I've been thinking about putting a repair and maintenance kit together for a while, since a lot of people already come to me to ask to do maintenance or do little things like replacing corks and such or what to do about this or that problem on their instrument, I thought of making a kit to help straight away, rather than taking it home. (And my conductor will love me for keeping 'his' orchestra together ). By no means I want to perform mayor or professional repairs, but just the little things and some cleaning
I want to keep it compact, so I might be able to just put it in my case.
What I came up with putting in yet are:
- Oil and grease, quite obviously, to make parts moving again
- Penetration oil, if something is stuck, that might loosen it up
- A small rubber/rawhide mallet and a small pencil torch
- A conical mouthpiece brush, to clean mouthpieces or other tubing or valves
- A small flashlight, to check within tubing
- I will be munufacturing a mouthpiece puller soon with an old friend of my father, who is the instrument maker of the University of Leiden
Other peoples ideas:
- Swiss army knife/leatherman
- Spare parts (corks, felts)
- Small screwdrivers and a pair of flat smooth jaw pliers
Now I'm posting this because I'ld love to hear suggestions about what to add or remove or how to do things with relatively low tech gear. I'm also wondering about woodwind instrument repair and cleaning, I don't know a lot about that, but I would like to learn about is, since a lot of people also ask me about that (stuck pads and stuff).