SIMPLE ON THE SPOT REPAIRS FOR WOODWIND AND BRASS INSTRUMENTS
Band Directors are a very talented breed,being able to teach,administer,coax ,cajole and heck,even do repairs, making them a real Multi -Tasking Person of the Twent-first century.It is in this last category of repairing that I am somewhat reminded of the Star Choice Viewing Packages of Gold,Silver and Bronze because the level of confidence and comfort that each director has for repairing instruments so clearly falls into Gold,Silver and Bronze levels of expertise.
Because of such a wide audience I will try to provide both Gold and Bronze answers to some basic problems that arise in your band room.
Gold /Silver: screwdrivers ( as
many sizes as
1. Water key spring is loose or weak.
Gold:Grab the end of the spring with
Bronze: Wrap an
2. Water cork
3. Weak piston action
Gold: Good cleaning in hot soapy
Bronze:Try pulling the
Gold:If it is accessible,then duct or
Same as the Gold guys
5.Poor Trombone slide action
A) * Remove the inner
slide and place the outer slide on a flat
Gold:Grip the ends of
the inner slide (that fits
Bronze:Say three Hail
B) *Lay inner slide on flat surface
and see if one of the ends is twisted up .
Gold:Grip ends of inner
slide that fit
Bronze:Face Mecca and
Gold:With your right hand hold
Bronze: Don't go
6 Sticking middle valve on
Gold:Push on slide with base of your
Bronze:Make student do 20
8 Tight top cap on valve
Gold:Tap cap gently with rawhide
Bronze:Tap student on
9. Rotary valves sticking on french horn/bass trombone
Gold:Tap the retaining screw (in
centre of valve)
Bronze:This is an easy
1 Octave key
extension so it
Bronze:Give student a different
B) The neck octave key is bent.
Gold:Hold the ring firmly against
3 Sticking Bb or G# pad.
piece of cotton cloth
Bronze:You can easily
4. G# key not sealing when lower keys played.
Gold: Put some
tape around the
Bronze:Use Duct,electrical or
5 Shrunken neck cork,will not hold mouthpiece properly.
Gold: Apply cork grease to cork and
Bronze:If you want to
Gold:Use a twist tie ,but twist it
Bronze:The Gold Guys are doing
8 Loose pivot screws
9. Unable to play
Gold:Turn adjusting screw
Bronze:This is the one
10 Cannot play low
Bronze.Wrap masking tape
12.Problems with upper octave on
Bronze:Put some duct tape over the
14.Loose head cork
Gold:Coat cork with grease and pass
Bronze:Wrap some masking tape
15. Loose foot
16 Loose pivot screw especially
D/E/F/F# key assembly.
Oboe , bassoon ,and
piccolo....... don't go there unless it is something obvious
All these ideas work as I've seen them all come through the shop.However,they are only temporary and will get you through a concert,or whatever ,until you can get it repaired.
The management will not accept any responsibility for utilizing the above information and if you would like to raise any queries ...too bad.
Seriously,please contact me
with any further ideas or
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