Musical Instrument Lubricants
extensive range of Hetman® Musical
Instrument Lubricants constitutes an application-specific
system of advanced instrument care for the discriminating
musician. This system of lubricants was developed to go
beyond the limitations of conventional oils and provide a
new level of instrument performance and
Leading Edge Technology - each lubricant embodies the
most advanced technology, providing superior,
longer-lasting performance, and protection against wear
Application-Specific - each lubricant's viscosity and
formulation is designed for its specific
Compatibility - each lubricant is compatible with
conventional petroleum-based oils, avoiding potential
gumming problems associated with some
Easy Application - each lubricant is packaged with a
dispensing system that allows convenient application to
the most difficult-to-reach lubrication
Application Guide - an easy-to-follow application guide
is available that clearly describes the proper use of
Synthetic Piston Lubricants provide superior wear and
corrosion protection for all types of piston valves.
Whether your instrument has Monel, stainless steel, or
nickel-plated pistons, these long-lasting, non-gumming
lubricants will provide for an action that is smooth,
quick and consistent. Three nontoxic viscosity grades are
available in 60 ml controlled dropper tip
LIGHT PISTON - Specifically formulated for close
tolerance piston valves. PN: H1-LP-60
PISTON - Designed for instruments with piston valves
having average clearance. PN: H2-P-60.
CLASSIC PISTON - Synthetic protection for your
classic instrument. Specially formulated oil helps to
seal piston valves that exhibit greater than average
clearance. Helps prevent valves from sticking. PN:
Synthetic Slide Oils are formulated for first and third
valve slides (trumpets, cornets, etc.). These lubricants
are designed to maintain an airtight seal and smooth
slide action when making intonation adjustments. The
proper choice of viscosity grade depends on the fit and
length of your slides. Generally speaking, lighter
viscosities are needed for tighter fitting and longer
length slides, whereas heavier viscosities are required
for looser fitting and shorter length slides. One should
choose the heaviest viscosity that still allows rapid
slide movement. Packaged in 22 ml bottles with special
dropper tip applicator. Available in three nontoxic,
non-gumming, long-lasting viscosity grades:
LIGHT SLIDE OIL - Formulated for tighter fitting
valve slides and valve slides of longer length. PN:
SLIDE OIL - Original formula (Tuning Slide Oil).
Medium viscosity for most first and third valve slides.
HEAVY SLIDE OIL - Designed for looser fitting valve
slides and valve slides of shorter length. PN: H6-HSO-22.
Slide Grease Lubricants are designed for tuning slides
and valve slides that are normally maintained in position
once adjusted. The choice of three unique, nontoxic
products allows for smooth, air-tight performance of both
tight and loose fitting slides:
SLIDE-GEL - This special tuning slide lubricant
provides long-lasting seal and firm slide motion. A
premium, hi-viscosity product that will not bunch-up in
the ends of slide tubes. Adhesive formulation protects
slides against corrosion and wear. Packaged in 22 ml
bottles with special dropper tip applicator. See USG No.
9 for additional application. PN: H7-SGL-22.
PREMIUM SLIDE GREASE &endash; A long-lasting slide
lubricant of heavier consistency, this premium slide
grease keeps slides airtight and moving smoothly.
Packaged in 10 cc jars. PN: H8-SGR-10.
ULTRA SLIDE GREASE - A unique slide grease of
extra-heavy consistency designed primarily for
instruments with loose fitting slides. Perfect
alternative for vintage instruments with corroded slide
tubes that run the risk of splitting or cracking when
being expanded. This tacky grease keeps slides in place
and airtight. Resists breakdown. May be used together
with Slide-Gel to obtain the desired "feel" or
"pull" of one's slides. Packaged in 10cc jars. PN:
Lubricants offers a special multi-purpose synthetic
lubricating grease packaged in a precision 10cc syringe
applicator for a multitude of woodwind and brasswind
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT GREASE - This unique product
features a nontoxic, synthetic lubricating grease
packaged in a convenient, sealable, dispensing syringe.
Woodwind and Brasswind applications include: flat springs
and tracks (bronze & steel), pivot screws, clamp
screws, wing screws, sax neck screws, linkage joints,
lever hinges, ball joints, and threads (valve stems,
valve caps and screw bells). In addition to superior wear
protection and extreme pressure performance, this
plastics-safe, synthetic grease is waterproof and helps
to prevent rust. 10 cc syringe applicator. PN:
Lubricants: Hetman® Synthetic Rotor
Lubricants provide for long-lasting rotary valve
performance. These lubricants will protect rotors and
valve casings against corrosion and wear while improving
valve seal. Hetman® Synthetic Rotor
Lubricants will not swell rubber bumpers or damage
plastic components. The 22 ml long-tipped precision
needle oiler facilitates application through the slide
tubes. Available in two nontoxic, non-gumming viscosity
LIGHT ROTOR - Formulated specifically for close
tolerance rotors. PN: H11-LR-22.
ROTOR - Designed for instruments with rotors having
average clearance. PN: H12-R-22.
Bearing Lubricants: Hetman® Synthetic
Bearing Lubricants are designed to protect rotary valve
spindle bearings, the most critical wear points of the
rotary valve. Spindle bearings require lubricants that
allow the rotor to move quickly while simultaneously
combating the tremendous stresses these components are
subjected to. Hetman® Synthetic Bearing
Lubricants are engineered to ensure maximum wear
protection without slowing the action. These bearing
lubricants protect against corrosion and will not damage
plastic components or swell rubber bumpers. 22 ml
precision needle oiler. Available in two nontoxic,
non-gumming viscosity grades:
LIGHT BEARING - Designed for close tolerance spindle
bearings. PN: H13-LB-22.
BEARING & LINKAGE - Formulated for instruments
with spindle bearings of average clearance. This
lubricant is also an excellent choice for spherical rod
end bearings (e.g. "Minibal" and "Unibal" linkage joints)
and other linkage components (see linkage application
below). PN: H14-BL-22.
and BALL JOINT LUBRICANTS
and Ball Joint Lubricants: Hetman®
Synthetic Linkage and Ball Joint Lubricants are
formulated for superior performance and protection of
rotary valve linkage components: spherical rod end
bearings (e.g. "Minibal" and "Unibal"), linkage joints,
cross joints, lever hinges and ball joints. These
lubricants combat wear; provide for positive, quiet
actions; and prevent corrosion of linkage components.
These formulations are nontoxic, and non-damaging to
plastic components and rubber bumpers. Packaged in 22 ml
precision needle oilers.
BEARING & LINKAGE - For spherical rod end
bearings (e.g. "Minibal" and "Unibal"), linkage joints,
cross joints and lever hinges. Also recommended for
rotary valve spindle bearings (see spindle bearing
application above). PN: H14-BL-22.
BALL JOINT - A heavy viscosity lubricant designed
specifically for ball joints. This synthetic quiets noisy
joints and assures a smooth action by functioning as both
a lubricant and a vibration dampening agent. Although
formulated for ball joints typically exhibiting looser
tolerances, this lubricant has found wide use on pivot
screws, worn linkage components, screw bell threads,
valve stem threads, and valve cap threads. Will not harm
plastic joints. PN: H15-BJ-22.
Synthetic Key Lubricants are specifically designed for
musical instrument keys that utilize hinge tube and rod
construction. These high technology lubricants provide
superior key action by establishing a tenacious,
synthetic lubricating film between the hinge rods and
hinge tubes. This protective synthetic layer reduces
friction and wear, prevents corrosion of hinge rods,
dampens sympathetic vibrations, and quiets noisy keys.
choice of three viscosity grades (Light, Medium, and
Heavy) allows the professional to maximize the
performance of the instrument's action by selecting the
lubricant grade that is best suited to the instrument.
The use of the proper viscosity key lubricant ensures an
action that is quick, crisp, smooth, and quiet.
Hetman® Synthetic Key Lubricants are
nontoxic, long-lasting, non-gumming, and plastics-safe.
Each lubricant is packaged in a 22 ml precision needle
oiler dispenser making application simple, neat, and
LIGHT KEY - A light viscosity synthetic lubricant
formulated for instruments with close tolerance actions.
Frees sticking keys by penetrating into hinge tubes.
Provides for a smooth, quick action. PN:
MEDIUM KEY - The preferred key lubricant for most
instruments. The viscosity of this synthetic is best
suited to actions of average tolerance. Keeps keys moving
quickly, smoothly, and quietly. PN: H17-MK-22.
HEAVY KEY - A synthetic key lubricant engineered for
instruments with worn actions and instruments that
characteristically exhibit greater action tolerance.
Quiets noisy keys and dampens sympathetic vibrations
without slowing the instrument's action. PN:
Lubricants offers a special clear, nontoxic formulation
for woodwind corks. Packaged in 22 ml bottles with
special dropper tip applicator.
PREMIUM CORK LUBRICANT - A long lasting, premium cork
lubricant that provides for smooth, positive tenon joint
assembly while ensuring long cork life. Preserves joint
corks without causing build-up or caking. Special dropper
tip applicator makes dispensing neat and easy. Also
recommended for ligature and sax neck screws. PN:
Lubricants offers a unique water-soluble spray
concentrate, and applicator for trombone slides.
Hydro-Slide concentrate is formulated to be mixed
with water in various concentrations thereby
accommodating the particular characteristics of the
artist's trombone slide.
HYDRO-SLIDE - slide spray concentrate and
applicator for trombones. When added to water,
Hydro-Slide forms an extraordinary lubricating
fluid. It is designed to be used with or without slide
cream to for an unusually smooth slide action. Follow the
directions on the Hydro-Slide applicator bottle.
Fill the applicator bottle with water to the "water line"
then add Hydro-Slide concentrate to the desired
level (1:40, 1:20 or 1:10). Mix thoroughly and spray on
the trombone slide as needed.
Concentrate, 22 ml
H20A-HSA-60 Applicator, 60 ml