Heres a series of before and afters of an overhaul that took more than a month.
Most of the tuning slide crooks had to be replaced and no less than 30 solder joints were done putting this baby back together.
Smashed Super 20 Tenor
Super 20 after a lot of "Magic"
Here's a before and after of a trumpet that someone sat on. Yeah, we're that good.
Brass Repair Prices & Info
Before photo of Buescher 400
BASIC BRASS REPAIR DESCRIPTIONS
Clean & Service: Complete disassembly; the instrument and mouthpiece (if included) are chemically cleaned and sanitized. All slide tubes are polished and re-lubricated. All valve corks, water key corks, and felts are replaced. Valves are thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and adjusted to their casings.
Clean & Service (Silver plated):Includes all of the above, plus polishing silver.
Complete Overhaul: Complete disassembly; dent removal (average)*, stripping of old lacquer, buffing and lacquering with baked on epoxy lacquer; replacement of felts, corks, and necessary springs.
* Extra charge for excessive dent removal and/or necessary parts.
WITH ADVANCED TECHNIQUES AND EQUIPMENT, WE ARE NOW ABLE TO TAKE OUT LARGE DENTS IN TUBAS, SOUSAPHONES, & BARITONE HORNS. WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF REMOVING MOST DENTS WITHOUT DISASSEMBLING AN INSTRUMENT.
These are pictures of a King 600 Student trumpet before an overhaul. This poor thing had been out on a rental many times and needed a good trip to the old Stemple Music Spa for battle-hardened instruments.
The first thing we do is strip off the old lacquer and begin dent removal. It takes many years of practice and lots of elbow grease to make these things disappear without damaging the horn.
Here is one brief moment of many hours spent in the buffing room removing scratches, tool marks, kids nicknames and various other ugly seemingly permanent marks on the bell. This gets done with every inch and spot of the instrument.
After a rough-buff, the horn is carefully soldered back together, cleaned up and buffed again with a less abbrasive wheel and compound to make it shine like a mirror. It then gets a coat of baked-on epoxy lacquer that normally lasts longer than that of the manufacturer.
Woodwind Repair Prices and Info
Basic Woodwind Repair Descriptions
Clarinet and flute re-pads: Clarinet and flute re-pads include new pads, necessary corks and felts, thorough sanitization, cleaning and play test. Tenon corks are included with clarinet re-pad.
Saxophone re-pad: Saxophone re-pads include new high quality resonator pads, necessary corks and felts, neck cork, thorough sanitization, cleaning and play test.
Clarinet, Flute, and Saxophone Cleaning only:Cleanings include disassembly, thorough sanitization, polishing (when applicable), and re-assembly.
Saxophone overhaul: Complete re-pad plus dent removal (excessive dent removal is subject to additional charge), stripping of old lacquer, buffing, and lacquering with baked -on epoxy finish.
There is much argument today between those who believe that re-lacquering a horn is bad, and those who think it doesn't matter. This is especially specific to all you sax guys. We believe in the latter for several reasons.