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Silver Soldering

saxophone-octave-keA customer came to the workshop at BrassWindFix in saxophone-octave-key-2Wrington, Bristol recently after their instrument had an accident.  A part of the link for the octave key mechanism for the saxophone had broken off.

BrassWindFix made a brand new link one and, after some silver soldering, managed to put it all back together.  We are pleased to report that the instrument is now working again! Hurrah.

 

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BrassWindFix – Diary

2012-10-24 14.51.49BrassWindFix enjoyed a very busy lead up to Christmas with brass and woodwind instruments of all shapes and sizes coming through the workshop needing servicing, repair and also some serious dent work. The workshop is run by Justin Pavey, an expert woodwind and brass repairer – also an expert in dent-work!

The Christmas season was a busy old time and BrassWindFix are now looking through the diary for 2014.  With Easter on the horizon the BrassWindFix diary is already fully-booked until after the February half-term.

We know that on the lead up to Easter there will be some nervous, confident, apprehensive and enthusiastic musical students in the area that have examinations, rehearsals, performances and competitions starting soon afterwards.   There will be many hours spent practicising for those all-important nail-biting examinations.

Whilst you’re practising, please take a look at your woodwind or brass instrument.  Is it in the best possible condition it can be?  Are there any keys sticking? Do any pads need replacing? Have you dropped or damaged it? Have you been playing it whilst chewing gum and blown it into the neck of the instrument? (you’d be surprised how many sweeties we remove from instruments!) Would it need just a little expert TLC to make it feel like a brand new instrument again?

You need to ensure your instrument is in peak condition as it can enhance and improve your performance so everything works with you exactly as it should.  But please don’t leave it until the last minute!  Book your instrument in for servicing or repair with BrassWindFix now – you’ll need a little time to practice and adjust to your newly serviced/repaired instrument after its been in the BrassWindFix workshop! It will play like new afterwards!

BrassWindFix are fully-booked up until the February half-term holidays and, as we work a diary system, you’ll need to book your instrument into the diary as soon as possible.  We do have some emergency appointments available but these also get full quickly!

After an instrument service or repair at BrassWindFix we receive lots of calls and emails telling us how pleased the client is with the work.  We are often told that “it feels like a brand-new instrument” or “it’s never played so well” after BrassWindFix has worked on it and the majority of our work comes through recommendation.

So contact us now! Get it booked into the diary before all the available dates are gone!

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Expert Emergency Repairs at BrassWindFix

BrassWindFix have a diary full of interesting emergency repairs coming into the workshop – especially last week when a Rath Trombone was rushed in needing some serious TLC!

Due to an unfortunate incident at home, the bell of the Rath Trombone had been badly dented and twisted – as you will see from the pictures below.  The client was really worried, not only because the trombone was his pride and joy, but also because it was needed for a run of Christmas bookings and needed to be in full working order.  It was imperative that the repairs were carried out as soon as possible and Justin carried out emergency repairs on the instrument .

BrassWindFix are lucky to have an expert dent repairer in Justin Pavey who revels a challenge – and this was certainly a challenge!

After a day in the workshop the trombone left as good as new and one very happy customer left with his instrument and ready for the Christmas Party Season.

So if you have an instrument that needs minor/major dent work or if it has suffered an accident and been badly damaged please and you need some emergency repairs carried out – don’t worry – ring Justin at BrassWindFix or pop it into the workshop during the week for some expert advice on the damage.  BrassWindFix can offer an emergency service if needed or, for less urgent repairs, we can book it into the diary for next year.

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BrassWindFix Gift Vouchers

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BrassWindFix Gift Vouchers are now available and are an ideal present for all woodwind and brass musicians!

The gift vouchers can be exchanged for any accessories we have available at BrassWindFix or can be put towards any servicing or repair for a woodwind or brass instrument in our workshop.  Each gift voucher is valid for up to 24 months from the date of purchase so there’s plenty of time for them to be redeemed!

So, if you are stuck for a gift idea for the woodwind or brass musician in your life whether it be for a birthday, christmas, anniversary, congratulations on passing your exam or just because you want to treat them to something just because you can, then the BrassWindFix gift vouchers are an ideal present.

What do we sell?

We sell reeds stands and accessoriescleaning and maintenance, mouth piece covers and little musical nik-naks – all items are available in our workshop and online.

If you don’t need any accessories then the gift vouchers can also be used towards payment for any instrument servicing or repair in our workshop at BrassWindFix.

Gift Vouchers start from as little as £5 so they are perfect as a stocking filler too!

For more information and to buy please contact Justin on 01934 861226 or email justin@brasswindfix.co.uk or pop into the workshop in Wrington! We’d love to see you!

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BrassWindFix Celebrates 5 Years!

Happy Birthday to BrassWindFix – we are 5 years old on 1st September 2013!

BrassWindFix 5th Birthday

Thank you to all our customers!

BrassWindFix is a specialist woodwind & brass musical instrument repair business providing repairs, servicing and sales for all woodwind & brass musicians.  Based in Wrington, near Bristol, BrassWindFix was first established in 2008 by Justin Pavey who wanted to strike out on his own and begin his own business.  From a humble start in a small unit near Keynsham in 2008, BrassWindFix quickly grew in reputation as one of the top specialist Woodwind and Brass Repairers in the South West and relocated in May 2010 to our current workshop and retail premises in Wrington.

With over fifteen year’s service in the music industry, Justin not only has the knowledge and experience to produce work of the highest quality, but also understands a musician’s needs and requirements.  With the majority of repairs and servicing coming via recommendation we are very proud to say that five years on BrassWindFix are busier than ever and we would like to thank all our customers for their continued support over the past 5 years!

By way of a “Thank You” to all our customers we are having a 5th BIRTHDAY PRIZE DRAW and it’s really easy to enter!

THE PRIZE!

The prize is a £25 BrassWindFix Gift Voucher that can be used to purchase £25 of accessories from us OR it can be used towards payment for a service or repair for your instrument at BrassWindFix in 2014!

HOW TO ENTER!

The next time you are in the Workshop – check out our accessories for sale – many start at just 50p and everything is competitively priced!  All you need to do is buy an accessory for your woodwind or brass instrument between now and the 31st December 2013 and we’ll enter you in the prize draw to win the £25 voucher.

Not visiting the workshop for a while?  Well all our accessories are also available in our on-line shop via the website.  We’ll automatically enter you for the draw!

There is no minimum order requirement, all reeds are postage free, and each transaction will give you an entry into the prize draw!

Winner to be announced in January 2014!

Accessories are a perfect gift for any musician and are also fantastic stocking fillers!

Please visit our on-line shop or drop into the workshop to see all our current products.

 

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Ever Heard of a Phonofiddle?

phonofiddle2phonofiddle1Well, we had heard of one – but had never actually seen one!  It’s a stringed instrument and we don’t normally service or repair stringed instruments – but this one, as we’re sure you’ll agree, is a little out of the ordinary and presented a little bit of a challenge in the workshop!

What is a phonofiddle?  Well it is a mix of brass and strings. The sound generated by the vibrations from the string or strings are transferred through the bridge to a connecting arm into the center of the diaphragm within the reproducer. The vibrating column of air is then directed into one or several horns.

Johannes Matthias Augustus Stroh patented the use of a metal diaphragm in the voice-box (reproducer) of a violin in 1899.

This phonofiddle arrived in a bit of a sad condition.  Broken.  Dented.  A split in the bell.  The customer really wanted to play it but there was no chance to try it out as it was broken in two.

Justin managed to repair the split in the bell, removed all the dents where possible, removed the resonator plate and reconnected the socket to the bell so the stringed part of the instrument could be reattached.

We are pleased to report that the instrument was put back together again and the customer was overjoyed with the work carried out.  Hurrah!  One string, one bow, one bell – one very unusual instrument!  We’re sure that the customer will get many hours of enjoyment trying to figure out how to play it!

We never know what instrument is going to come through the workshop for repair but we can guarantee that Justin will work his magic and do whatever is necessary to get it back in shape!

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The Natural Trumpet

natural-trumpet-2BrassWindFix has carried out some solder and dent work on a “natural trumpet” this week on behalf of Wells Cathedral School.    The school uses the instrument regularly to teach students about different brass instruments with a view to learning about their historical backgrounds and uses in various musical styles over the centuries.  This instrument has no markings or serial numbers, it is unlacquered and it’s therefore really difficult to “age” the instrument.

You’ll see from the pictures that a “natural trumpet” is a valveless brass instrument, capable of playing the notes of the harmonic series.  The natural-trumpet-1natural trumpet was used as a military instrument to facilitate communication (to let soldiers know when to break camp, retreat etc).  Nowadays a very close relative of the “natural trumpet” – the bugle (another valveless brass instrument but half the length of a “natural trumpet”), is used for performing simple fanfares and military calls.

The “natural trumpet” was around in the 16th Century and used in Venetial ceremonial music.  In the 18th Century various attempts were made to overcome the limitations of the “natural trumpet” but they were used throughout the classical era and even into the early Romantic period.  However, as only extremely adept and capable players could play this instrument properly, and with ever-changing musical styles, the use for the “natural trumpet” began to dwindle.  In 1815 the more versatile valve trumpet was proving more popular and so came the demise of the “natural trumpet”.

One things for sure though, BrassWindFix get to work on some pretty amazing and unusual instruments in the workshop.

 

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Servicing & Silver plating

“Hi Justin

Just to let you know that to say I am delighted with the sovereign cornet that you have just overhauled and re-plated for me would be an under-statement. Everyone that I have showed the cornet to has been amazed and most could not believe it is a 1979 cornet. Many thanks for doing such a fantastic job for me. I will certainly be back for all my repair and service work and I am sure those who have witnessed the quality of your work will be contacting you in the future.  Kind regards.”

Graham Davies

Graham visited the BrassWindFix workshop with his much-loved 1979 Sovereign Cornet recently.  Originally the instrument had been lacquered and Graham had asked to have the cornet silver-plated. The cornet had certainly been well-used used over the years and naturally had some dinks and dents as well as a build up of verdigris in places.

Justin stripped down the instrument ensuring all the preparation work was carried out to his usual high standard.  All dents were removed, the tuning slides and valves refitted, the instrument received a full overhaul before being put back together and sent off for silver plating.

It returned a couple of weeks later and indeed did look like a brand new instrument.  BrassWindFix were really pleased with the result and also really pleased that Graham was also delighted.  We’re sure that the 1979 Cornet will be treasured for many more years to come.

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Servicing Woodwind and Brass

The activity in BrassWindFix is at an all-time high at the moment.  brass-wind-fixWe certainly know that Christmas is on its way (yes we KNOW it’s only September) but we’ve had a flurry of calls into the workshop as customers are desperately trying to book in their instruments for servicing before the season begins.

We’ve heard about all the upcoming School Christmas Concerts, Brass Band Concerts, Grades and exams and we know first hand that there will be lots of exciting Theatre shows happening all across the South West.  Musicians far and wide are ensuring their woodwind and brass instruments are ready for the onslaught by booking their instruments in for servicing now!

As a result, our dates are filling up fast!  If you haven’t booked your instrument in for repair yet then please call now and get it in the BrassWindFix diary!  We’ve a few dates left in December but these are going quickly!

Alternatively, if you have a jam-packed diary on the lead up to Christmas and can’t part with your instrument even for a day, then think about treating it to some TLC in the New Year and get in early for the date you want in January/February.

Don’t forget that we have some great brass and woodwind stocking fillers available from the on-line shop!  You could win a £25 voucher towards BrassWindFix accessories or servicing too! Celebrating 5 years in business your name will automatically be entered into the drawer with every purchase from BrassWindFix.

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A thank you!

Another couple of satisfied customers in the BrassWindFix workshop!thank you

“Thanks so much for the wonderful service that you’ve just done on my tenor. It has never sounded so good. And I can get the low notes so easily. You are brilliant!

Many thanks, Annie”

 

“I thought I would drop you note to thank you for the superb work you did in repairing my trumpet, what you have done is truly incredible. All the dents of time have gone, not just the ones that occurred when I dropped it, the slides have never worked so well and the general service you did in replacing pads, corks and springs is amazing.

I did a gig on Saturday and it was like playing a new instrument, no clattering valves and rough slides – brilliant.

I certainly won’t hesitate to recommend your services. Many thanks Ducan.”

 

“Thanks again for repairing my tenor sax in time for my band practice this evening.  I have tried it out and it is better than before the accident. Regards Rob”

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