How to Care For Your Instrument

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Importance of Keeping Your Instrument Dry and Clean


Brass Instruments


Piston Valves

Tips on Avoiding Trouble

Cleaning Valves

Replacing Cork and Felt Bumpers


Corroded Valve Caps and Pistons

Cleaning Valve Slides

Cleaning Mouthpiece

Cleaning Inside Tubing

Cleaning Outside

Slide Trombones

Analyzing Slide Trouble

Tips on Avoiding Trouble

Why Hand Slides Require Careful Handling

Cleaning Inside of Hand Slide

Cleaning Outside of Inside Hand Slide

Cleaning the Cork Barrel


Cleaning Inside the Bell

Taking Tuning Slide Out

Rotary Valves

Tips on Avoiding Trouble

Installing New Strings

Oiling the Bearing of the Rotary Valve

Cleaning the Valves

Installing New Corks

Bass Trombone Rotary Valves

Care of Thin and Soft Bell


Woodwind Instruments



Tips on Avoiding Trouble

Detecting Leaks

Eliminating Leaks

Adjusting Springs

Lacquer on Pads

Tone Hole Sockets

Other Troubles

Cleaning Inside

Cleaning Outside

Caring for Mechanism


Tips on Avoiding Trouble

Wood Clarinets

Protect from Moisture

Repairing Cracks

Protect fro Dryness

Protect from Temperature Changes

Keep Tenons Greased

Protect Bridge Keys

Keep Clarinet Clean

Oiling Key Mechanism

Flute & Piccolos

Cleaning Head Joint

Cleaning Outside

Cleaning Pads


Small Bore

Many Articulated Keys

Bridge Keys


Putting It Together

Care of Crook

Protect from Moisture

Protect from Quick Temperature Changes

Cleaning and Oiling




Drum Heads



Care and Preservation of Reeds

Storing Instruments