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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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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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