Instrument Maintenance

Let's clean those instruments!

General Woodwind Cleaning Tips (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone)
Never get wood instruments, cork, pads, or felts very wet. They will be destroyed. 
Don't put a woodwind instrument in the bath.
You can wipe mouthpieces down with soap and water, but don't submerge the cork. You can wipe the cork.
If you don't have cork grease, small amounts of Vaseline will work.
Dry cork will rip off when you put the instrument together. Use grease or vaseline. 


Flute
There is a cork in at the end of the mouthpiece. Keep that dry. 
Keep all the pads under the keys dry.
You can run a cleaning wipe through the center of it a few times, but run the swap through next.
Hand wash your swab in soapy water. The washing machines will destroy it.
If you'd like to buy cleaning supplies:
    Silk Swab


Clarinet
If you'd like to buy cleaning supplies:
    Silk Swab (The other swabs get stuck. Stick with silk.)
    Bass Clarinet Reeds (The tenor jazz reeds make great bass clarinet concert reeds)


Saxophone
If you'd like to buy cleaning supplies:
    Silk Swab (Don't get the feathery ones... they keep moisture in the saxophone.)


General Brass Cleaning Tips (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba)

Brass mouthpieces can go in the dishwasher! I use the utensil rack.
Always use lukewarm water on brass instruments. Hot water can destroy finishes.
Hand was valves and don't take them apart. 
Keep valves in order when you take them out so you can put them back in correctly. Some have numbers on them to help.
Use soft cloths or sponges to wipe instrument parts. No scour pads.
We don't use regular tools to get instruments apart if they are stuck. Pliers have rubber padded teeth so that instruments aren't scratched and destroyed.
Don't use pliers on the mouthpiece. The lead pipe will twist and be destroyed before it comes out. You need our specialized tool.
If you have an issue getting an instrument a part, please ask.
We have plastic coated snakes, but you won't, so just soak in soapy water and rinse the insides of slides the best you can.


Trumpet
No need to take the valves apart. Wipe them down in running water and don't get the felt under the top cap wet.
If you'd like to buy cleaning supplies:
    Valve Oil
    1st and 3rd Valve Slide Grease (We use STP oil in our shop if you have that)


Horn
If you'd like to buy cleaning supplies:
    Valve Oil
    Slide Grease (We use STP oil in our shop if you have that)


Trombone
Be very careful to not bump the inner slide. The slightest bend will stop the the trombone from working.
If you'd like to buy cleaning supplies:
    Trombone cleaning snake
    Valve Oil (For trombones with an F attachment rotary valve)
    Tuning Slide Grease (We use STP oil in our shop if you have that) - Not for the main slide!


Tuba/Euphonium
Valves are usually marked with a number, but keep them in order just in case. 
The biggest issue is losing/stepping on the spring under the valve. Take the valves out, and then take the springs out safely.
If you'd like to buy cleaning supplies:
    Slide Grease (We use STP oil in our shop if you have that)


Percussion
You can easily wipe your sticks and pads with a cleaning wipe. You win!
I wouldn't submerge your practice pad in water.


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