Five Accessories You Need for the Trumpet
In this blog post, we'll explore five essential accessories tailored for every trumpet player. From valve oil to cleaning snakes and mouthpiece brushes, each tool will help you maintain your trumpet with ease. Let's step into the world of trumpet accessories!
1. Valve Oil
Valve oil will keep your valves moving smoothly. If they are feeling a bit hard to push down or aren’t coming back up when you push them down, this can usually be fixed by oiling your valves.
2. Slide Cream/Oil
Slide cream (or slide oil) will keep your valve slides moving smoothly. As you need to move them while you are playing, it’s important to use a thin lubricant that allows you to operate the slides quickly. If you find yourself without slide cream/oil, valve oil will do the trick. However, it evaporates quickly and you will have to reapply frequently, so it's better to have some cream or oil on hand for your valve slides.
3. Slide Grease
Slide grease is thicker than slide cream and is good for the main tuning slide, as you don’t need this to move freely while playing. Remember to move this slide in and out occasionally to stop it from seizing up.
4. Cleaning Snake
Cleaning snakes are a long cable with small brushes on both ends. You can pull it through your leadpipe and slides to remove any accumulated build up. This is the safest way to clean your trumpet, as non-flexible brushes designed for other purposes may cause dents to your instrument.
5. Mouthpiece Brush
The mouthpiece brush is shorter than your cleaning snake and the perfect size for leaving your mouthpiece spotless. The small size mouthpiece brush from Yamaha is suitable for trumpet and comes in a case to keep it in good condition.