PERCUSSION REPAIR TIPS AND IDEAS
Let's face it, percussion repairs can often be a very confusing and even frustrating experience. Especially without the right tools, parts and know-how to get the job done correctly. Frequent evidence of half-working instruments and other hardware equipment littering storage areas or closets offer proof that percussion maintenance is often neglected or too complex to repair by many people.
Repairs seem like a nuts & bolts proposition, but many times these repairs can lead to getting in over your head. Sometimes parts are hard to acquire or find and at times the supposed right part doesn't fit. Here are some ideas that you can do as preventive maintenance as well as some thoughts on what to do if you are possibly facing a bigger task than you are capable of handling.
Hello, everyone! This month I actually get to talk about… trumpets! Brass instruments tend to be a little easier to care for than your typical woodwind, but there are some things you need to do on a regular basis to avoid problems.
Care and maintenance of the trumpet is pretty straight forward. The mouthpiece can be cleaned with a little dish washing liquid and warm water, using a mouthpiece brush to scrub the inside. Once a month you need to remove all the slides and valves, and clean them, along with the body of the trumpet, with warm, soapy water and a cleaning snake. If you are not going to do this on a monthly basis, you should bring it in to the shop once a year to have a chemical cleaning done. Not keeping the inside clean will allow the brass to start to rot from the inside out. Eventually small holes will start to develop, and the repairs can be very expensive. Regular cleaning is also important to prevent stuck slides and sluggish valves from becoming a nuisance.
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