Now available! Play the video below to learn about our new Emergency Repair Workshop, available as a streaming video. Each module of the workshop is described below.
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Learn More About Each Module
Intro contains welcome from Hornsmasher John, safety warnings, disclaimers and addresses parts issues.
ASSEMBLING YOUR TOOL KIT
Shows how to assemble your toolkit and has extended section on how to modify and fabricate special tools.
LEARNING SAFE TOOL PRACTICES
Demonstrates safe tool practices. Includes special instructions for use of screwdrivers and pliers.
UNDERSTANDING KEY STRUCTURE AND KEY MOUNTING
Includes description of different types of keys, key part names and the two types of key mountings.
HOW TO DIAGNOSE AND REPAIR BINDING KEY PROBLEMS
Shows how to inspect, diagnose and repair the seven most common reasons keys will not work.
HOW TO PROPERLY REMOVE AND RE-INSTALL KEYS
Demonstrates safe practices when removing and re-installing keys when needed for repairs.
HOW TO IDENTIFY NON-REPAIRABLE BINDING KEY PROBLEMS
Shows how to inspect and recognize binding key problems that cannot be repaired with the basic tool set.
KEY PROBLEMS UNIQUE TO FLUTES AND CLARINETS
Shows how diagnose and repair common key mounting problems primarily on flutes and clarinets.
UNDERSTANDING ACOUSTICS OF WIND INSTRUMENTS
In this section, you will learn the basic acoustical properties of a wind instrument that relate to repair and inspection issues.
HOW TO DIAGNOSE AND REPAIR PAD PROBLEMS
Shows the basics of pad structure, instructions on how to replace and re-fit pads for all woodwind instruments.
Shows how to identify and repair the 3 types of combination adjustments. It has detailed information on combination adjustment for flutes, clarinets and saxophones.
DEALING WITH STUCK MOUTHPIECES
This section addresses the most common brass instrument issue facing music teachers.
Includes detailed instructions on the use of the Thompson mouthpiece puller.
PISTON AND ROTARY VALVE ISSUES
Shows how to diagnose and repair valve issues repairable with the basic tool kit.
Includes detailed information on valve structure and reassembly. There is also a special section on valve problems unique to Yamaha low brass as well as a section devoted to frozen rotary valves and French horn re-stringing.
TROMBONE SLIDE ISSUES
Although most trombone slide issues have to be done at the repair shop. This module shows how to identify and repair a common inner slide problem you can repair yourself.
REPAIRING STUCK TUNING SLIDES AND VALVE CAPS
Demonstrates detailed methods of stuck tuning slide and valve cap repairs.
LOOSE SCREWS ON BRASS INSTRUMENTS
Shows how to identify and repair common waterkey issues.
FINAL TEST AND YOUR COMMENCEMENT
This section contains a simple three question test on the most important material covered in the workshop and ends with your commencement ceremony provided by Hornsmasher John.