Keeping an instrument in playable condition.

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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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Will steel strings wear out my nickel frets ?

I have bought some coated strings because I wanted to try that out. After my purchase I noticed that the package says the uncoated strings are stainless steel. Since my frets are made out of nickel ...
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What are the repercussions of using really thick gauge strings on my electric guitar?

I have a Jackson King V JS32T electric guitar in blue, see the linked text for specs and the look of it. Anyway, it came with 0.09-0.42 strings and I've been using 0.13-0.56's on it for a little ...
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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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Switching my strings from 10's to 9's - am I in for more fret buzz?

So, I'm playing an Agile 200 Les Paul copy (tune o matic bridge). I've had 10's on it and sadly it has some fret buzz. I recently got it set up to eliminate the buzz and the tech got it pretty close. ...
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Best method to clean guitar?

After a month or two of playing, the strings will often have grime and skin oil stuck to the underside, and the frets will eventually start building up dirt. Add to that all the dust that accumulates ...
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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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Should I worry about this strap pin?

I recently bought a Fender Stratocaster that came stock with Schaller straplocks. This is great, because I pretty much always play standing. In shows, I jump around and do all the tricks in the book. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are good oils to use on a neck that has been stripped of veneer?

I would like to strip the veneer off of the back side of a strat's neck - I'm guessing that, like furniture, I would need to lock in/out the moisture so that the neck won't warp. Any oils work better ...
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Keyboard keys failing.

I have a Roland EM-1B and some keys are failing... I disassembled it, and the sensors are working correctly, even with velocity. If I press them directly with my fingers they work, also in locations ...
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What to have in mind when traveling by plane with my guitar?

I have to travel by plane to another country in a few months, and I want to bring my guitar with me. I have doubts with what should I do to ensure that my guitar arrives safe and in perfect condition. ...
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Acoustic Guitar Intonation Adjustments

Simply put, how does one adjust it. I have a low-end acoustic where the intonation seems to be out by quite a bit and I'd like to adjust it. It comes down to adjusting string size or length, so I ...
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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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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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Acoustic guitar, chip in rosette wood, how to avoid in future?

I was performing this afternoon when I felt a sharp pain in my right thumb. I looked down, and there was a big hunk of wood (about half an inch long) sticking out from my right thumbnail. There was a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you access the electronics on a hollow-body electric guitars ?

Some models of electric hollow-body / electric arch-top guitars do not have seem to have any kind of access to the electronics (switches, pots, caps, wiring) beside the "f" shaped sound holes. I ...
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After re-stringing acoustic guitar my action feels way off.

I recently bought an acoustic guitar, and it had this beautiful action on it. I've restrung it recently (same gauge strings) and now there's a very noticeable difference in playability. Is this ...
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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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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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Is it safe to use guitar polish everywhere on the guitar?

I have owned my first electric guitar for half a year and have only been cleaning it with a damp cloth (without any cleaning agent). Since I'm going to change strings, I think it might be a good time ...
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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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How often should electric guitars be serviced?

I have an electric guitar that I play from time to time. Should I be giving it 'maintenance services' or only if something goes wrong?
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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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Proper maintenance for classic guitars?

I have had my classic for about two years, and don't do anything to it other than wiping dust off the guitar and replacing the strings when needed(about every month or so). I've had a sponge type of ...
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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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Is it a bad idea to attach my strap just above the nut?

This question is mainly for my banjo but it seems to apply to my guitar as well. For me it is most comfortable to have the left end of the strap attached to just above the nut on the neck. Is this a ...
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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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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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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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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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Damaged tremolo arm hole in Edge 3 bridge…

just got a new Ibanez that has an Edge 3 trem in it. The difficulty I'm having is that there appears to be a piece of plastic that goes around the circumference of the hole where the arm is inserted ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 ...