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Time to Fine Tune Your Instruments – Brass, Woodwind & String Players

Instrument Talk Time to Fine Tune Your Instruments

  • 2020 03 24 KBB Instrument Care GT2

24th March 2020 Print this page Email a friend

Time to Fine Tune Your Instruments

Creativity, Arts, Music; They are part of what makes us human. They can help us through tough times as well as brighten the best of times. For those of you who will rely on your musical instruments over the coming weeks, we hope they will behave themselves and bring you joy, happiness and calm.


If your instrument has any issues over the coming weeks, we at KBB Music want to lend a helping hand in the ways that we are able. Please feel free to contact us on our Facebook page and we will put you in touch with our repair tech who will help guide you via Facebook messenger or on the phone in completing small or temporary maintenance on your instrument as necessary. It may not be perfect, but hopefully, together, we can keep your instruments going until we can see your instrument in person again.


The best course of action is to really look after your instruments.

  • Don’t leave your instruments where pets or small children can access them, or their cases
  • Don’t leave your instrument unattended if it is outside of its closed, and latched case
  • Don’t place your instrument on chairs or beds.
  • Don’t leave your instrument in direct sunlight or damp places
  • Keep up good cleaning practices:
    • Wash your hand and brush your teeth (wind players) before playing
    • Swab out and wipe off your instrument when you are done playing
  • Keep the care of your instrument simple, and straight forward
  • If you feel you are sick –
    • You may want to consider discontinuing playing until you are well again
    • You can wash mouthpieces and head joints with mild dish soap and warm (not hot) water


There are a few items that you will want to make sure to have on hand for the next few weeks:

  • Woodwinds
    • Reeds, Reeds, Reeds
    • Pull through swab
    • Gauze cloth
    • Tuning/Cleaning Rod
    • Microfibre/Soft cloth
  • Brass
    • Valve oil
    • Tuning slide grease
    • Spare Rotor cord
  • Strings
    • Spare strings
    • Spare block of rosin
    • Spare bow (a cheap one just in case)


Here are a few items that you might want to have on hand in case a minor repair becomes necessary:

  • Masking Tape
  • Cello Tape
  • Teflon/Plumber’s tape
  • Electrical Tape
  • The little clear or black, plastic hair ties (non-rubber)
  • Blu-Tack
  • Methylated Spirits, isopropyl alcohol, or similar for degreasing/cleaning (a tiny bit should be more than enough)
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Small, flat screw driver
  • Cotton Buds


We wish you all the best and hope that everyone stays heathy physically and mentally.  We are all in this together, so please feel free to reach out for help.