Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gifts for Trumpet Players, Trombone Players, French Horn Players, Tuba Players

At Ultra-Pure Oils, we make several nice products that any brass player would love to find in his or her stocking or for a birthday or other special occasion! Here are a few great gift ideas that are all low cost.

Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil: This is the most popular product for brass players since they use it almost every day. Buy a pack of 4 and it will last the whole year.
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Ultra-Pure Trombone Slide Lube: For the trombone player, they will want the lubricant designed specifically for the trombone slide, and this lube is amazing! Easy to use and long lasting.
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Ultra-Pure Deluxe Care Kits: Brass instruments need occasional cleaning, and it takes special brushes to do it right. Ultra-Pure Deluxe Care Kits have all the special brushes, and come with the best lubricants! All our care kits also come with our extra-large microfiber polishing cloth and instructions. We have care kits for trumpet, trombone, french horn, and low brass (baritone, euphonium, tuba).
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Ultra-Pure Lube Kits: For a simple gift, consider a bottle of valve oil plus a few of our tuning slide greases. We pack these in Lube Kits for trumpet, trombone, and french horn.
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Ultra-Pure Oils products are all non-toxic, odorless, synthetic, and long-lasting. They are used by the pros, including Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Chris Botti, Alison Balsom, Joe Alessi, and so many more!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How to break in new trumpet or cornet valves



When you first get your new instrument, the valves can feel sluggish or a little gritty. This is normal, since the valves may not be perfectly clean or fitted to the valve casing.  You will have to take very good care of the valves during the break-in period, usually taking about 2 to 4 weeks.


The first thing to do is to remove the valve from the casing and wipe it off with a clean cloth.
You can see from this photo that there is a lot of black grime that came off the new valve. The black stuff consists of tiny particles of metal and polishing or lapping compounds used in the manufacturing process.  Of course, there will be the same black grime inside the valve casing, so wrap a clean cloth around the valve casing rod and swab out the casing. When you wrap the rod, make sure there is no exposed metal, or you could scratch the casing. Blow off any cloth fibers after wiping and swabbing the valves.


Then, use plenty of Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil to coat the valve and put it back into the casing.

During the break-in period, you will need to do this EVERY DAY.  You will know when the break-in period is over. The valves will feel fast and smooth, and there won’t be any more black grime coming off the metals. 

I also recommend washing a new brass instrument once a week for the first month. Use your valve casing brush and plenty of cool, soapy water to scrub out the casing.  Use a clear dishwashing liquid detergent (like Lemon Joy) and rinse it thoroughly.  I recommend using an old toothbrush with a little detergent to scrub the surface of the valve, since the toothbrush can’t scratch the metal. Run a snake through the valve slide tubes to make sure no grime is still stuck there. Rinse everything and apply fresh oil and tuning slide lube.

If you break in your valves carefully, they will be in excellent condition and will be ready for years of music making! 

If you need the special brushes used to clean a trumpet or cornet, you can find them at your local music store or at our website, here. 

Ultra-Pure Oils makes fine lubricants and accessories for musicians. Shop Ultra-Pure for trumpet valve oil, trombone slide oil or lube, tuning slide lube, slide grease, rotary valve oil, key oil, trumpet, horn, trombone, and low brass care kits, cork grease, microfiber polishing cloths and more!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Clean and Oiled Horn is a Happy Horn!


You know the feeling --- you are trying to play your best and suddenly your valve or slide sticks. It is almost as bad as the feeling you get when you are playing with a mute and it falls out of your bell and crashes onto the floor!  Well, read on and I can tell you how to solve both of these problems.
 
Tip #1: Oil your valves and lube your slides even if they seem to be working fine.  The space between the valve and its casing is truly microscopic. All it takes is a bit of grime or dirt to make the valve hesitate or stick. By oiling every day or two, you will help to remove any buildup before it becomes a problem. At Ultra-Pure Oils, we recommend that you remove your valve from the casing and use plenty of Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil to coat the valve and to remove any grime. The best time to do this is just before you put your horn away for the day, so the valves are stored in oil, not in saliva. If your valve is sticking all the time, no matter how clean it is, then take your horn to a brass technician for repair.



Trombone slides are also built to very tight tolerances and need daily lubricating. Wipe off the inner slide and swab the outer slide with your cleaning rod and a clean cloth. Then apply a few drops of Ultra-PureTrombone Slide Lube to the stockings. If the slide is dented or out of parallel, take it to your brass technician for repair.


Tip #2: Grease your tuning slides once a week. Tuning slide lubes or greases will break down with oil and moisture. If you don’t have grease on the slide, it can form a green “rust” and start to corrode or wear the slide.  And if you move the slide without being greased, you are rubbing a soft metal (brass) directly on a metal sleeve, often made of nickel silver, which can eventually cause wear and leakage.  If the slides get leaky, the instrument will not play too well, and the tuning slide can even slip during a performance, making you play out of tune. Use Ultra-Pure RegularTuning Slide Lube or our Tuning Slide& Cork Grease for the main tuning slide and slides that need to stay in place. Use Ultra-Pure Light TuningSlide Lube for the slides that need to move quickly for slight tuning adjustments, like the 1st and 3rd slides on trumpets and cornets. If the tuning slide is badly worn and leaking, you can use Ultra-Pure Heavy Tuning Slide Lube to seal the leak and make it stick in place.



Tip #3: Use Ultra-Pure Heavy Tuning Slide Lube to prevent your mute from falling out! Just put a tiny amount of this heavy lube onto the mute corks. This lube is so sticky, that it is practically glue. It will really keep the mute in tight and will also quiet the squeak that can happen when you twist the mute into the bell.

The bottom line: Keep your horn clean and oiled, and you will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.

Ultra-Pure Oils makes fine lubricants and accessories for musicians. Shop Ultra-Pure for trumpet valve oil, trombone slide oil or lube, tuning slide lube, slide grease, rotary valve oil, key oil, trumpet, horn, trombone, and low brass care kits, cork grease, microfiber polishing cloths and more!