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All musical instruments are very delicate and require a lot of care. With supervision, young children are capable of learning how to care for their own instrument. It is important that you consult your teacher or a String Season Associate if you have any questions.

STRINGED INSTRUMENTS
To keep your stringed instrument in the best condition, please follow these suggestions:
  • Do not try and tune the instrument yourself! It takes a while to learn to do this properly, and if youíre not careful you may damage the instrument and/or break strings. Take your instrument to the teacher at your next class and have them tune it for you.
  • Do not leave your instrument in your car! Intense heat or cold can cause an instrument to come apart or crack, and will definitely cause it to fall out of tune. Also, try to avoid exposing your instrument to sudden changes in humidity. When traveling with your instrument it is always better to keep it in the back seat of your car rather than the trunk.
  • Keep your instrument clean. Keep a lint-free cloth inside your case and wipe off all the rosin dust and dirt from your instrument after each time you play. Pay particular attention to the fingerboard and the top of the instrument. Be careful not to knock the bridge out of place. NEVER USE FURNITURE POLISH OR ALCOHOL TO CLEAN YOUR INSTRUMENT.
  • Always keep your instrument and bow in its case with the lid closed when not in use. Also, be sure that you securely lock the bow in place and remove the shoulder rest or pad before closing the case. Careless accidents could leave your instrument seriously damaged.

THE BOW
  • Rosin the bow regularly. For students it is probably sufficient to rosin the bow once a week. Too much rosin will produce a harsh tone and cause an excessive build-up of white rosin powder on the instrument.
  • Always loosen the hair on your bow after playing before you place it back in the case. Simply turn the screw until the bow hair is loose and the bow stick is no longer stressed. Be careful not to over-tighten the bow before use as this will warp the wood. The bow stick should still maintain a natural arch when tightened appropriately. (Remember: lefty = loosey, righty = tightie).
  • Never touch the horsehair on your bow. The oils from your skin will damage the hair and take away its ability to grab the strings.

FLUTE
To keep your flute in the best condition, please follow these suggestions:

Assembly
  • Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to put together your instrument.
  • NEVER force the parts of your instrument together.
  • When assembling the flute only hold the non-keyed parts (the barrel and the bottom of the foot).
  • NEVER use lubrication of any kind.

Maintenance
  • Wipe off your fingerprints after every use. A clean, non-treated cotton cloth will work the best. If you do choose to use a treated polishing cloth be sure that it is for a SILVER finished instrument. Using the wrong cloth could cause scratches.
  • Clean out the moisture from your instrument with an absorbent cloth or swab after every use. Clean the inside of all 3 sections of the flute. Removing the moisture from your flute before putting it away each time will prolong the life of the pads.
  • Always store your instrument in its case with the lid closed when not in use. This will prevent any excess tarnishing and lower the risk of damage.
  • Do not put anything (including sheet music) inside the case with your instrument that does not belong. Closing the case with extra contents can cause damage to the delicate keys. Also, make sure that all the latches are securely closed before transporting your instrument.
Manuals
Jupiter Flutes




CLARINET
To keep your clarinet in the best condition, please follow these suggestions:

Assembly
  • Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to put together your instrument.
  • NEVER force the parts of your instrument together.
  • Clarinets play the best when a moist reed is used. Get into the habit of soaking the thin end of the reed in your mouth while you are assembling your clarinet.
  • When assembling the clarinet you may need to apply a small amount of cork grease on each of the corked joints. When properly used, cork grease should allow you to assemble your clarinet without using excessive force.
  • Always make sure that you have extra reeds, cleaning swabs and cork grease.

Maintenance
  • Use cork grease as needed. Too little will cause the cork to crack.
  • Do not leave the reed attached to the mouthpiece. This will shorten the life of the reed and cause it to collect germs.
  • Wipe off your fingerprints from the keys after every use. A clean, non-treated cotton cloth will work the best. NEVER clean your clarinet with water.
  • Clean out the moisture from your instrument with an absorbent cotton drop swab after every use. Clean the inside of all sections of the clarinet. Removing the moisture from your clarinet before putting it away each time will prolong the life of the pads.
  • Always store your instrument in its case with the lid closed when not in use. This will lower the risk of damage.
  • Do not put anything (including sheet music) inside the case with your instrument that does not belong. Closing the case with extra contents can cause damage to the delicate keys. Also, make sure that all the latches are securely closed before transporting your instrument.
  • Do not leave your clarinet in the car or in direct sunlight. This could cause the instrument to crack.
Manuals
Jupiter Clarinets




TRUMPET
To keep your trumpet in the best condition, please follow these suggestions:

Valve Oil Application
  • Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to apply valve oil.
  • The purpose of valve oil is to clean, lubricate and fill the air space inside the valves.
  • You should oil the valves of your trumpet before each time you play, preferably without completely removing the valves. This will prevent accidental damage to the pistons.
    • Remove the top cap and pull out the piston far enough to see the valve and apply enough oil to fully cover the surface. (Do not oil the valves from the bottom caps) Using too little oil will not properly lubricate your valves. Using too much oil will not cause any damage to the trumpet.
    • Replace the valve without excessive rotation. As you lower the valve, slowly turn it clockwise until it locks into place. The oil will naturally distribute itself when the valves are depressed.
    • Confirm that the valve has been replaced properly by blowing through the instrument.
  • You will also need to apply oil to the small water key about once a month.
Slide Grease Application
  • Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to apply slide grease.
  • You should grease your slide at least once a month.
    • Remove slide and wipe off the old grease.
    • Apply a bit of grease to one end of one of the slide tubes and re-insert this side. Gently rotate the slide as it is pushed in, evenly distributing the grease to all parts of the slide.
    • Repeat this process with the other end of the slide tube.
    • When completed, insert the slide as normal and remove all excess grease. NEVER use Vaseline in place of slide grease. This will corrode your trumpet.
Maintenance
  • Your mouthpiece should not have any dents in the end of the shank. If you notice any dents in your mouthpiece you should immediately take it to a technician for repair.
  • You should grease your slide at least once a month.
  • You should move and grease all slides and bottom caps at least once a month. When bottom caps are removed you can apply a small amount of slide grease to the threads of the cap for easy turning. If the bottom caps are dirty you can wash them in warm water and let dry completely before greasing and reassembling.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE CAPS, MOUTHPIECE OR SLIDES IF THEY BECOME STUCK. A lack of oil and grease will cause the parts of your trumpet to stick. If they do stick take it to a technician immediately for removal. NEVER try to remove stuck parts with pliers or hammers!
  • Wipe off your fingerprints from your trumpet after every use. A clean, non-treated cotton cloth will work the best. If you do choose to use a treated polishing cloth be sure that it is for the proper finish. Using the wrong cloth could cause scratches.
  • Always store your instrument in its case with the lid closed when not in use. This will prevent any excess tarnishing and lower the risk of damage.
  • Do not put anything (including sheet music) inside the case with your instrument that does not belong. Closing the case with extra contents can cause damage to the valves or dents. Also, make sure that all the latches are securely closed before transporting your instrument.

TROMBONE
To keep your trombone in the best condition, please follow these suggestions:

Assembly
  • Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to put together your instrument.
  • NEVER force the parts of your instrument together.
  • Always lock the slide when you are assembling or not playing your instrument.
  • Assemble your trombone so the bell is over your left shoulder. With their teacherís close supervision, young children should make sure that the hand slide is a comfortable distance from the bell brace for the left hand position.
  • Make sure that you tighten the bell to hand slide fastening nut until it is snug and secure without over tightening.
Hand-Slide Oil Application
  • Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to apply hand-slide oil.
  • You should apply hand-slide oil to your instrument at least once a week. To apply, put the hand slide in approximately third position and apply a generous amount of oil to each slide. Your teacher can instruct you on how to determine the amount of oil that is needed.
Tuning Slide Grease Application
  • Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to apply tuning slide grease.
  • You should grease your slide as needed according to your teacherís instruction.
    • Remove slide and wipe off the old grease.
    • Apply a bit of grease to one end of one of the slide tubes and re-insert this side. Gently rotate the slide as it is pushed in, evenly distributing the grease to all parts of the slide.
    • Repeat this process with the other end of the slide tube.
    • When completed, insert the slide as normal and remove all excess grease. NEVER use Vaseline in place of slide grease. This will corrode your trombone.
    • A properly set tuning slide will slide in just by pushing on the outer edge of the crook. If you need to manipulate the slide to push it in it should be repaired.
Maintenance
  • Your mouthpiece should not have any dents in the end of the shank. If you notice any dents in your mouthpiece you should immediately take it to a technician for repair.
  • You should move and grease the tuning slide at least once a month and oil the hand slide at least once a week (or more frequently if needed). DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE MOUTHPIECE OR SLIDES IF THEY BECOME STUCK. A lack of oil and grease will cause the parts of your trombone to stick. If they do stick take it to a technician immediately for removal. NEVER try to remove stuck parts with pliers or hammers!
  • Wipe off your fingerprints from your trombone after every use. A clean, non-treated cotton cloth will work the best. If you do choose to use a treated polishing cloth be sure that it is for the proper finish. Using the wrong cloth could cause scratches.
  • Always store your instrument in its case with the lid closed when not in use. This will prevent any excess tarnishing and lower the risk of damage.
  • Do not put anything (including sheet music) inside the case with your instrument that does not belong. Closing the case with extra contents can cause damage to the valves or dents. Also, make sure that all the latches are securely closed before transporting your instrument.
Manuals
Jupiter Trombones




SAXOPHONE
To keep your saxophone in the best condition, please follow these suggestions:

Assembly
  • Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to put together your instrument.
  • NEVER force the parts of your instrument together.
  • Hold on to the bell and neck when attaching the neck to the body. To avoid bending the neck, hold on to the neck when attaching the mouthpiece to the neck assembly. Avoid holding the keys when assembling your saxophone.

Maintenance
  • Use cork grease on your saxophone as little as possible. When you do apply cork grease you will need to rub it into the cork.
  • When properly used, cork grease should allow you to assemble your saxophone without using excessive force.
  • Do not leave the reed attached to the mouthpiece. This will shorten the life of the reed and cause it to collect germs.
  • Wipe off your fingerprints from the keys after every use. A clean, non-treated cotton cloth will work the best. If you do choose to use a treated polishing cloth be sure that it is for the proper finish. Using the wrong treated cloth could cause scratches.
  • Clean out the moisture from your instrument with an absorbent cotton drop swab after every use by inserting it in the small end first. Removing the moisture from your saxophone before putting it away each time will prolong the life of the pads.
  • Please do not leave your neck strap attached to your instrument while in the case.
  • Always store your instrument in its case with the lid closed when not in use. This will prevent any excess tarnishing and lower the risk of damage.
  • Do not put anything (including sheet music) inside the case with your instrument that does not belong. Closing the case with extra contents can cause damage to the delicate keys. Also, make sure that all the latches are securely closed before transporting your instrument.
Manuals
Jupiter Saxophones









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