Maintenance and Care
tuba mouthpiece should be inserted into the receiver. It is not necessary to twist or tamp the mouthpiece into
position as this can cause the mouthpiece to become stuck in the receiver.
If the mouthpiece becomes
stuck in the receiver, you must bring it to your teacher, who has a
special tool to fix it. Never
use household tools to try and remove a stuck mouthpiece.
tuba should stored in its case when not in use.. Never stand a
tuba upright on its bell. Make
sure the instrument is placed properly in the case. Never
forcibly close the lid of the instrument case. The inside of the case
should be kept free of objects which can damage the instrument.
Tuba accessories should be stored in the accessory compartment
inside the case and not be allowed to rattle about.
Sheet music should be kept in a folder and never stored inside the
Everyday, after playing, wash the mouthpiece with warm soapy water and a mouthpiece brush. Fingerprints, oils and dust should be regularly removed from the body of the instrument using a clean, dry, soft cloth. Valve oil and tuning slide grease should be added, sparingly, as needed. Always use soft, dry rag to remove old oil and grease before adding new. Keep all moving parts lubricated, or they will become stuck. If your valves or slides become stuck, bring your tuba to your teacher, never try to force them out yourself.
instruments should be washed once a month.
Dirty instruments are very hard to play as deposits build up and
make the valves hard to use. Also,
a dirty tuba will smell band and hold lots of bacteria.
gently remove all valves and slides.
not take the valves apart. Wash valves, slides and main part of
trumpet with lukewarm, soapy water. Rinse with lukewarm water and dry
carefully. Be sure to add
valve oil to the valves and slide grease to the slides before reassembling
the instrument. Valves must
go into the proper casings and are marked with numbers to help with this.
care must be taken when replacing the valve caps: Make sure they are on
the proper threads and NEVER FORCE THEM ONTO THE VALVE CASINGS.
of food and drinks around your tuba.
Always wash your hands and rinse your mouth after eating or
drinking, before you play. Sugary
foods and drinks are especially harmful.
Washing and rinsing keeps your valves from getting sticky and your
tuba from smelling bad.
temperatures are very bad for your instrument.
A few minutes at the bus stop are OK but never leave your
instrument out in the car, and be careful where you store it at home.
can affect how your instrument plays, especially dents in the mouthpiece.
Be very careful with your instrument, and show any dents that do
happen to your teacher.
case is designed to protect the tuba from everyday bumps and knocks.
It is not meant to bear a lot of weight or heavy abuse.
Use caution, even when your instrument is in its case.
NEVER SIT ON YOUR CASE
the worst happens and you think your instrument in broken, donít panic!
Take it to your music teacher as soon as possible; it may not be as
serious as you think. Never ask a parent or any other individual to try and fix it
for you as this often makes things worse.