Care of Your Rental Trumpet

Congratulations on choosing the trumpet! We're excited for you to start on your musical journey! Here are some tips to help you take care of the trumpet. If you have any other questions or concerns, visit our shop and speak to a technician! We'll be happy to help you out.


  • The instrument can be held from any of the non-moving pieces, i.e. not from the valves or the slides.
  • During and when finished playing, excess moisture should be removed prior to storing the instrument.
  • Tim's Music will pull stuck mouthpieces for free. Please do not attempt to remove stuck mouthpieces on your own.
  • Once every four to six weeks, with adult supervision, the instrument should be given a bath: remove valves and wipe off the old valve oil, then set aside. Fill bathtub with lukewarm water and a little dish soap. Completely disassemble the rest of the instrument and submerge components (including instrument, not including valves) in the soapy water. Use a valve casing brush (sold at Tim's Music) to brush out the metal cylinders that normally house the valves. Use a trumpet snake (sold at Tim's Music) to brush out the slides, the slide receivers, and the leadpipe. Rinse off the whole instrument, allow some time to air dry after removing excess moisture, then re-lubricate and reassemble.