Trombone Assembly, Disassembly & Daily Maintenance
- Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to put together your instrument.
- NEVER force the parts of your instrument together.
- Always lock the slide when you are assembling or not playing your instrument.
- Assemble your trombone so the bell is over your left shoulder. With their teacher’s close supervision, young children should make sure that the hand slide is a comfortable distance from the bell brace for the left hand position.
- Make sure that you tighten the bell to hand slide fastening nut until it is snug and secure without over tightening.
Hand-Slide Lubricant Application
- Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to apply slide lubricant.
- You should apply lubricant to your instrument at least once a week. To apply, put the hand slide in approximately third position and apply a generous amount of lubricant to each slide. Your teacher can instruct you on how to determine the amount of lubricant that is needed.
- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE MOUTHPIECE OR SLIDES IF THEY BECOME STUCK. A lack of oil and grease will cause the parts of your trombone to stick. If they do stick take it to a technician immediately for removal. NEVER try to remove stuck parts with pliers or hammers!
- Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to apply tuning slide grease.
- You should grease your slide as needed according to your teacher’s instruction.
- Remove slide and wipe off the old grease.
- Apply a bit of grease to one end of one of the slide tubes and re-insert this side. Gently rotate the slide as it is pushed in, evenly distributing the grease to all parts of the slide.
- Repeat this process with the other end of the slide tube.
- When completed, insert the slide as normal and remove all excess grease. NEVER use Vaseline in place of slide grease. This will corrode your trombone.
- A properly set tuning slide will slide in just by pushing on the outer edge of the crook. If you need to manipulate the slide to push it in it should be repaired.