Can Trumpet Rust? (All You Should Know)

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Written by Corey Morgan

CAN TRUMPET RUST? No, trumpet do not rust but the chances of a trumpet rusting is very low and in this article, not only are we telling you the required answer, we will also show you how and why it is so.

Why do Trumpets not rust?

The reason trumpets do not rust is simply because of its components and formation. That is to say that most trumpet do not rust because of the substance they are made from, or the substance they are made with, hence rust appears to be far from them.

Trumpets do not rust for the following reasons:

  • Composite elements of the trumpets
  • Maintenance of the trumpet

Composite Elements of the Trumpet:

First, it is important to establish without any reserve that trumpets are mostly made of brass. This simply implies that a lot of trumpets are made by brass and have no iron in them, hence they do not rust.

To further explain, brass is made up of alloy, copper and zinc, and rather than rust, they may just wear off which also accounts for why trumpets do not rust. So trumpets do not rust because of the composite elements used in making them.

Maintenance of the Trumpet:

Another reason for which trumpets do not rust, whether they are made of brass or of pure gold and pure silver (trumpets are made with fine elements of gold or fine elements of silver on special request), is in its maintenance. When a trumpet is properly handled and meticulously cleaned, the trumpet stays sparkling regardless of the lifespan of the trumpet.

What then happens to trumpets?

While trumpets do not rust, trumpets often wear off. This wearing off is entirely different from rust. Rust occurs in the presence of water, oxygen, and nitrogen on iron. The wearing off happens when the coating and colour seem to be fading away.

To avoid this from happening, it is important to take proper care of the trumpet by oiling the valves and cleaning every feature of the trumpet well. It is also important to give the trumpet a warm bathe in a soapy water so that dirt sticking at some ends are taken away. The valves should not be soaked in water, just clean it with a piece of soft cloth and oil them.

What does a trumpet look like?

Although we are aware that a trumpet is a musical instrument for classic or jazz music, and that we are also aware of what a trumpet looks like, as well as why it does not rust, there is need to further describe the appearance of a trumpet, as well as some of the basic features of trumpet.

The essence of this description is not just to give you a content to stay busy with, but to show you the distinct features which you may not have noticed, in order to improve how you clean your trumpets too.


The trumpet is usually yellow in colour. It is made with brass, and is mostly coated with a yellow colour apart from the special requests that are made of pure of gold or of pure silver, and are either silver or gold in colour.

The trumpet is not the only musical instrument for classic music or for Jazz music that is mostly yellow colour; that is to say the yellow colour is not entirely synonymous to the trumpet, neither is the colour monopolized by the trumpet among other instruments that are used in producing classic music, or for the production of jazz music.


The size of trumpets are basically different and is based on the tube, as well as on the bore of the trumpet. More so, the size of the trumpet is further determined by the type of trumpet in question because there are about ten types of trumpets that look somewhat different, and also serves a variety of purposes.


Every trumpet has a bore. This is because the bore in a trumpet is designed to take in air that is required to take in air to trumpet in order to produce a sound that is stable and harmonious from the trumpet. The bore size relates to the diameter of the tubing in your trumpet.

For a beginner, the bore ranges between the medium size, and the large size, and is usually about zero point four five nine. (0.459m). While the trumpeters with great expertise are well acquainted with the bores that are larger in size and this also affects the sound produced by the instrument.


Another important feature of the trumpet is the valves. The valves and its block are very important features of the trumpet because these features provides for the player a required interface that enables the player properly interact with the instrument to produce good music.


The size of the bell, as well as the material of the bell also determines the sound the instrument can produce. The bell of most trumpets is usually about four point five inches, although there are other sizes. The bigger the size of the bell, the louder the effect of its sound, and the wider the area or atmosphere that sound fills.

In most trumpets, the bell is either one piece or two piece depending on the type of trumpet and bell as well.  The trumpet used by beginners is mostly the two-piece bell, while the experts are best acquainted with the one-piece bell that is usually made by handcraft.

However, the trumpets with that have the one-piece bell are louder and produce better sounds than those from the trumpet that has a two piece bell.


The mouth piece is another feature of the trumpet, without which the trumpet cannot be played nor used. There are various types, sizes, and styles of the embouchure and mouthpiece. It is important for trumpeters to choose a mouthpiece that is suitable for them, as this one reason the mouthpiece is subjective.

One may have to try out a lot of trumpet mouthpiece before deciding on which they should stick with. It is also okay for players to decide to change their mouthpiece overtime.

Finger Hooks & Slide Rings

The finger hooks and the slide rings are necessary for a player to comfortably hold the trumpet while making music with classical instrument. It is more preferable for beginners to purchase hooks and slide rings that are adjustable, especially the model that has a third valve slide rings.

Water keys

The water keys are mostly used to drain moistures (water or saliva) from the trumpet and it has the ability to improve the lifespan of the trumpet. The water keys are usually found on the third valve slide.

Again, there are a variety of water keys, like the Amado water keys, the traditional level, and the spring version of the traditional level. While this feature seem to be smaller in size as they do not use a lot of space, they also require a more meticulous maintenance because apart from being thoroughly cleaned, they also need to be constantly greased with oil.


The stays are an essential part of the trumpet as they provide the structure off the classical instrument with the rigidity it needs. They also provide this rigidity for the shape, the stays also provides the structure and the shape with the strength it requires.

This feature is found between the section of the bell and the lead pipe, they are also found between the opposing tubes of the instruments main slide for tuning. More so, the positioning of the stays in the trumpet contributes to sound produced by the instrument which is why various models place it differently.

Amazing Facts about the Trumpet

Here are a few amazing facts that surrounds the existence of the trumpet, and we think that you should know them.

  • A trumpet could be taller than an average human:

We are not going about comparing the heights of women to those of things, but trust me this worth finding out. Although most trumpets are small in size, there are still trumpets that have a tubing that is about six point five feet, which makes it taller than an average human being.

  • Trumpets are more than three thousand years old:

It is amazing right? Well trumpets are well above three thousand years as the discovery of trumpets dates back to the depictions of an artwork in Egypt, around three hundred BC.  However, in the beginning the trumpets did not have any keys nor valves until in the seventeenth century.

  • Trumpets are made of both wood and brass:

The trumpets that were made before the seventeenth century and around three hundred BC were made of wood. The early men, or the ancient and medieval men used wood for most of the inventions especially since they were not fully aware of science at the time.

However the use of brass for the carving or making of trumpets began in the modern period, a time science was discovered and added to all things.

  •  A trumpet has about forty-five different notes:

Although a standard trumpet has only three valves that have already been shared in the features, the trumpet through the valves has more than three notes. The trumpet has forty-five notes which can be produced by a keen manipulation of the valves.

Final Thougts on can trumpet rust

More than any other thing you might have read from this article, you are certain that trumpet do not rust because there is no element of iron in it, and that while it does not rust, it can actually wear away based on usage under little or no maintenance.