The various components of a trumpet must work together in order to function and play properly. However, it’s not uncommon for problems to arise. Experiencing different problems with the trumpet and its various components is a normal part of owning the instrument. But don’t worry, many of the issues can quickly be fixed by a qualified repair technician.
This is not fixed to trumpets only, stuck mouthpieces are also common in trombones, saxophone, and in any other brass instrument that is played through a mouthpiece. Since mouthpiece goes from narrow to wide, it’s common to get stuck over time. Most amateur trumpet players assume they can fix the problem with a pair of pliers or vice grips, but this is exactly the wrong method. Trumpet brass is soft and thus, it bends easily, so don’t try to fix it on your own. Trumpet repairs must be done only through technicians who have special tools to fix the problem easily.
A trumpet that is used frequently can suffer from leaking valves. The air leaks out between the valve and casing and this can affect the sound. You can opt for heavier valve oil to reduce air leakage. If it still doesn’t work, take the trumpet to a repairer or consider full replacement.
After playing for several days, the valves of the trumpet are bound to stick. Sticking valves make it more difficult to play. In such a case use good quality of valve oil to release the cramps. Keep them lubricated as much as possible. Consider to oil the valves at least once a week.
Broken joints from soldering
This repair work is done with a gas torch. This problem occurs when a trumpet is twisted or dropped. The repairing is done by heating the joints until they’re hot enough to melt the solder. The repair technician adds a new soldering across the whole joint to make the trumpet functional again.
A Stuffy Sound
If you notice a clogged or stuffy sound coming from your instrument, don’t be worried, it’s a common problem that’s related to the trumpet’s valves. The problem can arise from valves whose corks, felts, or spacers may have worn down. If these areas are fine, then the water key must’ve broken or leaking. Stuffy sound can also arise from air leakage and make sure a foreign object isn’t stuck in the trumpet.
These are some of the common issues faced by a trumpet player. Be sure, not to fix the problems on your own as it can worsen them. Consider to call a professional trumpet repairer.