Materials for Repair & Care

Instrumental repair and care can entail a simple cleaning or a complete overhaul, whereas vintage instruments require careful and historically accurate restoration. As musical instruments are constructed of any number of materials, the supplies needed for their repair vary accordingly. Traders and suppliers of this necessary equipment can be sourced from those companies registered at

The slides and valves of brass instruments accumulate layers of grime and perspiration over time. Even the inaccessible parts of brass instruments come clean after ultrasonic treatment. For smaller instruments, the entire assemblage inside and out can be subject to ultrasonic cleaning simultaneously. Slides, valves, and mouthpieces do get stuck. An instrumental repair technician has special tools to use on the soft and malleable brass in order to ensure the metal does not bend out of shape in the process of repair. If a brass instrument has been dropped or damaged in some way, it may be necessary for the technician to heat the soldered areas with a gas torch, repair or replace the damaged part, and re-solder the joint.

The sound of stringed instruments such as guitars and violins depends on the integrity of the wooden frame and the type of lacquer applied to the wood surface. Structural repairs to the body of a stringed instrument require matching the wood for colour and resonating qualities, and steam bending the wood. Materials used in structural repair of the wooden body are planes, sanding paper, and files to remove the surface of the wood. Wood glue, clamps, and lacquers are used to insert the repaired piece and restore the surface.

Cones and strings are the most repaired and replaced parts of a guitar. Resonator cones on an acoustic guitar will deteriorate over time due to an accumulation of rust or metal fatigue and should be replaced every two years. The lifetime of a cone can be extended with polishes that keep the area free of rust and debris. If a resonator guitar is played 20 minutes a day, the strings, especially the third string, will need replacing every two weeks. The strings can be kept in good repair by wiping them down with a soft cloth after playing in order to remove moisture and dust.

The repair and care of musical instruments can be as minimal as mechanical dexterity and a simple set of tools, or as complex as a ultrasonic bath. Buyers and traders of materials used for the care and repair of musical instruments can peruse the latest equipment from dealers at

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