I am just not really into the equipment side of being a trumpeter--I still play the Bach Bb that James Darling picked out for me at Giardinelli’s in 1980--rather it is the music that I find attractive. Imagine my surprise when I find myself excited about valve oil!
A very thin oil such as Al Cass just doesn’t work with the older, somewhat worn valves that I play. I have tried others such as Hetmann, Ultra Pure, Selmer, and Yamaha, with some success, but I was simply never completely satisfied. That all changed when Jeff Snyder from the Monette shop suggested that I try Tech-Oil
. Jeff made some claims about the oil and I said to myself, “Yeah, whatever, how good can oil be?” Well, Tech-Oil
is all that Jeff claimed and more! My valves have, perhaps, been faster, but never this smooth or reliable. Honestly, I oil my valves maybe once a month and Tech-Oil
works like a dream on all of my horns: old or new, piston or rotary.
is a simple, three step process:
1 Clean your valves--perhaps simply wipe them off with a leather chamois.
2 Oil your valves.
3 Forget about them for about a month.Tech Oil
was created by David Braun. According to David’s website,
the feature I find so compelling is lubricity, “Tech-Oil forms a film between the piston and the valve casing. The highly cohesive film resists sideways forces that otherwise cause metal contact and "sticking". Customers have noticed that Tech-Oil often solves sticky valve problems and saves trips to the repair shop.
” The key to valve oil endurance is volatility, “This measures the tendency of liquids to evaporate. Many valve oils dry out too fast, requiring frequent application. Tech-Oil stays in the valves by having a low rate of evaporation, allowing use even in hot weather.”
Dave is a somewhat curmudgeonly old coot who has retired and passed the distribution of Tech-Oil
on to Steve France at themusic-store.com.
Dave charged $12.00/bottle as does Steve, however, Steve offers serious discounts for bulk purchases, hence my lifetime supply pictured above.