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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Dviglis, Nov 16, 2014.
Sounds pretty easy to me....
Unfortunately, the tools look like a significant investment. I would love to restore cars but the tools are a huge investment. Same with electronics engineering, another of my interests.
It seems like just about any craftsman trade takes a decent investment to get a serious start. I've been slowly working my way into wood carving, knife making, and some stone carving....and it's kind of startling how much $$$$$$$ it takes just to get the basic tools!
I'm sure that it would take exponentially more money to get everything needed to make a trumpet from scratch. Tools, materials, machines, electricity to run those machines, etc etc....
Assembly is a different story though. Maybe look into that? Source some of the major parts, fabricate some of the "smaller" or "easier" parts, then put it all together.
If you start small the cost will not be excessive, my purchases for repair, Torch $100, Dent ball set $400, Driver $90, small hand Burnisher $15. My taper mandrills I have made myself from scrap steel shafting scrounged from various sources. My original dent balls were salvaged balls from old ball bearings of various sizes, some softened and threaded to go on rods, some just braised onto rods. I have made my own wooden. plastic and leather mallets.
Compare with a set of Golf Clubs, local shop sells from $300 to $1000.
Why not find a repair shop in your vicinity and ask them whether you can look in while they are working? Perhaps even be a "third hand" in the shop whenever you have time? That's something no repairman can resist - at least, IMHO and IME.
Why not just take up surgery? It pays well, and all you need are a scalpel, needle, and thread....
Just remember to NOT start with the basics here either... make sure to start with a good heart transplant or something. So what if the vessels leak a "little bit" when you're done???
To me, all of that sounds like a very formidable idea for learning about trumpet building. Hoxon makes great valve blocks, and you could potentially get assistance [or at least info/expertise] in some parts of the assembly process...!