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How To Flush Your Bach Trumpet

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Flush Your Bach Trumpet

In order to keep your Bach trumpet in good condition, it’s necessary to deep clean it periodically.  This prevents a build-up of grease and grime within the mechanics of the horn that can affect the tone and general ease of use of the instrument.  If you don’t keep your trumpet in good order, you risk shortening its lifespan considerably, so a little effort every month or so will pay dividends in the long run.  However, having your horn dipped professionally at a music repair shop can be expensive.  Luckily, you can save money by doing the job yourself at home.  Read on to find out how. What you’ll need plastic bowl or pan large enough to completely submerge your trumpet slide snakes mouthpiece brush 1 litre white vinegar plastic jug hot water slide grease valve oil trumpet polishing cloth You can buy white vinegar at any good hardware or DIY store, or in your local supermarket.  The tools you need for cleaning your trumpet are available from good music stores or online. How to do it Begin by taking all the slides out of your trumpet and placing them in the bowl, together with the mouthpieces and the bell part of your horn.  Place the valves on one side.   Make up a solution of the white vinegar and hot water in the plastic jug so that there’s enough liquid to completely cover the trumpet.    Immerse the trumpet parts in the solution and allow them to soak for a few hours.   Leaving everything immersed in the solution, run your slide snakes through the slides and tubes.   Clean all the ports in the valves using a mouthpiece brush.  Place the metal part of the valve in the water but be very careful not to get the felt on the top part of the valves wet or you’ll damage the valve alignment when you reassemble your horn.   Empty the bowl and rinse all the trumpet parts under warm running water to get rid of any bits of debris.   Allow everything to air dry on a lint-free cloth before greasing the slides, oiling the valves, and reassembling your trumpet.   Polish up your trumpet using the polishing cloth that came with your instrument.  (The vinegar gives the metal a fantastic shine without damaging the lacquered finish.) In conclusion You can save yourself money by deep-cleaning your Bach trumpet at home, following the simple guidelines given...

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What to Know about Hybrid Pianos Before You Buy

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What to Know about Hybrid Pianos Before You Buy

It may surprise you to find out that there is more to buying pianos than choosing between a grand and an upright. The world of pianos has changed over the past few decades, and one of your new options may surprise you. The latest piano option is known as a hybrid, like the ones offered by Kawai pianos. There are a few things you need to know before you either buy one or overlook one as an option. Technology The technology of a hybrid piano is the real difference between it and a traditional acoustic option. A hybrid piano uses soundboards and speaker systems to give a clear digital output of the music being entered into the device through the keys. Some of the more advanced models will give the player the option of playing with the soundboard or using a traditional acoustic sound. This is ideal if you live in an apartment setting where an accoustic piano could put out a much larger sound than what you would like. The digital technology also offers options for headset and Bluetooth capability if you would prefer to hear the sound through headphones or a Bluetooth speaker system that can be adjusted for the right sound volume. Performance One of the reasons you may be considering purchasing a piano in the first place is for your child or someone in the home who is learning to play. This means performance will play a strong role in the type of piano you choose. For example, you may not want to purchase an option that sounds or performs vastly different at home as compared to the type of instrument your child will be playing at their recital. When you purchase a hybrid piano, you can rest easy knowing that though it is digitally advanced, and the performance is still the same as the traditional acoustic option. The difference is in the clarity of sound and other digitally mastered options. Appearance When you hear the term hybrid piano, you may think they would look much different in appearance and form. The truth is, a hybrid is designed to look just like a traditional piano in most every way. For example, if you are looking at an acoustic grand piano, or traditional grand piano, and a hybrid piano, you won’t notice any difference in the pedals or keys. They can also resemble either an upright or baby grand piano. The design will look nearly the same. This is ideal if you want something that is more technologically advanced but gives the appearance of a traditional instrument. These are only three of the things you need to know before purchasing a hybrid piano. If you are ready to see your hybrid options, visit your local Kawai piano...

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