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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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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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