Instruments are an investment that must be cared for.
Not only do good instruments range in the hundreds of dollars, but if you ever decide you want to sell them when you no longer play or want an upgrade, having your instruments in good order will help them maintain their value.
Regardless of what you are playing, these simple tips will help you maintain your instruments:
Do Keep Your Instruments Clean With The Right Materials
When cleaning your instruments, it should go without saying that use the proper cleaning materials for the instrument itself and its pieces, such as the mouthpiece. This will help avoid damage.
Before storing your instrument, wipe it down with a clean, soft, non-treated cloth to remove fingerprints, dust, and other residues.
Do Take Your Instrument To A Professional For Deep Cleanings Or Other Repairs
If your instrument needs deep cleaning that you cannot perform yourself or repairs, take it to a professional. A trained instrument repair technician will have the tools and resources needed to repair instruments, so it is recommended to avoid at-home repairs. They will carefully take apart your instrument and make the cleanings or repairs needed to get it back in working order.
Do Keep Your Instrument In Its Case When Not In Use
When not in use, keep your instrument in its case. This will help prevent damage like dents and dings. If your instrument came in a soft-shell case, switch to a hard-shell. These are much more durable and capable of protecting your instruments.
Don’t Store Anything On Top Of Your Instrument
Even the most solid of instruments should be handled carefully during playing and when they are being stored. To avoid damage, do not store anything on top of your instrument, even if it is in a hard case.
Don’t Eat Before Playing Reed Or Brass Instruments
Avoid eating before playing reed or brass instruments. Food particles and other substances can get into the instrument and become unhygienic and difficult to clean. Remember to periodically clean out the interior of your instrument, if possible. If not, take it to a professional.
Don’t Leave Your Instrument In Extreme Temperatures
Extreme temperatures can warp your instruments and affect their sound if left for too long. If left in extreme temperatures, make sure that they come up to room temperature before playing. By protecting your instrument against harsh weather, you’ll ensure that your sound is always the best it can be.