There is an art to it but the correct tools and some good mentoring/practice is key. Of course a desire to learn the craft, patience and lots of time help too.
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No, the heat and air repair does NOT work on brass instruments. Denting a horn can stretch the brass. A good tech works the dent back out mechanically.
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Because steel and aluminum are less malleable, they have more "memory," meaning it easier to put them back the way they were. A trumpet can never be put back the way it was, but only an approximation can be made. The best way to completely fix a trumpet dent and remove all signs that it ever existed is to reform the entire tube of brass.
So no, those kits won't work. Sorry.
However, there are a few interesting memory metal copper-based alloys being developed that maybe have some relevance to us. This video shows a NiTi type as it happens, but gives the general idea. I used to have a pair of specs made out of this stuff..
Bb Trumpets: Yamaha YTR-6335HSII - Flip Oakes "Wild Thing" - 1972 Getzen Eterna "Severinsen" - 1980 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Studio - B&S 3005 WTR-L - 1963 Besson 10-10 - Monke Mystery Horn - Spiri Vario
C Trumpet: Inderbinen Alpha 200
Bb Bass: 1961 Holton #58 "Symphony"
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