Valve Oil For Trumpets

    valve oil
  • Valve oil is a lubricant for valves of brass instruments. It is typically mostly mineral oil with a small amount of other ingredients.
  • A lubricant for valves usually not in the possession of young brass players.
  • Exquisitely tasteful with a twist of lemon. A form of currency for brass players. Most important ingredient to a beverage known as "Valve Oil Daiquiri."
  • A brass musical instrument with a flared bell and a bright, penetrating tone. The modern instrument has the tubing looped to form a straight-sided coil, with three valves
  • Something shaped like a trumpet, esp. the tubular corona of a daffodil flower
  • huntsman's horn: pitcher plant of southeastern United States having erect yellow trumpet-shaped pitchers with wide mouths and erect lids
  • An organ reed stop with a quality resembling that of a trumpet
  • (trumpet) proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet; "Liberals like to trumpet their opposition to the death penalty"
  • (trumpet) cornet: a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
valve oil for trumpets
Model 6A "Victor" Cornet Valve Block
Model 6A "Victor" Cornet Valve Block
The valves are traditional top-sprung "star" guided valves. They have an interesting feature, a set screw that allows you to adjust spring tension on each valve. If you unscrew the valve caps, you can insert a small screwdriver into the valve button stem to reach the screw. This horn either didn't get played much or the owner oiled it every time he played, bless him. The valves are tight and compression's great. Note the horn's serial number stamped on the middle valve casing; this is where they are usually found on Conn's trumpets and cornets of the 1920s through the '50s. There's also a patent stamp at the bottom of the middle valve case; I don't know what it's for.
Trumpet - 1st Valve
Trumpet - 1st Valve
Interior of first valve of trumpet, located approximately ten inches distal to the player. This area of a trumpet is often overlooked for a regular cleaning, but is often an area where condensed water gathers with an oil that is applied to the slide as lubrication. Dirt also commonly gathers here as well. The easiest way to clean this is to wipe off old oil with a rag and use a cotton swab in the holes.