2012-01-08 04:01:08 UTC
School starts Monday after a long recess and my kid's trumpet valves are
stuck in place. We can't find the valve oil.
It's not a life-or-death 'emergency' - but it got me thinking (not being a
musician) what I could use that I had around the house to lubricate the
Unfortunately, I don't have 'sewing machine oil' at home (which googling
says works ok). But I do have '3-in-1 household oil'.
The MSDS says 3-in-1 is "Severely Hydrotreated Heavy Naphthenic Oil" (> 97%
with 2% Naptha). PDF = http://tinyurl.com/6wlw2vs
That sounds horrid. The music store will be closed until the kid goes to
Googling some more, I see some people say that 'mineral oil' works (which I
can probably get at a drug store, right?) but before I go farther, I wonder
if anyone here has advice for an easily found substitute for trumpet oil on
a Sunday (i.e., hardware or drug store chemical)?
BTW, this ehow article says to use "lamp oil" and "essential oil" in
addition to "scent oil" and "sewing machine oil". Is it just me or are most
of these oils (with the exception of sewing machine oil) exotic or what?