Are there different ‘weights’ in valve oil?

Yes. Just like automotive engine oil, trumpet valve oil comes in different viscosities, although their is no official rating system and therefore no easy way to tell by looking at the package if one oil is heavier than another. So, you may find differences in… Read More

Do trumpet manufacturers recommend a particular valve oil?

Some manufacturers issue valve oil with their trumpets. These valve oils can be obtained from Amazon. So, for example, you can use ‘Bach Valve Oil’ with your Bach trumpet, it is available. Trumpet valve oil is frequently lost. The containers are small and it is… Read More

What is valve oil made from?

Just like oil for an automobile, valve oil is usually petroleum-based. Mineral oil is the most commonly used petroleum-distillate. There are also synthetic valve oils. One of the atvantages of synthetic oils are less likely to form sludge or become gummy. Some claim synthetic oils are… Read More

What purpose does valve oil perform?

The clearance between the trumpet piston and the valve casing is about .001 thousandth of an inch. Without oil, the piston binds or sticks in the valve casing. Valve oil lubricates, cleans, seals, and prevents corrosion. Some valve oils also have a anti-bacterial action. [wpts_matriz… Read More

Why are there so many valve oils?

Valve oil differs in smell, color, viscosity and composition. These are matters of personal preference. There may be no such thing as the perfect valve oil for all musicians. It is sort of like recommending the perfect wine, beer, or coffee. What one person likes,… Read More

Why do trumpet valves need valve oil?

The clearance between the trumpet piston and the valve casing is about .001 thousandth of an inch. Without oil, the piston binds or sticks in the valve casing. Check out some of the quality valve oils that are available. [wpts_matriz boxwidth=’150′ pintimg=’undefined’ category=’122′ categories=’none’  posttype=”… Read More