If you have a flexible cleaning tool, you can wash the bent part inside the pipe as well. Use the brush inside the mouthpiece.
Be careful not to leave any detergent on the instrument.
④ Wipe off the water
Use gauze, a cleaning rod, swabs, etc. to remove the water in the tube. It is easy to use a cotton swab on the pistons.
⑤ Replenish the oil
Apply grease and valve oil when assembling.
If you are concerned about the discoloration of the instrument, polish it using polish.
So, I’ve introduced how to wash the trumpet. You will feel refreshed if you can wash yours completely. When the inside of the pipe is clean, the feeling of blowing may change. It may be better to avoid cleaning just before an important performance such as a concert or competition. Please try washing your trumpet completely, for which you have plenty of time now.