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  • Performance: Embouchure

    Mike Lawson | September 17, 2014

    Insights on Dealing with Braces

     

    When I was in the second grade, I had an accident that knocked out a top front tooth and chipped the corner of the tooth beside it. Over the years, the gap closed up somewhat, shifting inward, but it was still quite noticeable. I also had a tooth on the lower set that protruded out in front of the other teeth. This may have been my biggest obstacle to playing trombone.

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  • Repair: Servicing Brass Instrument Tuning Slides

    Mike Lawson | April 8, 2011

    Servicing brass instrument slides can be rewarding. With only a few affordable supplies, some basic knowledge, and a little time, you can greatly affect the playing condition of your brass inventory, stretch your repair budget, and have fun getting your hands dirty at the same time! Servicing brass instrument slides can be rewarding.  With only a few affordable supplies, some basic knowledge, and a little time, you can greatly affect the playing condition of your brass inventory, stretch your repair budget, and have fun getting your hands dirty at the same time!

    Examine

    Stuck slides on brass instruments are usually the result of neglect: infrequent cleaning and lubrication and, sometimes, improper lubricants.  Also, examine the slides and connected tubing for dents, as well as for loose braces and solder joints.  Don't try to free slides that have any of these issues, or slides that are adjacent to loose braces, as this could lead to further damage.  Please refer these jobs to a professional repair shop.

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