Brass Repair

Brass instruments are wind instruments that are typically made of brass and that produce sound through lip-vibration. The following instruments are brass instruments that would require brass repair:

  • Trumpet
  • Fluegelhorn
  • Trombone
  • French horn
  • Mellophone
  • Tuba
  • Sousaphone
  • Baritone / Euphonium

Internal Cleaning Service – Brass instruments have traditionally been cleaned by a chemical clean.  Ultrasonic cleaning, however, is a great cleaning option for brass instruments.  If there is sticking or you are having other issues with your valves, it may be due to deposit build up inside of the instrument.  Instead of an intensive brass repair or valve replacement, the solution may simply be an ultrasonic cleaning.  An ultrasonic cleaning helps to break down these deposits without scrubbing, preventing the possibility of scratches from brushes or other cleaning utensils.  If you have an older brass, however, you may want to consider our ozone cleaning option or mild chemical clean.  The bubbles caused during ultrasonic cleaning can accelerate the damage of red rot if it already exists within an instrument, so ozone and chemical cleaning are safer alternatives for older brass!

Valve Alignment – A valve alignment is a precise adjustment made to ensure that the instrument’s valves are aligned properly with the openings of the valve casings. When the valves are properly aligned, the instrument is more playable and easier to control.

Dent Removal – One common and important brass repair is dent removal. From small dings to major dents, brass instruments are prone to this type of damage. Luckily, we have the experience and means to handle this damage and get your instrument back into top shape!

Soldering – In brass instruments, joints can weaken and break over time. When this happens, we can solder the joints back into place in order to strengthen them and keep the instrument together.

Polishing – If your instrument’s finish looks as if it has seen better days, a polish may be just what it needs to bring it back to looking new!

Handslide Alignment (Trombone) – It is important for a trombone’s handslide to be properly aligned in order to optimize the performance of the instrument. If misaligned, we can adjust the slide in order to keep it in smooth playing condition!

Other Brass Repairs and Services

  • Valve Refitting
  • Cork Replacement
  • Water Key Replacement
  • Spring Replacement
  • Freeing Stuck Slides
  • Removing Stuck Mouthpieces
  • Fabricating Parts

To learn how to best care for and maintain your brass instrument click here!