Baritone Cleaning Instructions
DAILY / WEEKLY CARE
1. Remove valves one at a time and add 2 drops of valve oil. Turn the valve in a circular motion while lowering it back into the casing. This will spread the oil out evenly and allows the valve guide to snap into the guide groove. Add additional oil every 3 days or as needed.
2. Wash the mouthpiece with liquid dish soap. Run the mouthpiece brush back and forth through both ends. Rinse with clean water.
3. Wipe the dirt and smudges off the instrument with the polishing cloth. Give extra attention to the area where your hands hold the instrument to remove perspiration and skin oils.
1. Lay your instrument on a towel and remove the valves and slides. If slides and valves are stuck, do not try to free them. Take your instrument to an experienced repairman.
2. Using a large sink or bathtub, run lukewarm water over and through the valves and slides. Do NOT use hot water. It is important that you do not leave your instrument soaking in the water. Prolonged soaking will damage the lacquer finish.
3. Mix up a small container of liquid soap and water. Dip one snake brush end into the soap solution and run the brush through each slide, then rinse again with lukewarm water. Set the slides upright for the excess water to run out. Leave the slides for a short time to dry out completely.
4. Rinse each valve in the soap solution. Run the mouthpiece brush through the valve holes to clean any particles that may be lodged. Rinse with lukewarm water and wipe dry with a soft cotton cloth.
5. Run lukewarm water through the bell, valve and slide casings. Dip the snake brush end into the soap solution. Work it back and forth on each slide tube casing. Be careful not to allow the brush end to enter the valve casing.
6. Dip the large valve brush end into the soap solution and work it back and forth in the valve casings. Re-dip the valve brush for each casing.
7. Hold the instrument in an upright position and pour the remaining soap solution down the bell. The soap solution will settle in the bottom bow. Rock the solution back and forth several times.
8. Rotate the instrument so the solution flows and settles in the first branch. The instrument is now in an upside down position. Rock the solution back and forth several times.
9. Continue to turn the instrument in a circle until the solution runs out of the instrument.
10. To rinse the remaining solution, run lukewarm water through the bell, valve and slide casing. Slowly rotate the instrument around several times to allow all of the water to drain.
11. Insert a cotton cloth into the end of the valve rod. Wrap the cloth around the metal to protect the inside valve casing from contact with the metal. Run the cloth back and forth through the slide and valve casings to remove any remaining grease and oil residue.
1. Valves are numbered; 1, 2 and 3. Start with the 1st valve. Add 2 drops of valve oil and turn the valve as you lower it into the casing. Repeat with 2nd and 3rd valves.
2. Apply a light film of tuning slide grease around each of the slide tubes. Wipe off any excess grease. Insert the slides into the proper casing.
3. Clean the outside of the instrument with the polishing cloth.
4. Vacuum the inside of the case to remove dirt and lint.
5. Clean the outer case with a wet rag. Vinyl cleaning polishes work well to clean and shine the outer side of your case.
THINGS TO AVOID
1. Do not chew gum, eat or drink soft drinks just before or while you play your instrument. Food particles and sugar are difficult to dislodge and eventually will affect the playing qualities. If possible, rinse your mouth with water before playing.
2. Do not hit your mouthpiece into the receiver with your hand. Gently twist the mouthpiece in and it will seal properly. If the mouthpiece becomes stuck, do not try to remove with pliers. Get assistance! Your director or a qualified repairman will have a mouthpiece puller. This will remove the mouthpiece without causing damage to the instrument or mouthpiece.
3. If you stop for a break or end your playing session; put your instrument back into the case. Avoid laying the instrument down unprotected.
4. Do not leave your instrument soaking in the bathtub. Prolonged soaking will damage the lacquer finish.
5. Unless your case has a proper compartment, it is not advisable to carry books, music, papers or other large objects in the case.