Keeping an instrument in playable condition.

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My old clarinet smells musty. How to freshen it up?

I have an old bass clarinet I haven't played for years. I opened it up and it smells really musty. The reeds were icky so I threw them out. How do I get the smell out without damaging it? It's not ...
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Guitar set up/maintenance [closed]

Without taking your guitar to a guitar tech, is there any way of learning properly how to set up your guitar? I have been on YouTube and the internet but they all say different things, and I want a ...
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How to remove all traces of rosin from a bow ?

I saw once the case of a beginner violinist that turned out to be allergic to a specific type of rosin that came with his student violin outfit. Another hypoallergenic rosin was purchased and they ...
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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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How can I stop my electric guitar strings from rusting so quickly?

I suffer from hyperhyrdosis which means my hands sweat quite a lot. The problem is that because of this my electric guitar strings seem to rust quite quickly because of this. Is there anything I can ...
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How to tie knot for adjustable string strumstick strap

I have a strumstick and part of the requirement to hold it comfortably for playing is to have the string that's used for a strap adjusted to the correct length. The way they do this is with a special ...
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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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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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Finding corresponding hex bolts and keys for electric guitar bridge

The guitar is Washburn G5V, I suppose it's around 25 years old. It's a great sounding guitar I'd like to keep for a long time, and there's a problem with the vintage Floyd Rose bridge - it has these ...
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Clicking key only when action in piano

I recently took out the action on my grand piano to fix some clicking noises. There were two issues I fixed: I noticed the screws behind the wippen were extremely loose and a loud clicking noise ...
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Mouth Trumpet: Maintenance [closed]

I love my mouth trumpet, but it is an instrument with very little support. How should I properly maintain my mouth trumpet?
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Bass trombone maintenance

I have just purchased a Jupiter 1240 L-T bass trombone which has Thayer Valves. I am wondering if: It is possible to wash the instrument in the bath tub (will the Thayer Valves be ruined?) Can I ...
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Ιs my tone knob holder broken?

Well, 4 years ago, when I bought my guitar, there was a plastic over the pickguard. 5 minutes ago I realized that I've never got out the plastic completely, and there still was some left under the ...
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Where can replacement parts be acquired for adams vibraphones?

I have an Adams Endurance Field Frame for a vibraphone and the high capacity spring that allows the pedal to function has broken due to wear of the medal. I have been searching around but cannot find ...
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How should tuba valve springs of different size be reassembled?

I finished cleaning my tuba, but I'm not sure where the springs go. I know they go into the valve but they are all different sizes ranging from largest to smallest. Does it matter what order they are ...
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Should I fix my piano or buy a digital one?

I've been doing a lot of research, but first here's my background. I live in a Beach City, near Sao Paulo, Brazil. My grandfather has bought me a piano years ago, at an auction for R$ 900 (in today's ...
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How to accurately intonate a 3 saddle telecaster?

I have a traditional 3 saddle telecaster bridge. With two strings on each saddle my intonation is always a slight compromise. This is OK on the first four strings, but the bass strings are noticeably ...
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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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Piano sustains when pedal not pressed

I noticed this on a piano I played recently - a small amount of sustain with no pedal and much more with it pressed. It wasn't unpleasant, actually, but is it likely to be: A feature of the piano A ...
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Whining noise from one piano key

I recently bought a 2nd-hand upright piano and had it tuned after a couple of weeks. The tuner (who came well recommended) says he got it up to concert pitch. However I noticed one key in particular ...
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Cleaning a tarnished flute

My flute is tarnished and needs to be cleaned... I was afraid if I polished it, I would break something on it. I read online that it's a bad idea to remove tarnish on a flute yourself as you can ruin ...
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Why do I wear out the frets on my guitar faster than most other folks? Do I need a lighter touch?

I know all about the fact that the unwound strings on my acoustic guitars are steel and the frets are nickel. And I understand that fret wear - especially under the plain steel un-coated strings is ...
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What is the right way to look after a concert flute after playing it?

Inspired by: Will my wind instrument be damaged if I leave it assembled? I have a pretty standard metal concert flute. What is the correct strep-by-step procedure for after I finish playing it? I am ...
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Will my wind instrument be damaged if I leave it assembled?

Almost every teacher, expert, and book has informed me that I should disassemble my (clarinet / recorder / saxophone) each time after I practice. However, it is difficult for me to see how this would ...
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Guitar less resonant than when new; humidity problem?

Several months ago I purchased a folk-size acoustic guitar. It's not top-of-the-line but it had quite a nice sound up until a few weeks ago. Previously, it had a rich, resonant tone and was capable ...
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How can one restore a very old guitar?

Today I was at grandparents' house and I found a really old guitar. It's kinda small and I don't know why, but it also has 7 strings; one strange thing for me which I have never seen - nut is wooden ...
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Piano getting out of tune and noisy after 6 weeks

I have a 30 year old upright piano withan iron frame. It had been neglected for probably 10 years. 6 months ago it has been repaired and tuned. The action had to be cleaned and pieces of felt and ...
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Do pianos really need to rest before tuning, after being moved?

I'm new to real pianos and just having bought an old 2nd-hand one, it's obviously gone out of tune being moved to my house. I've heard from a few people, including one tuner, that they need to 'rest' ...
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What is the proper humidity range for an acoustic guitar?

What is the range of relative humidity, in percentage, that is optimal for storing a guitar, cello, violin or the like in its case? I live in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, which is a humid environment ...
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Put a cup of water inside a piano?

I was told by someone that their piano tuner recommends placing a cup of water inside their upright piano (on the floor not inside the mechanism!) for some purpose to do with humidity. Is this a ...
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How close to a radiator is too close?

While ideally a piano would be kept in some special room with controlled humidity and temperature, that's rarely possible. For many of us in small houses, finding Any space big enough is a challenge ...
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Room-wide humidity buffering

I'm trying to keep the humidity level up in my (small 8'x10') music room using a small table top humidifier. I have a couple of guitars and a concertina that I'd like to protect from low humidity ...
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Why does my tone knob seem to act as an on/off switch and what should I do about it?

I have a mid-90s Washburn MG-40 electric guitar. It was very crackly when I acquired it so I took it to be serviced. I'm new to playing electric so the tone knob is a bit of a mystery to me, but mine ...
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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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How to know if my guitar's neck is bent or not?

When I go to my guitar tech, he said that my guitar's neck is already bent. How to know it or what are the methods to see if it's already bent or not? Well, my guitar don't really have a truss-rod. ...
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Adjust left / right angle of guitar neck?

TL;DR: Can I adjust the left / right angle of my electric guitar's neck? Not the vertical angle that most of the related questions seem to ask about. I've recently inherited an old Squier Bullet that ...
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Fretless rosewood fingerboard care

I own a new Ibanez SRF700 fretless bass guitar, which has a rosewood fingerboard. I have noticed some light scratching on the fingerboard where I’ve dug in harder than I should. I am working on ...
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Removing stuck screws from woodwind instruments

So as my clarinet restoration saga continues, anyone have any household secrets for removing stuck screws? Things I have tried: Oil/wd40 Hitting with a hammer (the vibrations apparently free ...
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Clicking noise in digital piano should i return it?

I am learning piano and music theory for the first time. I got a Casio privia px 150 - it was recommended everywhere. I especially liked the weighted keys. But then today I noticed this and recorded ...
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How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?

I think this would be a wonderfully instructive question to people who are new to tube amplifiers. In short, how do I know that it's time to change a tube, and what's a good strategy for figuring out ...
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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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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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What is intonation and how can I find out if my guitar has correct intonation?

What is intonation? What is the best way to check my intonation and fix it if necessary?
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Acoustic Yamaha U1: One key sounds too loud

I recently got a Yamaha U1 acoustic piano. It sounds great except the E below middle C (E3) is much too loud. Whenever I play a chord with that key it really stands out and dominates the sound. No ...
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Acoustic guitar - how to wind strings on the tuning posts

While writing an answer to this question, I did a little web searching and found that the way I was taught 29 years ago to wind the strings isn't necessarily the best. On an acoustic guitar, I tend ...
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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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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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Is it okay to sit on guitar combo amplifier?

I just bought a 1x10" Marshall combo guitar amp, and I've read in articles that many guitarists sit on their amps. Is it okay to sit on it? Is there any chance of breaking it as a result?
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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 ...