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Trumpet cleaning question Answered

Alright, I own a cornet (which is basically a shorter version of a trumpet), and I wanted to know if it is safe to clean it with water or handsoap. I am not trying to make my instrument all nice and shiny, but I just want to clean all oil off of the valves and slides, so would it be safe to just use water and handsoap? Thanks in advanced


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Best Answer 11 years ago

Warm (not hot) water and mild hand soap are exactly what my band instructor would tell us to use. The easiest way to get in all those curvey tubes is to fill your bathtub with warm water and immerse the cornet. (It is made of brass, right?) I can't remember how much soap-to-water we were supposed to use, but I think it was only just enough to make small bubbles. Wipe it gently with a soft cotton washcloth. Air dry.