10. Accesories and Care
The slide of a trombone is surprisingly delicate. The smallest knock or dent can have a big impact on the movement of the slide. While its not a hugely expensive job to have dents removed professionally, its obviously best to try to avoid any damage at all. Remember that each knock or dent stretches the metal of the slide, and its impossible to unstretch once its happened. Stands are relatively inexpensive, and are the best way to avoid damage to your instrument, short of putting it back in its case!
Hard trombone cases are not only heavy, but also quite unwieldy. A gig bag, especially for younger players, can make it much easier to transport the instrument. Be careful to choose one that gives the instrument adequate protection, especially the slide section.
The trombone slide and tuning slide need a fair amount of oil or slide grease to ensure smooth operation. Many professional players oil their slides daily and keep them continually moisturised with a water spray. This minimises wear and tear and helps the instrument last longer.
Its important to keep your trombone clean, both inside and out. Any matter on the instrument is likely to cause corrosion, but a build-up of dirt on the inside bore of the instrument is unavoidable. Many products are available to help you keep your trombone in good clean working order, but its never a bad idea to give it a bath!