Cecilio trumpets are precision made instruments and are factory tested prior to shipping. Each instrument is inspected by skilled technicians at our southern California distribution center. However, because trumpets are fragile instruments they can get out of adjustment in the shipping process. If this occurs you may need to have your new instrument adjusted by a local technician.
You must clean and tune your new Trumpet prior to playing. Trumpets are delicate instruments and must be handled with care. If you have a trumpet instructor we recommend you ask him or her to assist you with assembling, cleaning and tuning your instrument for the first time.
If you cannot wait for assistance, follow the steps below:
- Hold the trumpet vertically with the bell towards the ground. Gently drop the mouthpiece into the lead pipe letting the weight of the mouthpiece form the connection. Twist the mouthpiece clockwise 1/4 turn to get an airtight seal,
Never force the mouthpiece in place. Avoid knocking or striking the mouthpiece into the lead pipe; the mouthpiece could become permanently stuck. Your local repair shop has special tools to remove stuck mouthpieces. Never use pliers or other gripping tools to remove a stuck mouthpiece.
Tuning your Trumpet
- Pitch is affected by temperature. Blowing air through it will warm up your trumpet .
- Four tuning slides are incorporated in to your Cecilio Trumpet. These allow adjustments for the fine-tuning and intonation of the instrument.
- Make sure that the trumpet tuning slides are pushed all the way in.
- You can use a chromatic tuner or piano.
- The tuning pitch for the Bb trumpet is C, played using an open valve combination in the 3rd valve stem.
- Push in or pull out the main tuning slide in small increments to adjust the intonation.
- Fine tuning of the intonation is done with the embouchure and valve slides.
For more guidance on tuning your instrument we recommend that you seek advice from a music teacher, or technician.
Playing your trumpet
While playing, moisture accumulates inside the instrument. To prolong the life and playing condition of your instrument this fluid must be expelled frequently with the water key. The water keys are located on the main tuning slide and the 3rd valve tuning slides.
- Hold the trumpet at a 45 degree angle toward the ground.
- Holding one water key open at a time, blow through the instrument to expel excess moisture.
For your convenience a cleaning cloth and valve oil are included with your Cecilio Trumpet. We recommend that you use these products and the products contained in the Cecilio Trumpet Care Kit (Model C-TCK) to maintain the condition of your trumpet. (See below for maintenance suggestions.)
It is important to disassemble and thoroughly clean the instrument after playing, and especially prior to placing it in its case for storage. We recommend that you follow the routine below to ensure that the instrument is kept in top condition by using the products included in the Cecilio Trumpet Care Kit (Model C-TCK).
In addition to these steps we recommend that you take your trumpet to a skilled technician at least once a year to be serviced.
Remember the better you care for your instrument the longer you will enjoy it.
Regular oiling of the valve pistons is necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the instrument.
A small amount of valve oil (provided) should be applied to each valve. To apply the oil, follow the procedure for cleaning and maintenance of the valve piston as described below:
- Unscrew valve cap to remove valve piston.
- Pull straight up to remove the valve piston. Do not twist piston.
- Valve pistons and casings are NOT interchangeable. Each valve piston and casting is numbered (# 1, 2, and 3) Be sure the number on the valve matches the number on the casing..
- Inspect the valve piston and casing. If there is any damage to the valves or casings, take your instrument to your local technician for repair.
- Apply valve oil (supplied) in small amounts to ensure adequate lubrication
- Drop the valve carefully back into the proper casing, aligning the valve guide with the guide slot. Tighten the top valve cap. Push the stem down, then release to ensure even oil coating over the entire surface.
- The valve casings should be cleaned every week .
- To clean valve casing, remove piston as described above.
- Insert a valve brush through the valve casing and pull back up. Repeat several times. The brush can also be used to clean the portholes of the valve pistons.
- Replace pistons as described above.
Tuning Slides and lead pipe
- Carefully remove all tuning slides and clean with a snake-brush by running the brush through the insides of the slides
- Clean the lead pipe while the main tuning slide is removed by dropping a snake brush in your C-TCK cleaning kit into the lead pipe and pushing it through to the mouth piece receptacle. Repeat several times.
- Lubricate the slides with a small amount of slide-grease before replacing them in the correct receptacles.
- Gently remove any dirt, perspiration and fingerprints from the surface of the instrument with the cleaning/polishing cloth (provided).
- Rub briskly to return finish to its fine luster.
Cleaning the Mouthpiece
- Use warm soapy water to soak the mouthpiece. A brass mouthpiece brush will work to scrub the inside and outside.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water.
Cleaning the Water Keys
Use a tone hole cleaner to clean the water key.
Other helpful hints
- It is advisable to rinse out your mouth with water before playing your trumpet. Avoid drinking fluids that contain sugar.
- When you remove your trumpet from its case, lift it by the lead pipe and bell.
- Always remove the mouthpiece from your trumpet when not in use
- To prevent damage, always store your trumpet in its case when not in use.
- Your instrument is a valuable item and should be treated with respect. By following the guidelines above your trumpet should provide you and your listeners with years of enjoyment.
- If after reading these guidelines you remain uncertain about how to assemble and clean your Cecilio Trumpet, seek advice at your local music store or from a music teacher.
- Damage caused by incorrect assembly and/or inappropriate handling is not covered by the warranty.
Cecilio Musical Instruments Warranty Information
The terms and conditions listed here will govern all warranty claims for Cecilio Musical Instruments products.
These terms and conditions cover all instruments manufactured and distributed by Cecilio Musical Instruments. There is no additional warranty, express or implied.
Cecilio Musical Instruments warrants its instruments to be free of defect in material and construction for 1-year from the date of purchase. Warranty excludes accessories and cases. Please see below for limitations and restrictions to this warranty. Cecilio Musical Instruments will, at its option, repair or replace any item found to have been defective in materials or manufacture under the terms stated here. Cecilio Musical Instruments shall be the sole arbiter of eligibility for warranty repair or replacement. Cecilio Musical Instruments liability is limited to repair or replacement of defective items.
To be eligible for warranty coverage, the original purchaser of the item must return the defective item, together with the original receipt of purchase, to Great Musical Instruments, who will then make arrangements with Cecilio Musical Instruments for repair or replacement of the defective item.
Cecilio Musical Instruments reserves the right to make changes to this warranty. The policies in place at the time of purchase will be honored.
- 1-year warranty applies only to original purchaser of instrument.
- Warranty does not cover cases or other free accessories.
- Damage caused by neglect or misuse of instrument is not covered.
- Delicate instruments are affected by climatic conditions. Exposure to excessive heat, cold, dryness, or moisture is considered neglect
- Instrument adjustment is not covered by this warranty.
- Normal wear caused by normal use of items is not covered by this warranty.
- Natural products, such as wood, cannot be guaranteed against cracking, seam separation, warping of fingerboard or chipping.