Musical instruments

Common Repair Works For Trumpets

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The various components of a trumpet must work together in order to function and play properly. However, it’s not uncommon for problems to arise. Experiencing different problems with the trumpet and its various components is a normal part of owning the instrument. But don’t worry, many of the issues can quickly be fixed by a qualified repair technician.

Stuck Mouthpieces
This is not fixed to trumpets only, stuck mouthpieces are also common in trombones, saxophone, and in any other brass instrument that is played through a mouthpiece. Since mouthpiece goes from narrow to wide, it’s common to get stuck over time. Most amateur trumpet players assume they can fix the problem with a pair of pliers or vice grips, but this is exactly the wrong method. Trumpet brass is soft and thus, it bends easily, so don’t try to fix it on your own. Trumpet repairs must be done only through technicians who have special tools to fix the problem easily.

Air Leakage
A trumpet that is used frequently can suffer from leaking valves. The air leaks out between the valve and casing and this can affect the sound. You can opt for heavier valve oil to reduce air leakage. If it still doesn’t work, take the trumpet to a repairer or consider full replacement.

Sticky Valves
After playing for several days, the valves of the trumpet are bound to stick. Sticking valves make it more difficult to play. In such a case use good quality of valve oil to release the cramps. Keep them lubricated as much as possible. Consider to oil the valves at least once a week.

Broken joints from soldering
This repair work is done with a gas torch. This problem occurs when a trumpet is twisted or dropped. The repairing is done by heating the joints until they’re hot enough to melt the solder. The repair technician adds a new soldering across the whole joint to make the trumpet functional again.

A Stuffy Sound
If you notice a clogged or stuffy sound coming from your instrument, don’t be worried, it’s a common problem that’s related to the trumpet’s valves. The problem can arise from valves whose corks, felts, or spacers may have worn down. If these areas are fine, then the water key must’ve broken or leaking. Stuffy sound can also arise from air leakage and make sure a foreign object isn’t stuck in the trumpet.

These are some of the common issues faced by a trumpet player. Be sure, not to fix the problems on your own as it can worsen them. Consider to call a professional trumpet repairer.

How To Preserve Woodwind Instrument

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Brass Woodwind Repairs

Most accidents with woodwind instruments happen when they are not encased in between usage periods. Keys can bend out of place and flutes can be really annoying with a banana-like shape.

The safest place
It is recommended, when not in use, to keep the instrument inside the instrument box, as it is the safest place. Equally, damages can be best avoided if not accidentally dropped. It is better to keep them in hard cases rather than gig bags.

Handling the instrument
When playing an instrument, make sure that the position of the hands is applying minimal pressure on the keys. Especially with saxophones, the principal danger occurs with the crook which is the top joint. On the contrary, clarinets have keys that need to be matched from one joint to the next, increasing the risk of damage. All these can be avoided if you are careful enough and learn to handle the instrument properly. If you are in doubt, bring the instrument to a recognised repairer who is expert in brass and woodwind repairs.

Greasing the instrument
Make sure that you grease all the cork joints regularly to avoid any difficulty of playing and therefore, putting unnecessary pressure on the instrument. Some people apply Vaseline as a substitute to woodwind corks, but petroleum jelly is not exactly made to grease and therefore attracts dust, causing more complications to the instrument.

It is true that metal joints on saxophones and flutes need to be greased. But, if the instrument is purchased from a reputed company, there should be no need for lubrication.

Play in clean mouth
A major mistake done by most of the players is, playing the instrument without properly washing the mouth or immediately after having some food. Remember, do not hurry to play immediately after having something. This not only damages the instrument but can also make you feel pukey. It is recommended to play any woodwind instrument only after an hour of having something. This is because, when you blow on something (sometimes with pressure), the esophagus and stomach take pressure and tend to work in an opposite manner. It means that instead of containing the food in stomach, they have a tendency to lift the same upwards. This can cause regurgitation. And when it comes to the instrument, the pads are at maximum risk which may sometimes need to be replaced.

It is recommended to take the woodwind and brass instruments to a qualified repairer at least once in a year for servicing and to keep the instrument in good condition.

How To Arrange A Simple Musical Event At Home?

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Arranging any kind of event is always a fun filled activity. Activities can be of many kinds. The main aim of arranging different kind of events is to have a gathering with close friends and family members. The gathering can be more exciting if it is about participating in various interactive activities and entertainments. Music event is one such common yet unique type of interactive gathering which can simply be organised in one’s house. However, in order to arrange the musical event at your home, you need to follow certain procedures, which have been stated below elaborately. Check them out –

Make a guest list
The first and foremost step of organising this kind of event is to make a structured guest list. It is suggested not to include too many names. Since it is a simple party, so make the list simple as well. Invite your close friends, colleagues and family members.

Decorate your room
Decorate the room where you have decided to arrange the event with necessary decorating items. Make sure to highlight the ambience of the event and proceed with the decoration process accordingly.

Musical instruments
Since its about arranging a musical event, set up a space for some musical instruments such as guitar, violin, trumpet, etc. Call a piano tuning and repairs professional and check your piano thoroughly. All the musical instruments must be in good condition in order to for the musical event to be fruitful.

Arrange for food 
It is not necessary to include heavy food items in the party menu. Simply arranging for some snacks like sandwiches, finger fries, burgers, chips and refreshments such as soda drinks, tea, coffee will be enough for the gathering. So contact a local confectionery shop and order the food items a day in advance and ask the professionals to deliver them on the day of the event according to your preferred time.

Include different activities
Musical events are not just about singing and playing music. Music itself has many options for interaction. Thus, all of the participants can sing a chorus song together as well. Try to come up with innovative music related ideas also and entertain your guests throughout the event.

Hence, follow all the aforementioned steps and start planning your musical event now.