How To Care For Your Bach Trumpet

Your new Bach trumpet will last you a lifetime if you look after it properly.  Here's a practical guide to daily care and routine maintenance that will keep your trumpet sounding great and in tip-top condition for life!

Before playing

Before you play, oil the trumpet valves so that they perform smoothly.  Unscrew the cap of the first valve and pull the piston half-way out.  Now dress the widest part of the piston with a few drops of valve oil.  Carefully lower the piston back into position, and turn it gently until you hear it click.  Replace the screw cap.

Repeat the process with the other two valves.

Be very careful when handling the pistons that they don't get damaged.  Even the smallest dent can cause a piston to stick in its casing, and that could mean an expensive repair job.

After playing

When you've finished playing, open each water key and blow any residual moisture out of the trumpet. 

Remove the mouthpiece and give it a wash using a mild solution of warm water and washing-up liquid.  Dry the mouthpiece thoroughly and store it safely in the appropriate compartment in your trumpet case.  Don't leave the mouthpiece lying loose in the case as it could damage the soft brass of the instrument if it moves around during transit.

Be sure to remove any finger marks on the trumpet with your special trumpet polishing cloth.  It's important to clean fingerprints off as they contain acid that could damage the trumpet's lacquer finish and ultimately cause tarnishing.  Never use brass polish on your trumpet as this will damage the clear lacquer.  The polishing cloth is all you'll ever need to use.

Always store your trumpet safely in its case with the latches firmly fastened.  Trumpets are quite delicate instruments are are easily damaged if they're knocked.  Don't be tempted to place anything on top of your trumpet, sheet music for example.  This could exert pressure on the slides and cause them to bend.

Monthly maintenance

Completely disassemble your instrument and place all the parts in a large bowl containing a mild solution of washing-up liquid and warm water.  Use the brushes supplied with your trumpet to gently clean the insides of the instrument.  Rinse everything clean, and then dry thoroughly with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Grease the trumpet slides.  Pull the slides out individually and wipe them clean using a soft cloth.  Apply a small amount of slide grease, and place them back into position in the trumpet.

Be very careful when handling the parts of your trumpet that they don't get dented or scratched.  It's a good idea to place a soft towel next to the sink so that you can put the cleaned parts on it, rather than putting them directly onto the hard worktop surface.

In conclusion

As you learn to play your new trumpet, you will grow to love it!  Take good care of your instrument by following the tips for routine maintenance given above, and you'll be rewarded with a lifetime of enjoyment and minimal repair bills.