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School Holidays are approaching!

2013-07-12 10.00.38Well BrassWindFix can’t quite believe where the first few months of 2015 have gone! Looking through the diary it’s only a matter of weeks and the schools will be breaking up for summer holidays and we have a full diary with lots of instrument repairs booked in.

BrassWindFix run a diary system for servicing work and we are now taking appointments for mid July to service brass and woodwind instruments. If you plan on going away in July/August then it would be an ideal time to book your woodwind or brass instrument in for a little tlc with BrassWindFix!

Please try not to leave making your appointment until the last minute as we can’t promise we will have any appointments for the time/dates that you require – as we are now booking appointments in the diary some two months ahead – give us a call as soon as you can to book your instrument in the diary for an instrument service!

Emergency woodwind or brass repair needed? Don’t panic – give Justin a call on our new workshop number 01934 861226 and explain the situation and what the problem is – we always endeavour to deal with emergency repairs as soon as possible. Depending on the work needed, we will either be able to repair it straight away or book it in on one of our emergency diary dates!

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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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Back to School

Instruments-BrassWindFixWell the summer is nearly over and its nearly time for parents all over the country to start frantically buying everything needed for the new school term starting in September.

The list of items needed for the new school term is never-ending!  Not to mention frustrating!  What used to be the simple buying of standard school uniforms from Marks & Spencer now seems to be impeded with current fashions and teenage cries of  “There’s no way I’m wearing THAT skirt/top/coat”” combined with hours and hours spent trapsing round the shops searching for the right school bag and what seems like a suitcase full of contents.

Your child may be considering taking up a new musical instrument, or already have music lessons,  and be looking forward to returning to a term of  exams and the endless list of Christmas concerts.  Over the summer, with all the excitement of holidays and excursions, it’s easy to forget that your brass and woodwind instruments need regular maintenance to keep them in the best condition and be ready for the hours of playing ahead.

It may be that you’ve been super organised and had this instrument serviced or repaired over the summer months.  However, it is something that many parents and students forget or don’t consider.  Keeping your woodwind and brass instrument in the best possible condition and regularly serviced means it’s always ready for the most challenging of playing and won’t let you down in an exam or that all-important solo performance.  If you haven’t thought about servicing any woodwind or brass instrument over the summer then please think about booking it in now!  BrassWindFix offer an excellent service and repair service at highly competitive prices and excellent workmanship is always guaranteed.  Although BrassWindFix are currently booked up solid in the diary for the next six weeks so if you want your instrument serviced or repaired before the Christmas Concerts begin then ring to book it in the diary NOW!

You may have totally forgotten to buy new saxophone reeds or clarinet reeds?  Do you need bore oil to keep your wooden clarinet lubricated? Do you need a new silver cloth to keep the keywork clean on your flutes or clarinets?  For all your woodwind and brass accessories please visit our online shop where all these items are available.  They can be posted out to you the next day to ensure receipt in time for the new school term.

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How to choose a Woodwind or Brass Instrument for my Child

L&HChildren are fickle.  They like the latest craze, fad or gadget going.  However, if they see and hear you playing a musical instrument from a young age you are more likely to pique their interest and desire into learning an instrument.  Music is fun, requires concentration, determination, perseverance, dexterity and it has been proven that children who play an instrument are more confident, more mature (yes even for a musician!) and playing an instrument apparently make them smarter! What’s not to like?

Choosing an instrument for your child is difficult.  So how do you choose a woodwind or brass instrument for your child? More importantly, it shouldn’t be the parent who chooses the instrument – it should be the child.  If you have any musical talent yourself then play your instrument in front of your child, let them hold it, try and get a note out of it, listen to and feel it. They will ask lots of questions so answer them all and be encouraging.  Talk about your experiences and how much fun you’ve had playing with other musicians and experimenting with different music.  Try and play recorded music around the home as much as possible of all different genres.  Ask them what instrument they are interested in, if they don’t know, a visit to a music shop would be a good idea so they can see the range of different instruments on offer.

Don’t make the mistake of buying the most expensive instrument in that particular range – they may not like it!  But equally don’t buy the cheapest on offer as the quality and playability will be more difficult and the child will lose interest quicker.  Most music shops offer a rental scheme whereby you can try the instrument for a short time and see how your child gets on, how committed they are to practising and whether they like it.  Some rental schemes will take off the monthly payments from the final purchase price if you wish to proceed.

Great starter instruments are: FLUTES: fairly easy to learn once the technique is in place. RECORDERS: buy a plastic one to begin with as professional wooden recorders can be expensive. CLARINET: a little bigger to hold but once mastered other options are available such as bass clarinet, bassoon or oboe. SAXOPHONE: normally start with an Alto saxophone as they are the most common saxophone. If they like it they can change to a tenor sax, bari sax or the smaller soprano sax. TRUMPET / CORNET: smaller children are best learning the cornet first as the bell is less heavy and easier to hold but older children can start on the trumpet. TROMBONE: this is a slightly different brass instrument as it has a “slide” to obtain notes rather than rely on valves.

Whatever woodwind or brass instrument your child chooses, encourage them!  They will need to spend a lot of time practising and the early days will often sound like a cat being strangled but it does get better!  Being part of a team in an orchestra or band when they are older will be well worth all the hours spent practising and learning to read music!  There’s no better feeling than playing music and, if they are good enough, it could well be a fulltime or part-time career for them in the future, taking them all over the world and meeting some amazing people!

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Caring for your Flute

fluteIt is really important that you know the basics in caring for your flute.  Ideally you should ensure your flute is serviced once a year by a qualified flute technician or repairerBrassWindFix offer two main levels of service:   General Service: designed to keep the instrument in good playing condition or our Full Service: designed to keep your instrument in premium working order, preventing unwanted problems occurring during everyday use. In addition, we also offer re-corking and re-pading for woodwind instruments.  We offer expert advice on what level of servicing is needed on an individual basis so you can be sure you get the right level of service for your instrument.

In between annually servicing your flute you can help with caring for your flute and maintaining the instrument to ensure it is always in good working order.

INTERNAL FLUTE CLEANING

You will need a soft cloth and cleaning rod to wipe the inside of your flute after each use, ensuring that the rod is gently pushed through the length of the instrument, paying particular attention to the head joint. It is important to ensure that all moisture is removed.

OUTSIDE FLUTE CLEANING

All you need to maintain the outside of your instrument is a silver polishing cloth wiped over the surface once every week to keep dust from settling in the joints.  You should avoid all types of silver polish and do not immerse your flute in water to clean it.

To avoid any damage to your flute it is recommended that you place it on a foldable flute stand and never be tempted to rest it on a music stand!

If the worst happens, and you drop or damage your flute, then BrassWindFix offer an instrument repair service for all woodwind and brass instrumentsPlease do not try and fix the flute yourself – you can cause further damage and it will make any repairs more expensive than they need to be.  With over 15 year’s experience of instrument repairs and servicing you can be assured that BrassWindFix has the knowledge and experience to repair and service woodwind and brass instruments at the highest quality whilst maintaining extremely competive prices.

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Woodwind & Brass Spares

BWF-SparesBrassWindFix have recently been organising and cataloguing our extensive range of spare parts for Woodwind & Brass musical instruments.  As a specialist workshop catering for all aspects of woodwind & brass repair, it is essential we have a large selection of spare parts in stock, so they are readily available whenever we need them to complete a repair.  Brass instruments regularly need replacement valve springs, valve felts, valve guides, waterkey springs, waterkey corks, trigger springs, rotary valve bumpers, rotary valve string/cord and trombone slide bow bumpers.  Woodwind instruments routinely require replacement pads (skin pads, leather pads, cork pads), key corks, key felts, springs, tenon corks, saxophone crook corks, saxophone neck receiver screws & flute headjoint corks.  We even carry replacement mute corks in stock!  Occasionally, when unusual or rare parts are required which are not normally stocked, we can usually source these within a very short timescale.

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