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The Brass Book. A step by step guide to caring for your trumpets, trombones etc. By Greg Moore. Disassembly . How to take apart your horn. Valved Instruments Trumpet, Euphonium, Tuba. 1. Press the valves down to release pressure and gently pull the slides out

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the brass book

The Brass Book

A step by step guide to caring for your trumpets, trombones etc.

By Greg Moore

disassembly
Disassembly

How to take apart your horn

valved instruments trumpet euphonium tuba
Valved InstrumentsTrumpet, Euphonium, Tuba
  • 1. Press the valves down to release pressure and gently pull the slides out
  • 2. Take out valves individually by unscrewing the valve caps 1 at a time
  • The valves are usually numbered so do 1 first then 2….
  • Unscrew the caps on the underside being careful of springs and loose parts
trombone
Trombone
  • Gently remove both tuning slides and place them on a dry cloth
  • That really is it!
oiling and maintenance
Oiling and Maintenance

What to use and where

valved instruments
Valved Instruments
  • Take each valve one by one and grip it underneath the cap.
  • Liberally apply oil all over the piston
  • Apply oil to the rim of the piston and to the rim of the cap so the valve can open easily
  • Reseal with the correct valves placed 1 in 1 etc.
  • Apply slide grease to the slides and rub it into the slides
valved instruments1
Valved Instruments
  • Press the valves down and place the slides into the corresponding areas
  • Wipe off the excess
  • For the undercarriage, swab out the inside with a cotton swab and oil the rim of the valve
  • Make sure the spring is in the correct position and screw back into place
trombones
Trombones
  • Wipe old residue off the slide and apply new “Slide – O – Mix” to the slide
  • For the tuning slide, wipe and apply grease
your horn and water
Your horn and Water
  • Bathing every few months is essential to getting dirt that is deep in the horn out
  • Allow the horn to soak in luke-warm water for no more than 10 min. completely disassembled NO SOAP OR CHEMICALS!!!!!!!
  • A cleaning snake can be used if one is available
  • Take out of the water and drain the excess
  • Once drained allow to dry
  • Wipe and polish with a micro fiber cloth in order to prevent scratching
  • Cleaning changes how the instrument sounds be careful
know what to buy
Know what to buy
  • There are many types of oils
  • Valve oil
  • Rotor oil
  • Rotor valve mix
  • Slide grease vs. Cork grease
  • Slide O Mix