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SOLD – Second-hand Flute for sale – Vivace III by Kurioshi

Sorry this instrument has now been sold.  

However, we still have a few quality second-hand woodwind and brass instruments for sale – see our Second-hand woodwind and brass Instruments for Sale page to find out more!  Or contact us at BrassWindFix to see if we are checking any in our workshop before they go on sale.

If you are looking for a second-hand flute – or you have one for sale – then please contact us – we have existing clients waiting for instruments to come into the workshop.

BrassWindFix have this second-hand flute for sale – Vivace III Flute by Kurioshi and distributed by Trevor James for £115.00 plus P&P or collection.

This second-hand flute is in excellent condition.  This is a good quality starter flute: silver plated, closed hole with E-mechanism. Supplied with cleaning rod, a hard shell plastic case and fleece lined case cover. There is a small bit of cracking on the hard case but this is minimal and does not affect the protection of the instrument in transit.

All second-hand instruments sold by BrassWindFix are fully checked prior to sale in our own brass & woodwind repair workshop so you can be confident that you are buying a quality musical instrument that is in full working order.

If you require further information or would like to arrange to come and try the instrument at the BrassWindFix premises in Wrington, near Bristol, then please contact us on 01934 861226.

 

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BrassWindFix is located in Wrington, near Bristol.  Justin Pavey is a specialist woodwind and brass repairer.  We have several second-hand instruments for sale in the workshop: clarinets, flutes, trombones, saxophones, trumpets, cornets, as well as music stands, reeds, lubricants, mouthpieces and cases. Stock changes daily so if you are looking for a specific instrument we may be able to source it for you if we don’t currently have it for sale in our workshop – call us on 0333 7000 349 or email sales@brasswindfix.co.uk, let us know what you are looking for and we’ll do our best to find it!

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Latest News From BrassWindFix

BrassWindFix issue a newsletter 3-4 times a year with information about instruments for sale, servicing and repair special offers and links to any events we think may be of interest to you.

If you are looking for a specific second-hand woodwind or brass instrument please get in contact – our stock changes daily and if we don’t have it in stock we could source it for you.  All second-hand instruments sold via BrassWindFix are serviced prior to sale so you can be sure you are buying a quality and fully working second-hand instrument!

You can read our February Newsletter here

Want to receive our newsletter direct?  Email and ask to be added to the database – you’ll hear about any special offers or discounts before anyone else!

justin@brasswindfix.co.uk

You can also keep up to date with all the news and advice on how to look after your woodwind and brass instrument by joining us on Facebook

Want to tell us about your experience and service you’ve had at BrassWindFix?  Have an interesting news item about your instrument or event that you want to share?  Email us and we’ll do our best to include it in the next issue or on our Facebook page.

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Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

Justin-PaveyJustin Pavey from BrassWindFix plays Bass Trombone for the Bruce Illett Swing Band who are again playing at the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival in 2015.

Come along and have THE best night at the Colston Hall this March: slip on your dance shoes, dress in 40’s/50’s style and be prepared to dance the night away!  You can see Justin from BrassWindFix in this short video on YouTube 

UPDATE:  Justin was totally blown away by the musicians and band playing at the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2015 and was honoured to be such a part of it this year – huge thanks to Denny Ilett who organised such a spectacular event.

Louis Armstrong Story

Featuring Lillian Boutté, Clarke Peters, Evan Christopher and Don Vappie, Enrico Tomasso, Pee Wee Ellis plus special guests.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and gravelly voice as much as his trumpet playing, few people have influenced the evolution of popular music more than Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong played Bristol’s Colston Hall over 50 years ago, and in 2015 his music made a long-awaited return to the venue. The Louis Armstrong Museum gave exclusive access to some of Satchmo’s original big band compositions which haven’t been played since 1947.

Featuring a 17-piece band comprised of Bristol’s finest musicians with guest vocalists and soloists from New Orleans, and famed actor Clarke Peters reading from Armstrong’s personal letters and autobiography, it serves as the perfect reminder of why the great Satchmo is still seen as the single most important influence in jazz history.

Justin got to play on stage with Pee Wee Ellis – who toured extensively with James Brown for years – as part of the Louis Armstrong Story – the vocals from Lillian Boutte were hair raisingly superb and Clarke Peters had THE best reading voice in the world.

Bruce Ilett Big Band

Justin also played with the Bruce Ilett Big Band on bass trombone.  A huge crowd attended  the night which was full to brimming with lindy hopping, jiving and jitterbugging as the dance-floor was jammed packed.

Did you miss it this year?  Join us on 19th September at the Colston Hall so buy your tickets early!

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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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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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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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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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