Trombone Care Kit

  1. Wash your hands and brush your teeth before you play. This helps to keep the instrument free of acids and sugars that can damage the precious metals.

  2. Apply slide oil/cream as necessary to each slide stocking (when they stick) with a thin coating one slide at a time. Wipe off the old cream before reapplying new. Make sure the slide is inserted properly so that the locking mechanism matches up.

  3. Check tuning slide weekly for mobility. Wipe off old grease first. Then spread a thin coating of fresh grease and work it through the entire length of the tuning slide.

  1. Bathe your trombone monthly:

    1. Fill tub with warm water (hot water can damage the lacquer) and mild dish soap.

    2. Lay a towel on the bottom of the tub to prevent scratching the instrument.

    3. Remove the tuning slide and separate the hand slide. Run the flexible brush (snake) through any part of the trombone that you can.

    4. Rinse with cool water and leave to air dry – no need to blow-dry.

    5. Reassemble the instrument, applying new slide oil/cream & slide grease.

    6. Remember…never force anything, and put slides together straight so as not to dent or flatten.

  2. Use your microfiber cloth to polish your trombone weekly to remove fingerprints and keep the finish looking new.

  3. Weekly, clean the mouthpiece using the mouthpiece brush, soap and water. If you are sick, wash the mouthpiece after every time you play. Mouthpiece may be cleaned with mouthpiece freshener/mist.  

  4. Never tap the mouthpiece in the lead pipe. If it gets stuck, bring it in immediately. DO NOT try to remove with any household tool.