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Health and Beauty Tips for Your Brass: Keep It Shiny!
Did you know that the health and beauty of your brass instruments require extra special attention? It's true-their wellbeing and happiness depend upon it. While we're not talking about putting your tuba on a weight-loss program or taking your trumpet to the spa for a makeover, you do need to treat your brass instruments with care or they'll refuse to come out and play. So, grab that brass and get ready for a workout-it's time to clean!
When was the last time you saw a dirty French Horn in the orchestra? Probably never, right? That's because professional musicians know how to take daily, monthly, and yearly care of their instruments. Now's your chance to do the same! Starting with daily care, follow these tips to maintain the health and beauty of your brass.
Note: Because brass instruments vary, be sure to learn the specific cleaning methods for your particular instrument. For example, rotor instruments like the French horns, rotor tubas, and rotor trombones should always be cleaned by an experienced repairperson.
Once a week, lubricate the valves on your brass instrument. Simply unscrew the valve cap and draw out the valve half way. Using the appropriate lubricant, apply a drop of valve oil to the widest part of the valve. Then, press the valve back to its original position. The valves on most brass instruments have a "guide" that helps you to line up the valve. Most often, you'll hear a *click* when you've got the valve perfectly aligned.
If you play a brass instrument, you know what happens after a good session of blowing. You know, "moisture" can build up inside of your instrument. If it's not removed, this moisture can do a real number on the health of your instrument. To be sure you've removed all moisture from your instrument after you're done playing, you'll want do a final blow with the water keys opened. This should help to keep the insides of your instruments happy and dry.
No Fingerprints Please
To keep your brass shining, be sure to wipe down the outside of the instrument after each use. This will help remove oils and perspiration left by your hands.
To spare your brass from unsightly "bruises," be sure to always store your instrument in its case when its not being used. Doing so will not only spare your brass from damage, but it'll also keep your instrument clean. Remember, your instrument case 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 valves of your instrument.
Once A Month It's Thorough Internal Cleaning Time
To do this, you'll need to take your brass apart completely. You'll also need some supplies, including cleaning brushes, liquid soap, slide grease (if your instrument has slides), and valve oil. If you're not comfortable with any of these steps, take your instrument to a music shop for a professional cleaning to keep it in tip top shape.
Head to your bathroom or kitchen sink and get ready to get dirty!
Voila! You're done. You can now go slide that trombone or toot that trumpet to your heart's content. Because you treated your brass with cleanly attention, it'll serve up beautiful music for years to come! Play that horn, Daddy-O!
Jon Butt is the publisher of Musical Instruments Guide , a free resource dedicated to all things musical. From electric guitars to drum sets, tubas to bagpipes, and every musical accessory in-between, the Musical Instruments Guide is packed full of informative articles, find top-rated musical instruments and online merchants
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