Trumpet Repair Tools

Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by GijsVis, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. GijsVis

    GijsVis Piano User

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    Hey TM,

    I know there are lots of techs around here, and I'm busy restauring horns as well, but by mostly just improvising some tools (Well, tools, wooden sticks, a rubber hammer, silicon spray, etc. And I have access to a supersonic cleaner :D). Now I'm looking for some real tools, things I can make myself, I have machines to make stuff, a column drill, a turning workbench (What's that in English, it's like a rotating workbench), and much more, because I work at a welding and steel construction company, or thing I can buy, no $500 dollar machines, but just basic tools for dent repair, tube cleaning, taking stuck parts out etc. Does anyone know some things? Because things would be one heck of a lot easier that way :lol:.

    Thanks,
    Gijs Vis
     
  2. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    Gum. I'd recommend Bubbleicious. Can repair a whale of a lot of things ..... :thumbsup:


    Turtle
     
  3. kingtrumpet

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    I'm not a tech --- so my advice is worthless ---- the finest thing, I have found for "moderately" stuck slides is a towel that you wrap around the slide (the inside of the round part) --- and it provides even pressure on the slide, so LIGHT pulls on the towel, can help remove the slide without denting it.
    Of course - this towel is not new a new tool -- and not hi-tech, but I couldn't resist adding it, because -- it wasn't mentioned before.

    great to have someone like you - who is interested in instrument repair --- I only know of a couple of qualified people in my area -- and they are overbooked in repair jobs.

    have you thought about repairing other instruments --(flutes, clarinet, non brass?) -- just a thought as it might be an useful (hobby) to help repair instruments
     
  4. GijsVis

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    Yes, I've done the towel trick a few times before, and it worked quite well, but I've got an old euphonium with really stuck slides, I was able to get out two of them with a towel and some silicon spray (The stuff used to clean/grease bicycle chains), but there's two left.

    Yes I just loving working on horns, I've done three now, not professional at all, but I've made them from an old scrap of brass to playable horns, and I have two other horns right now to fix up. I just need/want to learn lots of new stuff and tricks on how to do it, and some good tools for the job.

    I might try some other instruments later on, when I have more experience, but for now horns, which I get how they work and how to improve them, keep me busy enough. I did fix a guitar from my brother, where the neck was broken and the tuning things were stuck and old, it came out nicely.

    I might ask at the music store/repair shop how they do it, and ask if I can have a look, but I don't think they would appriciate that, since than the don't make money ey. :lol:
     
  5. tobylou8

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  6. GijsVis

    GijsVis Piano User

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    Thanks! These sites are really usefull :D

    Tools like the slide knocker ( D'S T-SLIDE KNOCKEROUTER ) or the mpc shank tool ( VALENTINO BRASS MOUTHPIECE SHANK TOOL ) seem really usefull right now, and I can make these quite easily in the workplace, which would give me one about $30 cheaper, and lots of other tools I can just order, thanks a lot :).

    Does anybody have the two tools listed above, or something similar? Would you mind giving some measurements or something then?
     
  7. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

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    Sounds like a popular idea at the moment that's one reason I bought that Lincoln Selmer was to do it up if I can. I like the slide knocker outer idea and was about to fashion myself a specific version for my new toy
     
  8. motteatoj

    motteatoj Mezzo Forte User

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    Does anyone know of brass instrument repair classes?
     
  9. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    A supersonic cleaner? Out of the Concorde factory, no doubt ;) What you mean is an ultrasound bath...
     
  10. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

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    IMO "Ultra" ... and "Super"... in this context have the same meaning. Likewise "Sonics" and "Sound". A super sonic aircraft is one that breaks the sound barrier as means only that its speed is faster than the speed of [yet known to humans] sound.
     

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