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Questions tagged [maintenance]

For questions about keeping an instrument or related gear in playable condition.

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Can I use a car polishing cloth to polish my flute?

I have a Yamaha flute headjoint and it is dirty. Therefore I want to clean it so its appearance will be better. Can I use a car polishing cloth for this?
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How can I connect pedals and amplifiers without accidentally damaging them?

I've understood that there are some risks with connecting pedals, amplifiers, instruments and microphones and that I should be aware of what I'm doing, or it could damage my equipment. How can I ...
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High action on higher fret on my steel acoustic guitar

It's been 2 years since the last time I played guitar. I tried to play again this morning and something feels off. I felt sore on my wrist when trying to play barre chords for just a few strums. I don'...
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Acoustic guitar for harsh climate changes [on hold]

I live in the mountains in a desert area (not US) in a one room apartment. In winter, the temperatures here vary from 4-10 celcius, with over 70% humudity. In summer, the temperatures are between 30-...
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Is my nut pocket cut uneven?

The left side of the pocket is cut flat while the right side has a bump to the far right. I measured from the bottom of the pocket to the top of the fingerboard and the right side sits 1/64" to 2/64" ...
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What's the use case for a thickness measurement tool in a guitar toolkit?

I purchased a toolkit specifically designed for guitars, and beside the tools I expected, it contained this: The description lists it as a thickness measurement tool. What thickness would one measure ...
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Problems placing analog synth on window shelf above radiator?

I have recently purchased an analog synthesizer (the DSI OB-6 Desktop). Unfortunately, the only place I can place it is on a window shelf which has a water-heated radiator below it. I have read that ...
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How do I keep my spit out of my harmonica? [duplicate]

I've been fooling with my new set of harmonicas, but I'm having trouble with them because they are filling up with spit. What can I do to prevent this problem?
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What would make 1 key buzz or ring?

I have an old Kimball Consolette .The middle e makes an annoying buzz/ring sound.I can’t see anything mechanically different about it.Could the strings be unevenly stretched?The e flat sounds slightly ...
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Can powered on amp die from changing equipment?

I recently got some pedals and was playing around with them the other night. I had them plugged into a 12-13 year old Fender Frontman 15 (small solid state combo amp). I decided I wanted to change the ...
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What's the best way to fly commercially with a guitar?

I've heard horror stories about guitars being damaged on commercial airline flights. Is there a safe way to fly with a guitar?
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Is getting a guitar setup general maintenance or only for fixing problems?

I get an oil change for my car every 6 months or 3,000 miles. Its just part of keeping the car in good working order. Should I get my guitar set up every x amount of time, or x amount of hours played ...
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Cleaning a Tenor Recorder lever

I have a plastic Tenor Recorder which I understand can be washed with soapy water. I am concerned if the lever can also be immersed or do I have to clean it another way.
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How do I disassemble a slide whistle in order to clean it?

How do I disassemble it so that I can clean it? (click to enlarge)
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Do you think my piano is worth repairing? [closed]

I have a Baldwin upright that's at least 30 years old. It won't hold a tune, many of the keys are sticky or difficult to depress and the middle octave is now picking up harmonic? actual notes? from ...
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Fret leveling, where to begin?

I'm new to this site. I have an Epiphone LP Standard for which I recently dropped the tune-o-matic bridge. It plays open strings and chords below the fourth fret beautifully. Action is where I want it....
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what, if anything, needs to be done to maintain a guitar when done playing

After I finishing playing I usually just stick my acoustic guitar back in the case. Is there anything I should be doing to prolong its life and keep it in good shape? If my hands get sweaty while ...
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How to maximize my tone using a floating bridge

I have an archtop guitar with a floating bridge. I've been told that it's important for the bridge to have maximum contact with the face of the guitar, but I'm seeing a gap between the bridge and the ...
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Would my 12 string guitar break if i added pairs of strings instead of octaves and removed the last low-E string?

I've heard of lots of famous musicians doing this, for example Ariel Camacho. And their guitars never break. I'm wondering if I added pairs of strings and removed the last low-E string, would it break?...
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Problem with a Digital Piano

So, I have a digital piano, a Casio CDP 130 that I bought at the start of the year. It has been working perfectly until yesterday a friend of mine was playing it and noticed that when the seventh B of ...
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How do I fix a broken bridge pin without going to the guitar shop?

Are there any tools cheap from eBay that I can use? Or anything common from around the house? And a tutorial.
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Preserving autograph on a guitar done in sharpie?

I have two guitars that were signed by artists over 20 years ago. I rarely remove them from the case. One is a white flying V knock off with signatures all over the body. One is an ESP LTD MV-300, ...
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What pen to use for autograph on guitar, and how to protect it?

I am getting a 1997 Gibson SG Special (Black) signed next month by one of my favorite artists. What sort of pen should I use for this specific guitar? I had read acrylic pen, but I am not sure. I ...
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Seagull S6 acoustic guitar feels very hard to play

I am beginner guitar player. I had a cheap $150 guitar for slightly more than 1 year. I started learning guitar with that. It’s a 3/4 size guitar. I had no problem with it other than the sound bit low....
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How do I fix a stuck Joint on a plastic recorder

Help! I just purchased the MPI classic Tenor recorder in Matte black from Groth music (http://www.grothmusic.com/p-24419-mpi-classic-tenor-recorder-outfit-baroque.aspx?utm_source=googlepepla&...
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Is it safe to use velcro Command strips on the inside of the body of an acoustic guitar?

I recently purchased a used Taylor 214ce-SB DLX. Since Taylor guitars do not come with an on-board tuner, I’m looking for a way to discreetly place a tuner somewhere on the guitar, and a potential ...
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How to clean a smelly flute? [duplicate]

I've been playing the flute for a while, an noticed that my flute headjoint is smelling a little funky. How do I clean it, and is it safe to wash the headjoint (after removing the cork)? P.S. - I ...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

Today I adjusted the truss rod on my guitar, because the action was quite high and I found it difficult to play. I progressed slowly, and did 1/8 turns, but after each turn I had not noticed anything ...
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tight truss rod

I recently got my hands on a used schecter km6 guitar. It played great, except for that the action was higher than i like it. I checked the relief in the neck (fretted the 1st and 17th fret, measured ...
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How to get rid of a scratch on my strat

I know that it's possible to rub out a scratch on my cars finish using rubbing and polishing compound. Does the same thing work on a guitars finish if the scratch is not to deep?
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Cork in the base of a violin's chin rest

Recently, all the cork that was between the base of my violin's chin rest and the instrument's body has been rubbed off and, as a result, the chin rest is "flowing around" the lower left part of the ...
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New piano flaking near hitch pin

I recently purchased a new Yamaha C1X, and I noticed that the paint has started to flake off at various places after a few days, near the hitch pin (see picture). This doesnt seem to affect the sound ...
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Floyd Rose screws are too tight?

My Floyd Rose screw is too tight. I am using a Kramer 7 string guitar with Floyd Rose, and I was attempting to install D-tuna. I have successfully installed the D-tuna on my 7th string before (i.e., ...
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How do I set my Ibanez guitar intonation?

I'm trying to intonate an Ibanez GIO GRG120EX to drop A#, but when I get the 12 fret in tune the open string it's out of tune and vice-versa. So far I've moved my pickups so they are not too close to ...
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Caring for violin while leaving it unused for a long period

I'll be away from home for about six months, leaving my violin (it's a 1910 Eduard Reichert, if that makes any difference) behind. I loosened the strings to a very slack state, and as a result the ...
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Got a 70 euro used guitar, but frets are rather flat and don't really sound good, what to do?

Hello so i bought a guitar in order to learn how to play, went through a few chords and it was rather annoying that some frets are pretty flat so if you press them near the opposite end, it starts ...
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I think my guitar strings are wound too tight and I can't play barre chords

I'm a beginning guitar player, with a secondhand Yamaha FG-180J I got as a gift. The strings were already wound when I got it. Upon playing it, I had a lot of trouble playing barre chords. The strings ...
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Is it time to replace my violin bow?

I am an advanced (post grade-8) violin student and I have had my bow for about 3 years. I've been playing intense pieces and although I have lost some hair, the density of the bow is still really good....
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Problem with guitar bridge

I have an old classic guitar. The bridge is made of very soft wood (or it got softer after a time, no difference). The problem is that the strings bend down in places they make contact with the bridge....
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Boss NS-2 crackling cutting the output

I've got a Boss NS-2 that I've used for ~6 years without issue. I recently took my board apart to redo all the effects and noticed that the output of the board was inconsistently dropping and ...
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How to clean a neglected bassoon

I acquired a bassoon recently from my school. It appears the previous owner was less than routine with their cleaning of the instrument, and there is a (prepare yourself) thin layer of congealed ...
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I'm not sure if my slide whistle is working correctly

I recently bought a slide whistle. How much resistance is meant to be on the plunger and how is it supposed to sound when moving it up and down (without blowing into it)? Mine has a noise that sounds ...
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Replacement screw for Yamaha CP300 stage piano

One of the screws that holds the top plastic case of our school's Yamaha CP300 stage piano was lost. It's an M5 threaded machine screw with a Phillips pan head that's approximately 25mm long and a ...
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Oiling a whole guitar body instead of using lacquer/paint/varnish

I have just been making my first guitar over the last few days from scratch and I have just gotten to the point of needing a finish for it. I was wondering if anyone had experience in oiling a whole ...
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What kind of glue to attach a pickguard to the face of an acoustic guitar?

Years ago I had a luthier make me a custom pickguard for my acoustic guitar. The glue has aged and the pickguard is separating from the face of the guitar. What kind of glue should I use to reattach ...
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Methods to preserve autographs on an acoustic guitar

Some months ago I met my favourite band backstage and got my guitar signed by the band members. Since then I avoid playing this specific guitar to not blur or completely erase the autographs. I ...
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Replacement tremolo arm for 2004 Japanese Fender Strat

I have bought a 2004 MIJ Strat that is missing the arm for the vibrato system. It seems there are a number of replacement options (fender, gotoh, etc), but they are different sizes. Which should I buy ...
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Is it bad to leave my guitar in the car for 5 hours biweekly? [duplicate]

I have an Ibanez AW54-OPN and since I take lessons right after having finished my work day (5h) I was considering bring the guitar with me in the morning and leave it in a car (I'd prefer not to carry ...
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Usual Violin Maintenance?

What kind of maintenance should be performed daily, weekly, and monthly? Furthermore, what products would be best for things such as cleaning?
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Piano: Will my piano strings break if my cat walks on them?

I own Yamaha baby grand piano. And today, I forgot that I left it open after practising until I caught my cat treading on the strings. My cat isn't that heavy (he weighs 5kgs), but he plodded on the ...