Oil your valves every time you play, or at least three times per week. Unsrew the top valve from the valve casing, and pull the valve out in a straight line. Do not twist. Apply valve oil, coating the entire valve. You may want to first wipe off the valve to remove debris before applying new oil. Do not oil your valves from the bottom caps.
Slide grease keeps slides airtight and maintains smooth movement. Vaseline should never be used because it is corrosive to brass.
Moving and greasing all slides and bottom caps once a month will help prevent slides and caps from sticking.
Valve casings and tuning slide receivers can be cleaned more thoroughly by using a trumpet cleaning rod. Insert a soft cotton cloth through the slot at the end of the cleaning rod. Wrap the cloth around the rod several times so no metal is showing. Work the cloth back and forth through the valve casings until the cloth comes out clean.
To clean the tuning slide receivers, take a clean cloth and insert into the slot of the cleaning rod. Be careful not to make the cloth too big or it will tear when you try to clean the receivers. Work the cloth back and forth in receivers several times until it comes out clean.
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