Care of Your Trombone
This simple maintenance routine will keep your trombone playing and looking its best for many years.
Before you play
- Before removing the slide from the case, check to see that the slide lock is locked; then take the slide from the case. Connect the slide to the slide receiver on the bell section and tighten the slide receiver.
- While holding the trombone with your left hand, place the mouthpiece into the mouthpiece receiver and gently twist it. (If your mouthpiece becomes stuck, don't use force or tools to twist it out as your trombone is made of soft brass and damages easily. Amro, and maybe your band director, have a special tool to get stuck mouthpieces out quickly and easily without damaging your trombone.)
- Unlock the slide, pull the inner slide out, put a few drops of slide oil on each side, and insert it back into the outer slide. (The inner slide is a close fit into the outer slide so that air doesn't leak when you play. To keep the slide moving freely without leaking air, keep it clean and be careful not to dent or bend it.)
When you finish playing
- Lock the slide lock (so your slide doesn't fall out and get bent).
- Hold the water key open and blow the moisture out of your trombone.
- Remove the mouthpiece and put it in its special compartment (so it doesn't bounce around in the case and dent your trombone).
- Wipe the fingerprints off your trombone with your trombone polish cloth. (Fingerprints contain acid that will cause your trombone to tarnish and lose its shine.)
- Put your trombone in its case and fasten the latches. (Most trombone damage occurs when it's left out on a chair, a table, a bed, or on the floor. If you'd like to leave it out, use a trombone stand.)
- Check for loose items in your case that could bounce into your trombone and dent or scratch it.
- Don't store anything (music, a towel, paper, etc.) on top of your trombone in its case as they will push on it and bend it.
- Clean your mouthpiece with a mouthpiece brush, dish soap, and warm water.
- Thoroughly clean your trombone's finish with your trombone polish cloth. (Your trombone polish cloth contains just the right amount of polish. Liquid polish is not recommended as it will remove your trombone's lacquer finish.)
- Apply a little grease to the tuning slide. Pull it out, wipe it clean with a soft cloth, rub a small amount of slide grease on both sides, and carefully insert it back into your trombone.
- Every few months wash out the insides of your trombone to keep it sanitary and working smoothly. Disassemble your trombone in a large sink or bathtub of warm water and mild dish soap. (Be very careful with the disassembled parts as the smallest dent will prevent your slide from moving quickly and smoothly. A soft towel on the counter and at the bottom of the sink or tub will cushion any falls.) Use your brushes to gently scrub inside the tubes. Rinse thoroughly and dry off the parts. Apply a small amount of grease to the tuning slide and put it back into your trombone. Apply a few drops of slide oil to the slide, put it back together, and lock the slide lock.
- Bring your trombone to the Amro repair shop at least once a year and any time you feel it's not playing its best. We'll inspect and test it free of charge, usually while you wait. If you have Amro’s Maintenance & Replacement plan, any adjustments and repair it needs are free.