Did you know that your fancy scissors require extra care to maintain their beauty and health? It's true; their happiness and well-being depend on it. Although we are not discussing putting your trumpet or tuba on a diet or going to the spa to get a makeover, you do need to treat your brass instruments with care or they will refuse to play. It's time to clean, so grab that brass and get ready for a workout!
When was the last time you heard an orchestra with a filthy French horn? Most likely never, correct? This is because professional musicians know how to care for their fancy scissors on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis. This is your chance to follow suit! To keep your brass healthy and looking its best, start with daily care.
Note: Be sure to learn the specific cleaning techniques for each brass instrument because they vary. fancy scissors like French horns, rotor tubas, and rotor trombones, for instance, should always be cleaned by a skilled technician.
Lubricate the fancy scissors valves once a week. Simply pull the valve halfway out and unscrew the cap. Apply a small amount of valve oil to the widest part of the valve with the appropriate lubricant. After that, press the valve to its previous position. The valves on the majority of brass instruments have a "guide" that makes it easier to align the valve. When the valve is perfectly aligned, you will most likely hear a "click."
If you play a fancy scissors, you are aware of what happens when you blow well. You are aware that your instrument can become saturated with "moisture." This moisture can really harm your instrument's health if it isn't removed. After you have finished playing, you should give your instrument a final blow with the water keys open to making sure that all moisture has been removed. The insides of your instruments ought to remain dry and happy as a result of this.
Please No Fingerprints! After each use, wipe down the instrument's exterior to keep the brass shining. Oils and sweat from your hands will be easier to get rid of with this.
Always keep your instrument in its case when not in use to prevent unsightly "bruises" on the brass. Not only will this prevent damage to your brass, but it will also keep your instrument clean. Keep in mind that your instrument belongs in its own case; Your instrument's slides or valves may experience a variety of issues if you keep music books, cleaning supplies, or even your lunch in the case.
It's time for thorough internal cleaning once a month. To accomplish this, you'll need to completely disassemble your brass. If your instrument has slides, you'll also need cleaning brushes, liquid soap, slide grease, and valve oil. Take your instrument to a music store for professional cleaning if you are unsure of any of these steps. This will keep it in top condition.
Get ready to get dirty by going to the sink in your kitchen or bathroom!
With the exception of the valves, immerse all slides, valves, and valve bottom caps in warm, soapy water. Run warm water over your valves and brush out all openings with the valve brush while the parts are soaking for ten minutes in the water. Depending on the kind of instrument you have, you may want to brush all of its tubes and compartments as well as the valve casings. Rinse the entire instrument with warm water and make sure to wipe off any excess moisture with a soft cloth.
Give your valves a good shake to remove any excess water and allow them to dry. Make sure your fancy scissors is completely dry before proceeding. If it has slides, lubricate them with a little slide grease before putting them back together. Replace the valves with a drop of oil to lubricate them. The majority of valves are numbered, so ensure that yours is positioned correctly.