STRING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
MAY I USE STEEL STRINGS ON A NYLON GUITAR?
As you should not use violoncello strings ona guitar that would be a common mistake. Never use steel strings on a classical guitar, Steel string tension is much bigger and that may lead you instrument to bend, crack, unglue some parts such as the bridge, and so on. Click here and check how to fix that kind of problem on YouTube:
STRINGS ACTION IS TOO LOW OR TOO HIGH?
One of the most common causes for this problem is the position of the saddle or the bridge. If one of those is too high or too low, a nut or even a wrong shape of the neck might cause it.. If the neck is bent then the fingerboard may neer to be removed and the projection and angle may be corrected.
STRINGS MAKE A WEIRD NOISE ON WOOD?
String Musical Instruments cucha as the violin or the cello need a cuvature in the lenght so the fingerboard doesn't touch the strings. For adjusting that we need to remove the strings and use a scraper and measure how much the gap must be made. If there's an old instrument it might be necessary to glue a new fingerboard.
STRINGS MAKE NOISE ON METAL?
Plucked String Musical insgruments such as the guitar, the banjo or the ukulele may have frets jumping away, poorly fit, used or even a bent neck. For that there are two procedures to made, new frets assembly or to adjust the frets gaps. (fret grinding). If the neck is bent it must be adjusted before anything.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT IS NOT TUNING?
Pegs (or pegboards) for the Bass or guitar) might not be not fitting properly or old. Another thing that may make it hard to make the proper tune is a bad or old nut. For that the pegs must fit properly or might need a new nut.
THE GUITAR NECK OR HEADSTOCK IS BROKEN?
The piece on the top of the guitar with pegs is know as the headstock, the top where it's thinner may break if it falls. If that's the case keep on all the partss and bring us. We may need to use a hardwood pin to make it stronger than before the crack.
THE NECK IS BENT?
It is natural that with the variation in humidity and tension of the strings, the instrument's neck bends, we have procedures to return it to its original format. If necessary it will be reinforced, the fingerboard (usually a black piece of Rosewood, ebony, pe, etc.) where the frets of the instrument are located must be made of hard wood to avoid bending, it also improves the sound quality of the instrument.
HOW TO CHANGE GUITAR OR VIOLIN VARNISH?
Handmande instruments should not have its original varnish replaced as it have some sound value and also grant value to the musical instrument. Quality varnishes would be Tung Oil, Lacquer and could be repaired. Factory made instruments commonly use sinthetic vanishes as Poliestyrene or Polyurethane and besides drying too much may crack and might break the art of the musical instrument on the purling and Rosette. If you have a factory made musical instrument we could use another varnish, but we could replace it, but we must check as it may have some history.
LOOSE GUITAR BRIDG?
In musical instruments like the guitar the piece that holds the strings to the top of the instrument is know as brigde. It may have been poorly seated and glued, the glue used may have been inappropriate, among other factors, but no problem, it can be fixed.
THE INSTRUMENT CRACKED?
Cracks need a internal reinforcement, traditional techniques and and materials are need for that kind of repair. Among those the hide glue from animals, linen cloth and soft wood reinforcements are needed.
CAN STRINGS LAST LONGER?
The edges on the nut, the saddle or the pegs may cut the string. For that those white parts should be adjusted and replaced if needed. We do not recommend using plastic as it may dry and they avoid the proper tuning as it's usually soft. For the violin the same should be done and we should use hardwood as ebony or rosewood. It can be made of bones or other hard material as well.
WOODWIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - FLUTE AND SAX
WESTERN CONCERT FLUTE PARTS NAMES:
2 Body (barrel)
3 Foot (C tone)
5 Stopper Screwnut
6 Stopper Screw and Washer
7 Mouthpiece Cork
8 Lip Plate
10 C key screw (DO)
11 G Key screw (Sol)
12 G Key (Sol)
13 E Key (MI) - apart
14 C Key (Do)
15 Left hand axis
16 Right hand axis
17 Small pad washer
18 Big key washer
19 Pad Screw
20 Rod Screw
21 Adjusting Screw
22 Flat coil screw
23 Small Flat Spring
24 Big Flat Spring
25 Thumb key axis
26 Thumb B Lever (Si Flat)
27 Thumb B Key (Si)
28 Trill part
29 G# key (Sol Sharp)
31 G# axis
32 Needle Spring
34 D# Key (Re Flat)
35 C# key (Do Flat)
36 Foot axis
37 C Key, Axis and Screw
KEY IS NOT WORKING?
Flutes and saxophones use a spring system ahta makes the keys move, check if there are any loose or broken spring. If eveyghint is on place a new tension should be made or replaced, the instrument must be disassembled and you may need a professional.
THE INSTRUMENT IS OUT OF TUNE?
Check for leaks, if the low note is not working from that point you might have some leaks. To check if it's working we hit the notes and if you cant's hear a nice tone it's propably leaking. If that's the case we might need to disassemble and check what to do next.
CRACKS? WHAT DO DO?
Some wood instruments might crack and the ring that revolves the instrument should de removed in order to glue it properly. We might need to do some wood grafting. In metal instruments we must do some soldering and polishing.
INSTRUMENT IS NOT TUNING?
Many elements might trouble the proper tuning. The first are the climate and temperature. The shape of the instrument can be a problem too. Some intruments don't have good quality and a mouthpiece replacement could fix the instrument. Air Leak Fittings might trouble the tuning.
THE INSTRUMENT IS BENT?
A little bent may not trouble the sound that much. That may be just a aesthetic feature but trying to remove the bent can make it weak. As for a bigger bent if could trouble the fitting and make it leaky.
THE INSTRUMENT IS RUSTING EASILY?
Some stuff might make it rusty (you hard, sea wheather, umidity) and a bad plating. We do plate the instruments in small parts. That's a really tuff job as it mibht trouble the tuning and keys. If that's neeeded we do advivce to use baby powder and to keep your hands clean and dry before playing.
WHAT TO DO IF I HAVE METAL ALLERGY?
There are many ways to avoid that problem, the simplest is to use a lip holder made of another synthetic material. Using another mouthpiece could be a better solution. There are countless materials from wood to silver, gold and so on. Currently we don't make mouthpieces but we can order and ajust one from the suppliers. We also make silver or gold plating using electroplating.