School Rental

Trumpets -- Cornets -- Flugelhorns

Dorsey Music proudly carries quality brass instruments from some of the best known manufacturers in the music industry, such as Cannonball, Bach, Getzen, Curtois, Jupiter, and more. These fine instruments will enhance your student's abilities and inspire them.  These instruments are from proven manufacturers that produce quality instruments for years of low-maintenance performance and enjoyment.


Professional & Upgrade Instruments

Inexpensive musical instruments made overseas have found their way into the market through the internet and other discount stores.  Not all instruments offered for sale by some businesses are playable, tunable , or repairable, even though they might have the outward appearance of a nice, new musical instrument.  While lower prices are tempting, you should consider that poorly constructed instruments play poorly, hindering a student's ability to learn and even frustrating her to the point that she will give up playing the instrument.  

Repair technicians:
You will want to make sure your trumpet has been looked over by an instrument repair technician who will check the condition of the slides and valves.  Any air leakage will adversely affect the clarity of the tone production.  Low and high registers of the instrument will be checked for pitch.  All valves will be checked to make sure they move with ease.  Spring tension is also checked to insure proper resistance.

Note:  Used and rental return trumpets at Dorsey Music are inspected, repaired, and play-tested by our qualified service technicians.  They are also cleaned and the mouthpieces disinfected before they are offered for sale.  We guarantee our used trumpets for 90 days.  New trumpets have a one year guarantee against manufacture defects.

Materials & Composition:

Student level trumpets are made up of brass.  Intermediate to professional trumpets are made up of higher grades of materials and require detailed hand labor.  Any student level trumpet that is purchased at Dorsey Music can later be upgraded to an intermediate or professional instrument.  

Care & Maintenance of a trumpet:

    Cleaning the instrument: 

    It is recommended to give the trumpet a thorough cleaning once a month.  Removing all particles of dirt, saliva, and any foreign matter allows ease of blowing and playability.  The first step to cleaning the instrument is to remove the valves, slides, and mouthpiece.  Clean the mouthpiece with the mouthpiece brush in a solution of liquid dishwashing soap and lukewarm water, then rinsing it with clean water.  The body of the instrument may be cleaned by running lukewarm water (never hot) through the tubing while swabbing it out with a slide and tube brush.  Dry with a clean cloth.  The valve casings and pistons should be cleaned last.  Simply pull a soft cloth through the valve casing using a cleaning rod.  Then wash and dry the pistons carefully being sure not to touch the piston surfaces with the fingers after washing.  

    Lubrication & Assembly:

    Before assembly, apply a generous amount of valve oil on the valves and place them in their proper casing. The number one valve is always closest to the mouthpiece. Most valves and casings are also marked with numbers. Line up the valve guide with the slot inside the casing, and screw down the cap. When the valves are in place, work them with a brisk finger action so as to insure that the lubricating film is correctly distributed over the entire surface of the piston.  The slides should be lightly greased and "worked in" in a rotary motion and then inserted to its proper position.  


    After playing, wipe down instrument with a lacquer finish polishing cloth or silver polishing cloth if the instrument is silver plated.  Also, watch the water key and cork.  Have the cork on the water key replaced as often as necessary.  A leaky water key makes your instrument hard to play and ruins both tone and tuning.  Keep the water key spring and cork lubricated with a drop of valve oil.  Some people buy valve-casing hand guards to help protect the finish on the valves.