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Brass Instruments

Brass instruments that have played important roles in the history of music :                                                                            Trumpet: The origins of trumpets date back thousands of years. The earliest known                                                                trumpets were simple instruments made from hollowed-out animal horns or shells. They were used in various ancient civilizations, including Egypt, Greece, and Rome. During the medieval period, the trumpet underwent significant changes. The addition of a mouthpiece made of metal, such as bronze or brass, allowed for greater control and improved sound quality. In the 19th century, the trumpet underwent a major transformation with the invention of the valve mechanism. The addition of valves allowed players to change the length of the instrument's tubing, enabling them to play a full chromatic scale. This innovation expanded the trumpet's range and versatility, making it a prominent instrument in orchestras and bands. Throughout the 20th century, the trumpet continued to evolve, with advancements in materials, manufacturing techniques, and playing techniques. Today, the trumpet is widely used in various musical genres, including classical, jazz, pop, and rock.                                                                   Trombone: The trombone, like the trumpet, has ancient origins. Its precursors can be traced back to ancient civilizations, including Egypt and Rome. However, the modern trombone, as we know it today, developed during the Renaissance period (15th to 18th centuries), the trombone became a popular instrument in both secular and sacred music. It was used in ensembles and orchestras, as well as in religious ceremonies. The trombone's distinctive feature is its sliding tube, known as the slide, which allows players to change the pitch by varying the length of the tubing. During the 20th century, the trombone gained prominence in various musical genres, including orchestral music, jazz, and popular music. It has been featured prominently in jazz ensembles and big bands, and it continues to be a vital part of symphony orchestras.

Lower Brass: The tuba and euphonium are two brass instruments that are part of the modern symphony orchestra and concert band. Both instruments have a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century.   In 1835, a German instrument maker named Wilhelm Friedrich Wieprecht and a German musician named Johann Moritz invented the tuba in Berlin. They sought to create an instrument with a deep, powerful sound that could fill the gap between the brass and woodwind sections of the orchestra. Over time, the tuba underwent various design modifications and improvements. These advancements allowed for greater agility and flexibility in playing the instrument. The tuba became a standard part of the orchestra by the mid-19th century. The euphonium was initially known as the "bombardon" and was invented independently by several instrument makers in Germany, France, and England. Adolphe Sax, the Belgian inventor of the saxophone, also made significant contributions to the development of the euphonium. Sax introduced the compensating system, which allowed for more accurate intonation across the instrument's range. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the euphonium gained popularity in military bands and brass bands. It became an integral part of these ensembles, providing both melodic and harmonic support.

A brass instrument service typically involves a thorough inspection, cleaning, and maintenance of the instrument to ensure it is in optimal playing condition. Here are some common tasks that may be performed during a saxophone service:

  1. Inspection: The instrument is carefully examined for any visible damage, such as dents and valves and slides are checked for issues.

  2. Disassembly: The instrument is disassembled into its individual components, all slides and valves are removed. This allows for better access during the cleaning and adjustment processes.

  3. Alignment: testing and adjusting the alignment of slides and valves to ensure that all work free, using mandrels, lapping and other techniques.

  4. Cleaning: Each component of the instrument is cleaned using specialized ultrasonic machine, cleaning agents and tools. This includes sterilising the mouthpiece, bore, removing dirt, dust, and as much accumulated organic residue from the instrument as possible. Polishing: Brass instruments typically have a lacquered finish over a brass body. A lacquer polish is used with specialised tools to bring back the sheen to the lacquered finish where possible. Silver plated instruments are polished with specialised cloths and polish. Please note: tarnished sections will be the result of lacquer or silver plating being removed from the instrument, either caused by age or saliva/ sweat. Our polishes will not remove tarnish.

  5. Lubrication: Appropriate lubricants such as slide grease and valve oil are applied as required. Assembly and Final Play Test: After all the necessary adjustments and maintenance tasks are completed, the instrument is reassembled. A final play test is conducted to ensure that the instrument is in optimal playing condition.

The price of a standard service is $170.00 for Trumpets & Trombones  $190.00 for lower brass.

It doe not include: Dent removal, Straightening damaged or bent components, Soldering braces - all of these services will need to be quoted on by the technician.

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