Cheap trumpet service!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by MiniBryan, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. MiniBryan

    MiniBryan Pianissimo User

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    Hey guys I found this trumpet service which involves disassembly, warm-waterbath, chem bath, and another warm water bath. Also a replacement of felts, valve springs & guides, waterkey corks and springs with New Original Equipment (OEM) parts. And minor dent removal, lube, reassembly and lastly play testing only for 79 bucks. Thought this was pretty cool and cheap for you guys wanting to fix up your trumpet out there. :thumbsup:

    SORRY guys I forgot to add the link! Okay here it is. http://www.mouthpieceexpress.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=510_981&products_id=18080
     
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  2. keehun

    keehun Piano User

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    What you pay for is what you get... You didn't even include the name of the service/mechanic.
     
  3. MiniBryan

    MiniBryan Pianissimo User

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    Lol my mistake I forgot to add the link!:shhh: there i edited it. :lol:
     
  4. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    I don't see anything to get excited about, this is normal pricing:huh:
     
  5. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    Don't forget to add shipping costs.

    $60 is what I pay to have this done locally, at a shop where I personally know and trust the technician.
     
  6. MiniBryan

    MiniBryan Pianissimo User

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    Oh, you guys are lucky my music shop does this for 200 bucks! What a rip off right? :shhh:
     
  7. trumpetsplus

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    I currently charge $75 and give students a decent discount.

    I wish I could get $200 for this work - I would have some cash left over to be able to afford developing some more instruments.
     
  8. jmichaelhurt

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    Unless the horn gets brushed out with soap after the chem bath then all you have is a lot of loose crap still in your horn. The chemicals don't actually clean anything on the inside of the horn. They neutralize whatever deposits are in your horn and may loosen them up a bit but they certainly don't just dissolve them.
    In addition to dipping the horn in chemicals we use a tubular brush on a bench motor and brush out all the slides and ports. Then we rinse the horn and polish the slides with a specially treated cloth. After polishing the horn, if it's silver, we align the valves and play test. $110 for lacquered horns and $150 for silver.
    I've worked at Rich Ita's for nearly 7 years and I've never seen horns get as clean as we can get them know matter how old or dirty they are.
     
  9. trumpetup

    trumpetup Piano User

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    $80.00 is about the average price for this service around the Ft Worth/Dallas area. They will even include removing a few small dents
     
  10. SteveB

    SteveB Mezzo Piano User

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    Yeah, given the choice, I'd rather take my horn to a local tech, even if it is a few dollars more.

    Not only do you know that your horn isn't going to get lost or damaged in shipping, but establishing a rapport with a local tech can do nothing but put you in good graces with him when you might need some emergency work down the road.

    And yes, $60 to $85 is pretty typical for the above-described service.
     

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