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While there are many brass players who enjoy getting into the nuts and bolts of their equipment, learning advanced cleaning and maintenance procedures and even rebuilding and customizing their gear, there are plenty of folks who prefer to leave more intrusive procedures to the professionals; think of the car owner who prefers to do their own repair work versus those going to the mechanic. While we are certainly not here to encourage everyone to tear apart their horns (and ending up with the dreaded extra pieces when rebuilding) it is nice to see some of the inner workings of our instruments and understand why they have the impact they do in the overall performance, as well as how best to maintain them.

We had an axial-flow valve that needed a bit of extra oiling and so we thought it would be a good opportunity to show how the valve goes together with the rest of the trombone and what’s really going on inside of the casing. Take a look below and let us know your thoughts!