Posts Tagged ‘Maintenance’

Edwards Videos on YouTube

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The written word only does so much for people learning how to maintain their instruments. That’s why we put Christan in front of the camera to demonstrate various techniques to keep your Edwards in top working order. First up… trombone slide cleaning.

Cleaning my Valves

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I had put it off way too long, but tonight I decided to clean the valves on my B454-DE. They work so well that I just haven’t taken the time to do it recently. I got out my isopropyl alcohol, clean rags, screw driver and… I couldn’t find the allen wrench to remove the stop arm screw from the valve assembly. I looked everywhere for the little bag of Edwards goodies that comes with every horn purchase. Nada. I decided to head to Home Depot to buy a set. Before I went, I wanted to make sure I knew the correct size, so I checked our web site and found nothing. I called Christan. He didn’t know, either, but was pretty sure that we used an English size.

So Noah and I drove to Home Depot with my gig bag in the trunk. We went down the tool aisle and I pulled out my bell section and started testing. For those of you that are interested (and misplace stuff as often as I do), the correct size to remove the stop arm screw from an Edwards trombone valve assembly is 3/32″.

By the way, my valves are flying. Now I can’t blame the horn for bad articulations.

Clean Your Horn!

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Do you ever wonder why your horn doesn’t play like it did when it was new?

Today I had the privilege of cleaning out a customer’s instrument that was only one year old. I started by polishing the inside of the outer slide and removing any old residual crud. I then took apart the valve and ultrasonic dipped all of the tubes to get everything in like-new condition.

At this point things took a turn for the worse. As I grabbed the inner slide and removed the leadpipe, I noticed a layer of sludge on the inside of the leadpipe and upper slide tube. I pushed the sludge slowly through the leadpipe using our cleaning brush. What came out can only be described as inert matter. Fighting the urge to heave I made my way to the camera to let people know what can be on the inside of their instrument. After taking the picture I flushed the sludge from the earth (or at least our shop) and then cleaned and disinfected the inside of the instrument.


It is imperative that you do maintenance on your instrument FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH!

Here’s how:

Every now and then remove your leadpipe and wash it with hot soapy water. For best results, we recommend using a brush that is long enough to go through the entire leadpipe. Never force anything through your leadpipe or slide tubes.

The brush in this link is similar to the one we use. Get a cleaning brush that is long enough to go through your leadpipe. If nothing else, you can use a slide snake.

Next, wrap your cleaning rod with a very small piece of cloth doused in isopropyl alcohol. Use this to clean the inside of the inner slide tubes. Throw the cloth away immediately; this is not something that should be reused. Use caution and care when doing this procedure as not much muscle is needed. Also be sure to also remove your leadpipe prior to cleaning the slide tubes.

We provide maintenance information on our site. Please use it. By not cleaning your instrument you run the risk of causing premature wear and tear. The inert matter pictured above can crystallize over time. In this case, the leadpipe was already etched from the crud (and it’s only a year old!). It had the look of an instrument that was 5 to 6 years old. These are top of the line instruments that can take care of you for many years if you take care of them.

And here’s the disclaimer:

We are not responsible for damage you do to your instrument trying to do the procedures listed above. If you do not know how to maintain your instrument please consult a professional repair tech with our printed out maintenance pages and ask them to teach you how. They will charge you but once you know how to do a cleaning you should be able to maintain your instrument for the rest of your life.