Care and Maintenance
Tips and instructions for your new instrument
The longevity of your brass instrument depends greatly on the regular care and maintenance given particularly to the moveable components of the instrument which are the valves, triggers and slides.
• Since new instruments do not contain any moisture in the tubing, it is advisable to first rinse the tubing out with clear lukewarm water. This will not only enhance the playability, but will protect the insides from corrosion.
• After every playing session, be sure to empty any saliva or condensation from the instrument by removing and emptying valve slides. If possible, leave the instrument out of the case or gig bag until it has had a chance to dry out.
• Be sure to never carry the instrument by the thumb ring.
Further care and maintenance instructions
• If valves blocks slightly rinse the instrument with lukewarm water added with dishwashing detergent by running clear water directly through the valves. At the same time move the valves.
• Rotary-valves:The main tuning slide and the valve slides should always be greased slightly. Lubricate the outer linkages at the maschine from time to time with the Miraphone spindle bearing lubricant oil. More...
• Once every 3 months or so, take out the valve slide and remove all grease and debris using the cleaning cloth. Rinse the slide with lukewarm water and dry thoroughly. Evenly distribute Miraphone slide grease onto the valve slides. Special tuning trigger oil should be used for the tuning.
• Interior Cleaning: Regularly rinse instrument with lukewarm water by running clear water directly through the valves.
• Lacquer Care: Remove debris on the surface of the lacquer using a non-abrasive cleaning cloth and the La Tromba Lacquer Care. For silver or gold plated instruments, us a silver or gold polish (available at specialty retailers and hardware stores).
Do not use conventional polishes for cleaning the surface of your instrument. These could cause damage to the lacquer. Take care not to scratch the lacquered surface with objects such as rings, watches or belt buckles.