Home Brass Repair Trumpet Maintenance

How to maintain your Trumpet...

1) Play your horn on a regular basis.
If your horn is not played regularly it may develop issues due to oil and grease drying up. This will leave a gunky residue or rust which require special attention by our shop brass specialist.

2) Inspect your horn before practice and performances. Every time you pick up your horn take the time to move all slides and valves, including inspection of the water key.  If you notice a problem give us a call for a free evaluation. Remember, small problems are much easier to resolve, as well as less expensive to fix, than big ones.  Don't let a small problem turn into a big one, due to ignoring the issue. It is also recommended to inspect you horn after practice and performances.

3) Keep your instrument clean Please do not eat and then play your horn. If you have a meal or any drinks, other than water, take the time to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth first.  A clean mouth leads to a clean horn. Sugars and acids from food and drinks can cause permanent damage if they are blown through your horn and not attended to. Give your horn a bath once a month. This can be done by the player at home. We can teach you how to clean your instrument safely, and set you up with a care kit (cleaning accessories). Even with the best cleaning care by the owner the horn may experience valves starting to hang up or the horn is a little stuffy (just isn't playing right). This may require professional cleaning (sonic cleaning) in the tank. This is done by gently shaking loose the accumulated residue build-up you can't reach with a home bath.

4) Keep horn in the case (not on a stand). Horns left out of cases or sitting on stands are more likely to develop lots of dents and dings from contact with other horns or people. Sometimes dents cannot be avoided and are just cosmetic. Others can affect the performance of the horn. The good news is most dents can be removed. Please handle your horn with care at all times.
If the unexpected happens, below is a rough guide to how much we'll charge to fix it:
(We encourage you to bring the horn in for a free estimate.)