How To Oil Trumpet Valves

How to Oil Trumpet Valves

The first time you use Ultra-Pure Professional valve oil, or when you are changing brands of oils, you should clean the trumpet or rinse off the old oils with the new oil.  See our tips on How to Clean the Trumpet if you want to give the trumpet a full cleaning. Otherwise, just remove the valves and the bottom valve caps, being careful to see how the valves will go back in their casings. If the bottom valve caps are stuck, try using a rubber jar opener to get a better grip. Using pliers can damage the valves, so if you can't remove the caps, take your horn to a music repair shop.

After removing the valves and bottom caps, put the horn over some newspaper and squirt plenty of oil down the casings and the valves to remove the old oils and grime.  Carefully put the valves back into their casings. Wipe off the bottom valve caps before putting them back on the horn.  After two heavy oilings like this, you will have removed all the old oils.

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To re-oil your valves, just unscrew the valve from the casing and put 3 to 5 drops of Ultra-Pure Professional valve oil on each valve.  Then put the valve back into the casing and tighten it. You should do this a few times each week or more often if your valves are sticking.

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For a more thorough job, watch this video from Dave Monette showing how to clean and oil your valves!  Note that the Monette shop uses Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil!

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