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Customising an instrument

Before and After Harrelson Trumpet

This Harrelson Bravura Trumpet was brought into the workshop by local Bristol Jazz Musician Andy Hague last week as he heard that BrassWindFix were experts at customising an instrument.

Andy wanted a different bell fitted as he wanted the instrument to create a different sound.  The replacement bell was ordered and made in the USA by Harrelson and finally arrived last week after many weeks of patient waiting by Andy!

On receipt Andy couldn’t wait to get it into the workshop and it was immediately driven to BrassWindFix for the new bell to be fitted.  The original bell was removed and Justin refitted and soldered on the replacement bell.
Andy was really thrilled with the end result and we look forward to hearing the new sound!  If you haven’t heard Andy Hague yet – you are in for a treat as he is appearing in Bristol with the Andy Hague Big Band on 9th October! For all Andy’s gig dates visit his website here: http://www.andyhague.co.uk/index_files/Gigs.htm

BrassWindFix are always happy to discuss customising an instrument so please get in touch if you have a project you would like us to look at. 01934 861226

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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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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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