Keeping an instrument in playable condition.

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How often should I wax my bass?

When I bought my bass, it came with a surface finisher (beeswax). I've been waxing my bass about once every month/month and a half. Why should I wax my bass and how often is it recommended I do it?
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What is a good string height for a mountain dulcimer?

27" scale, tuned DAd. Just ordered the nut and saddle and don't know how much I should sand them down as I'm not really a dulcimer player. Thanks in advance
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How do you identify string gauge?

A friend broke a string on her bowed psaltery (a small zither-like instrument) and needs to replace it. Problem: what gauge? The source of the instrument is unknown and it didn't come with spare ...
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My guitar sounds off tune

Lately, I noticed that my excellent acoustic guitar is always sounding off tune even when I have tuned it with keyboard and even electronic tuner. Another thing I noticed is that when I play the ...
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Do instruments get out of tune when you place them near a radiator?

Do instruments get out of tune when you place them near a radiator when the radiator is hot? If so, why? Also, is there anything else that happens when you place an instrument near a hot radiator?
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How should I inspect a used piano prior to purchase?

I am considering finding a used grand (or baby grand) piano to purchase. This will be a standard acoustic piano, not an electronic version that "looks like" a grand piano. I am an experienced ...
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How to disassemble a tuba for cleaning

When I remove the valves of a piston tuba, do I remove the spring also?
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Electric Violin care

I'm a beginner violinist. I'm planning to buy a used electric violin, but I don't know much about them. Is the maintenance for an electric violin the same as with the acoustic one? Any tips on how ...
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Bass guitar amp power socket issues

I have a rather unusual question. I have a Fender Affinity Jazz Bass starter kit and it comes with a 15W amp - "Rumble 15 Bass Combo Amp". I also have a cat in the house, and every time I don't cover ...
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With a Floyd Rose bridge, how big of a difference in string gauge will require a new set-up?

I have a new Schecter Hellraiser Extreme that came with stock 10-46's. I prefer a hybrid 9-46 (only the thinnest 3 strings are different guage) -to bend a bit better.... Is that minor enough change ...
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Is there a way to lengthen the lifespan of my strings? [duplicate]

I have acidic fingers and my strings wear out rather quickly. I am using Elixir which is a lot better than most other brands, but after around two weeks it loses the clean sound, becomes hard (or ...
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Is it safe to use silicone spray as valve oil?

I used silicone spray to lubricate my trumpet's pistons. It's easier to spray the lubricant on the valves, but can silicone spray damage my trumpet? What about other general purpose lubricants? I ...
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Should I oil my woodwinds?

I have a clarinet and a recorder, both made of wood. The clarinet is five and the recorder 25 years old. I just learned that I should oil from David Pino's "The Clarinet and Clarinet Playing". ...
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Correct process for replacing guitar strings

The steps I follow whenever I'm replacing guitar strings come from a diverse set of advices that I got in person, online or whatever, and I never asked any professional about them. I do it like this: ...
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Storing a flute

I haven't played my flute in several years, but it is a fairly high-quality open-holed silver instrument. During this time, it is already a bit tarnished and grimy, and I want to make sure that I am ...
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Instrument self polished from contact with body

My mahogany guitar came unpolished from the factory. After several years of play, certain areas are now quite shiny -- from self-polishing due to contact with my body during play. Especially the back ...
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Steel-string parlor guitar - effect on tuning stability when changing string gauge?

I have an acoustic guitar that's currently strung with .012 gauge strings. I'd like to change that to lighter strings (around .010) and lower the action a bit. (This is my secondary acoustic, and I'd ...
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Is there any way i can increase the life of my drum sticks?

Is there any way I can improve how long my sticks last, and prevent chips, splints and cracks? As a metal drummer, I find that I am playing a lot of rim hits. Whether I have nylon tips or wood tips, ...
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How to stop my double bass pedals from squeaking?

I have had my double kick pedal for at least a year and a half now and I've started to notice a squeaking when the left pedal is pressed (the slave pedal.) I've tried oiling the bearings and it ...
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Acceptable temperatures for an electric guitar

There are plenty of subjects related to storing a guitar in various conditions, but most talk about exposure to direct sunlight or other notable sources of heat or are a bit vague. My problem is that ...
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Valiha maintenance

I recently got my hands on a valiha (an string instrument from Madagascar) which seems quite old, despite still working. I would have loved to change the strings since they seem a little bit old, but ...
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Using bass strings on guitar

Would it be safe to use a 0.065 bass string as a B string(tuned to Bb) on a 7 string guitar with a scale length of 26.5?
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What can I use to clean the rim and inside of my metal snare drum?

I have fantastic all purpose cleaner. Can I use that to clean the inside and outside as well as the rim of my snare drum (not including the non metal head)?
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Drumkit maintenance

I was reading questions randomly and this one grabbed my attention: Piano Maintenance Accordingly, you put glasses of water in the piano to help keep the humidity steady, so that its wood lasts ...
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Piano Maintenance

What should be done to maintain an upright piano? I am not asking about tuning it, but what can be done so it does not have to be tuned as often? I heard someone once say about a particular piano ...
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What methods are there to determine when a violin string should be replaced?

I am very new to the violin. I have broken a string just once - and it was while attempting to tune it. The string breaking was rather surprising and powerful - I'm glad my face was not too close. ...
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Guitar's individual bridge saddle intonation cannot be adjusted further

I picked up a cheap (used) guitar on which the intonation was all out of wack. I've followed the instructions in this answer about fixing the intonation using the adjuster screws on the bridge. My ...
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cleaning trombone slide where outer slide is under the inner slide

I have been playing for some time, but have never found a good way to clean the inner slide up inside the part where the outer slide is under the metal in first position I've tried tooth picks and ...
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What purpose does adjusting the violin bow tension serve?

A violin bow has a screw that allows you to adjust the hairs' tension. Like a tuning peg so to speak. When I just got mine, I didn't pay attention to it. I worked with the tuning pegs because I knew ...
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What am I doing wrong when tuning the violin using a web application?

I don't know anything about violins, and I won't have time for a tutor until much later. When attempting to tune my violin, I was advised to get a digital violin tuner. Alright. But before I go get ...
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What should I consider when I see a loosen hair in a violin bow?

This drawing should do: These are the hairs of a brand new bow. Straight, clean, etc. I noticed this: As you can see, it seems like a certain hair is a bit loose. Is this wrong? (affects ...
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Effect of Rubbing Alcohol Upon Reeds

Apparently it is common to briefly soak reeds in rubbing alcohol to disinfect them. This could be due to sickness, reed-sharing, etc. Any thoughts on how damaging this would be to the cane?
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Is there any PC software that I can use to help edit Roland RD700NX sets/perform maintenance?

I've just downloaded the V2 software for my RD 700NX and see the RD-NX Editor seems to only work on the iPad. I've searched and can't find anything, but does anyone know of any way to edit my ...
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What is the best way to remove a broken bridge pin?

I decided to give my guitar a well deserved clean, but when I came to remove the low E string, the bridge pin was a bit stuck so I resorted to using pliers, which turns out to have been a very bad ...
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Saxophone sometimes out of tune by nearly a fourth

Our band's saxophonist has a bizzare intermittent fault with his soprano sax (so normally uses his tenor or alto sax). Sometimes it's fine and sings beautifully, but other times it'll be out of tune ...
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Adding a new pot to my guitar

I am willing to add another tone potentiometer to my guitar and I wanted to know what is the best way to add a hole in the pickguard for the new pot. Is there a dedicated tool for this task? What is ...
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Right way of resting a guitar

While not using or after using, what is the right way of resting a guitar. If I lean it towards a wall, is it right to lean it with the strings facing the walls or otherwise? Is it fine to hang the ...
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Acoustic guitar damaged by impact. How to repair?

Introduction My acoustic guitar has suffered damage at four locations. It still sounds very good, and it is more than twenty years old. The damage done The different damage locations are pictured ...
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Can playing in cold weather damage a drum set / skins?

My set is in the garage, and now that it's winter, temperatures have been between 10 C and -10 C (50 F and 14 F). Is it OK to play the drums at such low temperatures, or will it cause damage to the ...
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How does the piano middle pedal work? Is there a standard symbol for it?

What are the mechanics behind the middle piano pedal? I have been using the middle pedal for a variety of music, it is wonderful, but I can't figure out how it works (I mean the mechanical process). ...
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How do I figure out whether my guitar tuning machine heads are failing on me?

What are the symptoms of low quality guitar machine heads? I know it can be the nut that's causing the problem, but besides that, how can I know whether changing the machine heads will help my guitar ...
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Remove Mouthpiece Tarnish

I have a fifty year old F.E. Olds & Sons Ambassador cornet. It lay unused for 30+ years (it is now oiled and greased properly). There is considerable tarnish on the mouthpiece and on the slides. ...
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How do I clean the windway on my recorder?

I have a plastic soprano recorder about ten years old. Over the years its accumulated some dirt or something in the windway. it has a straight windway. What is the best way to clean it out? Could any ...
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Should I take the weather into account when I replace guitar strings?

I have been told that the strings in a guitar should be replaced at least every six months (I know this can be subjective). I have a classical guitar which has been several years with the same ...
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Cleaning a harmonica with a blocked note

I have a harmonica which was given to be as a gift, I have no proper experience playing and maintaining a harmonica, nor do I still have the instructions. I could blow all 9 notes but the 10th. When I ...
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Small bugs in my classical guitar

For the last seven years, when winter comes (and the cold weather) I notice small bugs (about half a millimeter) strolling my classical guitar. They are whitish and I don't see any apparent damage to ...
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Voice trills unintentionally when singing high-pitched notes

I'm not an experienced singer, so I suppose I've got plenty of knowledge missing when it comes to keeping my voice in shape. Whenever I try to sing a high-pitched note, my voice inadvertently starts ...
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Strange guitar warble sound

I have a Jackson Dinky DK2M with two Seymour Duncan Humbucker pickups and a floyd rose tremolo on it. It is producing a strange `warble' noise on G string, especially on higher frets like 12th, 15th, ...
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Adjusting clarinet or saxophone reeds

How do various techniques and equipments for adjusting reeds compare? e.g. (blade perpendicular strokes) (Tom Ridenour's Tools + ...
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Is there a chance for heavy violin strings to harm the instrument?

Is there anything like that that heavy or other kinds of violin-strings should break down the instrument?