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Coming soon on our Facebook page: competitions, prizes and advice on how to keep your instrument in good repair!

 

Not on Facebook?  Check our website regularly for news items – there’s always lots going on at BrassWindFix – we don’t always manage to get all the news articles uploaded weekly but we do try to keep you updated as much as we can.

Have a woodwind or brass instrument and maybe need some advice on whether it needs servicing or repair?  Get in contact as we’d love to hear from you!

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Your LOCAL woodwind and brass instrument repair specialist

buy-localBrassWindFix have had instruments arrive in the workshop all the way from London, Manchester and Leeds.  We are pleased to say that BrassWindFix have been in business for over 5 years and we have done very little to no advertising  to date with the majority of work received via word of mouth and recommendation.  This is fantastic and is a great testment to the high workmanship of Justin Pavey.

However, although BrassWindFix have carried out many repairs and servicing on woodwind and brass instruments from far afield, we thought it was time we let the local residents know we are here too!

So…… local people…. here we are!

BrassWindFix are your local woodwind and brass repair specialist.  It’s not just servicing and repairing of instruments!  BrassWindFix also have accessories for sale and second hand instruments.  So whatever your musical needs please get in contact – if we haven’t got it in stock then we can always source whatever you need for you!

Based in Wrington BrassWindFix fall in the catchment area of the following locations:

Wrington, Banwell, Congresbury, Sandford, Winscombe, Blagdon, Burrington, Redhill, Langford, Weston super Mare, Hutton, Locking, Brean, Bleadon, Sandbay, Kewstoke, Redhill, Cleeve, Banwell, Lower Langford, Winford, Felton, Puxton, Hewish, Barrow Gurney, Dundry, Brockley, Claverham, Clevedon, Yatton, Kingston Seymour, Nailsea, Tickenham, Tyntsfield, Long Ashton, Whitchurch, Flax Bourton, Bedminster, Bishopsworth, Hengrove, Failand, Ashton, Hotwells, Southville, Totterdown, Knowle, Chew Magna, Chew Valley, Stanton Drew, Wells, Bishoyp Sutton, Compton Dando, Hinton Blewitt, High Littleton, Clutton, West Harptree, East Harptree, Chilcompton, Chewton Mendip, Cheddar, Priddy, Axbridge, Cross, Draycott, South Horrington, Wookey Hole, Crickham, Wedmore, Glastonbury, Burtle, Shapwick, Mark, Blackford, Pill, East Huntspill, Burnham on Sea, Pawlett, Brent, Berrow, Brean, Bleadon, Worle,  Wick, Gordano, Portishead, Easton in Gordano, Shirehampton, Leigh Wood, Abbots Leigh, Leigh Woods, Redland, Bishopston, Stoke Bishop, Clifton, St Andrews, Blaise Castle, Lawrence Weston, Southmead, Kingsweston, Avonmouth, Easter Compton, Cribbs Causeway, Aztec West, Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Filton, Brentry, Henbury, Hortham, Almondsbury, Pill, Thornbury, Tockington, Sidcot, Redhill, Pilning, Bath, Corston, Keynsham, Bitton, Lansdown, Larkhall, Bathampton, Bathford, Batheaston, Wraxall, Whitley, Hawthorn, Bradford on Avon, Lower Westwood, Hinton Charterhouse, Midford, Limpley Stoke, Bathwick, Saltford, Whitchurch, Marksbury, Farmborough, Priston, Timsbury, High Littleton, Clutton, Timsbury, Combe Hay, Wellow, Peasedown St John, Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Chilcompton, Stratton on the Fosse, High Littleton, Paulton, Litton,  Frome, shepton Mallet, Evercreech, Chantry, Taunton, Street, Ashcott, Catcott, Glastonbury…..
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Examinations

fingers-crossedIt’s that time of year when lots of nail biting takes place as students across the nation prepare to sit their examinations.

Whatever exams are coming up BrassWindFix would like to wish everyone the very best of luck!

Don’t worry if you don’t get the results you need though. Tomas Eddison, Bill Gates, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and Richard Branson didn’t all get the results they wanted either – many dropped out of school at 10, only spent 3 months in formal education, didn’t get the expected results or simply left before the examinations.  They all turned out ok! Don’t believe us?  Check out this blog!

If you have music examinations coming up then prepare your instrument in advance.  Make sure everything is working, the pads are seated, there’s no jelly-babies stuck down the pipes (you’d be surprised just how many we rescue from instruments), everything that should be lubricated is etc and store it in a quality case away from knocks and bangs!

We’ve had a few instruments come in recently where they’ve needed an emergency repair as they’ve been stepped on, fallen on, dropped downstairs,  dropped out of the case, or knocked over when on a stand by a handbag!  Accidents happen but there’s always someone on hand to help at BrassWindFix.

Contact us on 01934 861226 or email justin@brasswindfix.co.uk

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Servicing and Repair

brass-wind-fixBrassWindFix have certainly been kept busy with lots of instruments coming in for servicing and repair into the workshop this year – some needing a little TLC or some needing a serious overhaul!

If you have have a woodwind or brass instruments such as Flutes, Clarinets, Oboes, Saxophones, Trumpets, Cornets, Trombones – and you think it may need servicing or repair then get in contact with BrassWindFix to book it in the diary – we’ve had lots of happy owners through the workshop and every instrument is serviced or repaired to a very high standard!

BrassWindFix service and repair all woodwind and brass instruments.   From a basic service, emergency repair, full service, re-padding or would like the dents and dings removed from your instrument there is no job too big or too small.

We are open Monday – Friday from 8:30am-6pm Call us on 01934 861226 to make an appointment or pop into the workshop to ask for advice on what’s needed and then make an appointment to book your instrument in for the work needed.

BrassWindFix run a diary system – so the day you bring your instrument for repair will be the day it is repaired – you don’t have to drop it off and wait weeks to get it back.  We’ll give you a call as soon as it’s done!

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Emergency Repair at BrassWindFix

The BrassWindFix workshop runs a diary system for all woodwind and brass instruments that need servicing or repair.  If you need a service or repair to your woodwind or brass instrument then it’s a really good idea to secure a date in the diary.  This means that any and all work required to your instrument can be carried out when it’s convenient to you – it also means we don’t have the instrument any longer than we need to and you are not without the instrument longer than necessary!

However, life doesn’t always run to plan and there may be occasions when an emergency instrument repair is needed due to life’s little mishaps.

Take today’s example:  a parent telephoned first thing in the morning in a complete panic.  Her daughter’s Grade VIII Trombone examination was in seven days and her son had accidentally fallen on the instrument this morning.  The trombone slide had bent and would not move and the instrument was unplayable in that condition.  The daughter was completely unaware of the damage and due home later in the day to practice so it was go, go, go to put it back together again!

The trombone was brought into the BrassWindFix workshop and Justin was able to perform an emergency repair and fix the slide.  After a short time the instrument was back to normal and the damage virtually undetectable!  The daughter would never know and the son could breathe a sigh of relief!

So for all woodwind and brass instrument servicing and repair – contact Justin at BrassWindFix to book your instrument into the diary.  For any emergencies and last minute crisis then please call us.  If we can get the instrument into a playable condition and have it back another time for full repair/service then we’ll certainly do our best to help!

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A Buccin

BrassWindFix had never heard or seen this instrument/trombone before it arrived in the workshop.  A unique instrument that sounds a mixture of a trombone and french horn.

A buccin (dragonhead trombone) was originally popular in French military bands from 1810-1845 with the designs becoming more and more elaborate and colourful as time went on.  The steel tongue moves with the vibrations produced through the instrument. Sadly their popularity was not sustainable and they fell out of fashion.

At soft volumes the instrument produces a very warm, delicate sound due to the bell being made of hammered tin or very thin brass. It is also capable of an extreme fortissimo. Not everyone agrees on how to pronounce the name of the instrument, with variants including “boo-san”, “bue-san”, “boo-seen” and “buck-sin.”

This instrument was difficult to play as the extremely large and heavy head of the dragon made the stabilty of the instrument difficult to handle.  Justin at BrassWindFix soldered a hand-support to balance the instrument out so the client could comfortably hold and play the instrument.  Another extremely satisfied client at BrassWindFix!

Here is a link to the instrument in action

Some pictures of Justin with the before and after pictures.  See more on our Facebook Page!

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BrassWindFix are now on Twitter

twitterYes we’ve taken the plunge and have joined the wonderful world of twitter!

Follow us on @BrassWindFix and keep updated with all the Tweets!

Don’t forget that BrassWindFix are also on Facebook and have lots of news and offers every week – which will only be available on the Facebook site! So join us and keep updated on all things Brass and Woodwind.

Not sure we’ve quite got the hang of it just yet so please follow us and tweet to get us started and involved – we need all the help we can get with social media!

What would you like to hear about?  Do you want advice on how to keep your instrument in good order between servicing?  Or do you want more information about removing dents and dings from your instrument and how we do it? Do you need cleaning advice on what products to use to remove verdigris etc from brass?  Let us know what you need to know so we can make sure we tailor our updates to be relevant and what you want to hear or know about!

Not on twitter?  Join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/brasswindfix to keep updated on the latest news and advice.

Of course, all this social media is fine – but you can’t beat human contact so please do call us if you have any questions, you need some advice, you have an emergency repair or want to book your instrument into the workshop – we are here Monday – Friday from 8am until 6pm (please do ring before heading out just in case we’ve had to nip out) so call us on 0333 7000 349.  Pop in to the workshop – we are based in Wrington near Bristol.

 

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Instrument Repairers – More about Justin Pavey

Justin-PaveyJustin Pavey – is one of the south west’s top woodwind and brass instrument repairers but did you know that he is also a very accomplished Tenor and Bass Trombone player?

Justin is the owner of BrassWindFix – specialist woodwind and brass repair and servicing based in Wrington, near Bristol.  He knows brass and woodwind instruments inside out and outside in but is also in high demand as a freelance trombonist.

More about the Justin you may not know – the man behind the workshop apron!

Justin is an accomplished and adaptable trombonist.  He has played in numerous orchestras since the age of 14 all over the South West with the highlight of playing on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury one year.  He also plays in many brass bands including bass trombone in the Mighty Flowers Band who, when Justin was playing with them won the Areas and the Grand Shield.  Justin also plays Bass trombone as part of the Bruce Ilett Band – a fantastic swing band specialising in the music from the Harry James era.  As well as all that – Justin also co-runs and plays tenor trombone in a wedding/party/covers band called Doctor Chocolate – wedding band.  Cramming even more into his hectic schedule Justin also co-runs and plays bass trombone for an awesome James Bond Tribute Band in the South West too called “The Name Is Band…..Bond Tribute Band”.

A wide, varied and eclectic mix of musical styles!

 

 

 

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Exam Fever

It’s February half-term! Time for most schools and colleges to relax and recharge for a week both students and teachers.  Justin Pavey at BrassWindFix is an experienced, reliable and specialist woodwind and brass instrument repairer.  Due to the high quality of his work the BrassWindFix workshop is often booked up some weeks in advance and we can’t always guarantee that there will be availability in the diary for an emergency repair/service – but half term is imminent and the calls from frantic parents who have children approaching exams will be calling to book instruments in for repair.

Exams are coming soon and you need your instrument to be in the best possible condition to help you perform at your best and get the results you want!  Here are a few ways to check your instrument is exam ready too!

Check your instrument over – are any valves or keys sticking? examinations
Do any of the pads need replacing?
Anything rattling on the instrument?
When was the last time you had it serviced
Is your instrument in need of repair?
Is the instrument in tip top condition?

If any of the above problems apply to your instrument then please don’t leave it to the last minute to get them fixed!

So check your instrument during the holidays, make sure it’s all working as it should.  If not, contact BrassWindFix and make an appointment to sort any problems out early – it will still give you time to practise on your new super-improved instrument so you too are super-primed, practised and ready for those all important examinations and grades.

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How to fix a trumpet leak!

trumpet leak Bach StradHave you got a trumpet leak?  Do you know how to fix a trumpet leak if you find it?   Chances are it has been caused through simple wear and tear which is simple to fix – simple to fix if you know how!

BrassWindFix received a call from a client who had a Bach Strad Trumpet with this very problem.  The trumpet was brought into the workshop and BrassWindFix discovered the trumpet leak was in the joint connecting the 1st valve and bell.  BrassWindFix to the rescue!  This leak was caused through wear and tear on the instrument and was repairable.  To fix this trumpet leak Justin made a brass patch and soldered it to the instrument and you can see the finished result in the picture opposite.

A very happy customer and a very happy trumpet!

BrassWindFix repair and service all woodwind and brass instruments in their workshop based in Wrington.  If you find your instrument is not playing as it should then please bring it in to us so we can see what the problem is.  We may not be able to fix it straight away but we can assess what’s wrong and get it booked into the diary – you then drop it into us on the date of the appointment and it is fixed that day – so you can collect.  You won’t be without your instrument for any longer than necessary.

Of course sometimes you may find that you have a fault and you need an emergency repair – call us on 0333 7000 349 and explain the problem to us – if we can fix and repair it the same day we will!

 

 

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