Trombone – Instrument Care

Trombone Care

  1. Prepare warm water in the bath tub. (Enough water to submerge the instrument) (Not hot water. Hot water will remove the finish)
  2. Put a towel, or rubber matt in the bottom of the bathtub.
  3. Mix some dishwashing detergent and 1 cup of baking soda in the warm water.
  4. Take the trombone completely apart.
  5. Submerge all parts of the trombone in the warm water.
  6. Use the snake to scrub the insides of the trombone.
  7. Rinse with warm water.
  8. Set out on a dry towel.
  9. Towel-dry all parts of the outside of the trombone.
  10. Leave the trombone out overnight or about six hours.
  11. Apply slide cream to the slide and tuning slide.
  12. Apply the slide oil to the slide.
  13. Move back and forth vigorously around 40 times
  14. Spray water with a water bottle on the slide. Again move the slide back and forth vigorously around 40 times

Do this approximately once per month.

Note: If a part of the instrument will not come apart, then please bring the instrument to Mr. Shepard. Please do not use pliers, hammers, etc. to disassemble an instrument. I have special tools to remove parts that are jammed, etc.

After playing your instrument, use a soft polishing cloth, to wipe fingerprints, and oils left by our hands, from the outside of the instrument.

Mouthpiece Care – Weekly clean your mouthpiece with warm water and dish detergent, not dishwasher detergent. Use a mouthpiece brush to clean your mouthpiece.

Items needed to clean your instrument.

Mouthpiece brush – $2.00

Instrument Snake – $5.00

Slide Cream – Superslick – $2.00

Slide Oil – Superslick – $2.00

Water bottle – $2.00

Soft Polishing Cloth – $3.00

You can purchase these from Mr. Shepard. Please make checks payable to YMS. You can purchase these items online or at a local music store like Music Time 2214 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32218 (904) 696-9882.