DIY Repairs

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by andy-rockstar, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. andy-rockstar

    andy-rockstar Pianissimo User

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    I'm tempted to learn how to do my own soldering repairs. Before I start investing in any equipment, I'm wondering if there's any specific type of solder used for instrument repairs, or is it just regular stuff I can get anywhere?
     
  2. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Solder without resin core. 63/37 has the same melt and flow point, so it is the easiest to work with.

    If you do decide to do this, get a cheap trumpet that you aren't afraid to ruin before you try it on your own horn.

    You also need flux to get the solder to flow, and a good torch. Gas types can be butane, acetylene or natural gas. Those are the most common kinds.

    Also if your horn is lacquered, get something to buff the areas you want to solder. Solder won't flow on the lacquer, and you will likely burn a lot of it trying to resolder your horn.
     

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