Instrument Care Posts

How To Keep Your Trumpet Clean

To further clean your instrument remove all valves, slides and caps from the trumpet. You may submerge the trumpet in warm water (should be noticeably warm but not scalding hot) with mild dish soap such as dawn. Let the instrument sit for five minutes and then use your valve casing brush and snake brush to remove excess dirt and debris from the trumpet. Absolutely DO NOT force the brushes into smaller spaces such as the valve ports or the ends of smaller tuning slides. The crook ends of the 1st and third valve tuning slides can be cleaned by running water through them.

Once all easily accessible areas of the trumpet have been scrubbed thoroughly rinse the trumpet in warm clean water and let air dry. Once the trumpet is dry you may then apply your necessary lubricants to moving parts and reassemble. Stay safe!

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We know there is uncertainty right now, but the team at Paige’s Music is ready to help you keep making music!

  1. We will remain open regular hours unless we are mandated to close. Please follow us on our social media channels for updates.
  2. Since many school schedules are interrupted, please contact us with any questions or needs you may have and we will find a way to help you!
  3. We are taking extra precautions on top of our already very high sanitary standards to keep every instrument clean & every staff member, customer & student safe.
  4. Here are some tips to help your student to keep their instrument clean & safe.

Please contact us with any questions that you may have.

Tips On How To Assemble Your Flute

We occasionally get instruments in for repair with common problems that are due to improper assembly or disassembly. In the video above one of our woodwind technicians, Steve “Sarge” Grimes, shares some flute assembly tips on how taking a flute apart improperly can damage the tenon joint over time. You can also find an instructional video on our blog covering some basic tips on caring for your flute.

Which Valve Oil Is Right For Me?

Choosing the right valve oil at Paige's Music

At Paige’s Music, we are frequently asked “what valve oil do you recommend”? This answer can vary depending on the type and age of instrument as well as specific player preferences. Here is a short overview of our most popular options.

Should My Bridge Be Bent Like This?

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Your bridge is an important component on your stringed instrument.  It is critically important to the sound, and playability.  It is a beautiful thing when it is right and an obstacle when it is not.  A warped bridge is not correct.  Even a slight warp will cause intonation problems.  The front of the bridge gives the impression of a lean toward the tailpiece.  It is shaped this way to give it the correct thickness, weight and to add to the beauty of the instrument. The back of the bridge should be perpendicular to the top of the instrument.

Quick Tips On Caring For Your Trumpet

We recently updated the care videos for several of the beginning instruments available on our Debut Rental Program. Below is the general care and maintenance video for trumpets, with instruction given by Kristina Borders of our Retail Sales Staff.

Quick Tips On Caring For Your Flute

We recently updated the care videos for several of the beginning instruments available on our Debut Rental Program. The original videos were done just before HD became popular, so it was time for a redo. Below is the general care and maintenance video for flute, with instruction given by Erin Nichols of the Indy Flute Shop. Indy Flute Shop is a flute-specialty store owned by Paige’s Music. If you’d like to see the rest of the flute videos, you can view them on our Flute Care & Maintenance page.

Tips On Caring For Your Trombone

Daily care and maintenance of your instrument is very important to how well your instrument performs. Watch this quick video below for a few, quick tips on caring for your trombone.