Any serious brass player knows the fragility of his instrument all too well. Delicate instruments such as the French horn, trumpet and tuba are prone to dents. Occasionally, your mouthpiece can become stuck as well. Trombone players can struggle with stuck slides and baritone players with stuck valves. Thankfully, there are tools that can assist brass players with fixing common instrument problems.
If the shank of your mouthpiece is bent out of place or dented, it can affect the way it fits into the instrument, or perhaps cause it to not go in at all. A basic mouthpiece shank dent tool can solve the problem fairly easily. The tool can be used on mouthpieces regardless of size, including those of French horns and tubas. Place the tool into the mouthpiece, and tap until the mouthpiece is straight again.
As the trombonist is practicing, suddenly the slide becomes stuck. To get back to practicing as fast as possible, use the stuck-slide removal kit. Using the kit, which comes with a grip cloth, paddle and slide-pulling hammer, is much safer than gripping the slide and pulling it with your hands. The kit prevents the bending of the slide when used correctly.
The mouthpieces of brass instruments can get stuck if it is not put in correctly. When this occurs, don't turn to a pair of needle-nose pliers, as this can cause extensive damage to the instrument or mouthpiece. Instead, use a mouthpiece puller. The tool clamps onto the mouthpiece and allows for an easy grip to pull. The design of the puller prevents dents and scratches to the instrument and the mouthpiece.
If the bell of your brass instrument becomes dented, a rod-and-ball set for small dents can fix it. The set comes with two rods of differing lengths and six dent-ball heads. The ball heads can be screwed to the rods depending upon the type of dent that needs repair. The rods then are stuck into the part of the instrument that is dented and pushed and rotated until the dent is popped out.
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