Oil Your Valves Before and After You Play. Here’s Why:


English: Anatomy of a Périnet (piston) valve. ...
exploded piston valve


I recently re-watched an informative Monette-produced video on valve maintenance and realized that I’m still not quite oiling my valves correctly according to the video below.


Good valve cleaning and maintenance advice for any type of trumpet, not just a Monette. Monette Trumpets in Portland, Oregon make unique trumpets for some great players, including Wynton Marsalis, Ingrid Jensen, Adam Rapa, Manny Laureano, Rashawn Ross (plays a D over triple-high C), Ron Miles, Urban Agnas….  Check out the many Monette horns, at Monette.net.


Great valve oil is clear and absolutely does not smell! There is nothing worse than stinky valve oil. You don’t want to be breathing those nasty petrochemical fumes. Get yourself some Al Cass valve oil (clear and odorless). I used this for decades before switching to the really good stuff, Ultra Pure valve oil, in 2-ounce and 8-ounce sizes .



You can listen to a whole chapter on trumpet maintenance from my book, Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn, from way back in May, 2010.


And here’s a gratuitous (but classic) video of the great Rafael Mendez, who definitely has oiled his valves before this performance of Flight of the Bumblebee and Mexican Hat Dance. Great closeups of his superb embouchure. Some excellent advice on practice, too. What a great player!







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