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Valve (1, 2, or 3) sticks on my trumpet when I pressed down, what do I do?
Why does the valve piston not lock into place?
Why can't I remove my valve pistons?
Why does my mouthpiece get stuck all the time?
My trumpet doesn't play?
How do I tune my trumpet?

Valve (1, 2, or 3) sticks on my trumpet when I pressed down, what do I do?

  • Remove the valve pistons one at a time by unscrewing the top valve cap. Make sure that the valve guide and piston spring are in place.
  • With a lint free cloth clean the valve piston and valve casing using a mild household cleaner. Dry the valve piston and valve casing completely with a lint free cloth.
  • Apply a small amount of valve oil to the valve piston and replace it into its corresponding valve casing. Slowly rotate the valve clockwise until the piston locks into place.
  • Re-screw the valve cap, being careful not to over tighten them.
  • Always remove and replace one valve piston at at time!
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Why does the valve piston not lock into place?

  • The abs valve guide may be pushed out of position with the detent in the valve casing or the guide has been worn down due to friction.
  • To check and adjust, remove the valve piston. The valve guide is a white abs tab that is located in the valve piston. This can be pushed forward or back so that it can mate with the detent in the valve casing. It also moves up and down with the valve piston spring.
  • If valve guide is beyond adjustment it may be replaced. Contact your local repair shop or place of purchase to order part.
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Why can't I remove my valve pistons?

  • To remove the valve piston you first need to unscrew the top valve cap then you can remove the piston from the valve casing.
  • The piston should slide out with no complications.
  • If you are unable to remove the piston, do not force it out. The piston or valve casing may be danged or bent.
  • If this is the case please contact your local repair shop or you place of purchase.
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Why does my mouthpiece get stuck all the time?

  • Do not force the mouthpiece into the mouthpiece receiver. Avoid knocking or striking the mouthpiece inward. This will cause the mouthpiece to become stuck and sometimes will become permanently stuck. If your mouthpiece becomes stuck, please visit your local repair shop. They have special tools to remove mouthpieces.
  • To insert the mouthpiece into the mouthpiece receptacle, hold the trumpet vertically with the bell of the trumpet to the ground. Gently drop the mouthpiece into mouthpiece receiver letting the weight of the mouthpiece from the connection. To get an air-tight seal twist the mouthpiece clockwise 1/4 turn.
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My trumpet doesn't play?

  • Be sure to check that you have the correct valve pistons in their correct valve casing. The valve pistons are not interchangeable. Each piston is numbered and should match its correcting casing.
  • Check the valve caps. They should be screwed down completely. Be sure not to over tighten.
  • All valve pistons should be aligned and locked in place.
  • Check both spit valves. They should be in a closed position making a complete air tight seal.
  • Make sure that the mouthpiece is fitted correctly into the mouthpiece receptacle.
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How do I tune my trumpet?

  • Make sure that all the trumpet tuning slides are pushed all the way in.
  • Use a chromatic type tuner.
  • The tuning pitch for the Bb trumpet is C, played using an open valve combination in the 3rd partial.
  • Adjust intonation with the main tuning slide by pushing in or pulling out in small increments.
  • Not every pitch on the trumpet will be in tune. Fine tuning of the intonation is done with the embouchure and valve slides.
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