Questions tagged [maintenance]

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

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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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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 ...
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Leaky brand new Hohner Blues Harp?

I started playing harmonica about 6 months ago, on a Hohner Marine Band. I quickly learned to play clean, single notes, and draw bends have become second nature (I'm starting to integrate blow bends, ...
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Natural-finish electric guitar maintenance

I would like to buy an electric guitar with a natural finish(chapman rs1-6). The problem is that the guitar have a natural finish and I don't know how to clean/mantain this guitar. Are oil needed or I ...
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Should I fix the bridge on this guitar?

This is a guitar from 1950's or 60's that I recently got refurbished, but now I still have the problem of it going relatively quickly out of tune. It has a movable bridge, and I think this is the ...
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Rebend Violin bow

According to this answer, one can 'reheat and rebend' a violin bow. I have an old bow (poor-quality, it is weighted badly and needs rehairing) that is very slack and I'm guessing needs rebending. I ...
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How can I prevent filters from falling from my earplugs when I remove them?

I have a few pairs of flat-response attenuators (a.k.a. musicians earplugs). On one of them, the filters tend to fall when I remove the earplugs from my ear. How can I prevent that? Demonstration:
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Should I loosen the tension on the bow for a break?

According to Violin for Dummies, we should loosen the horsehair before put violin back in the case. However, I always give myself about an hour break after I play violin for 1 to 2 hours. Should I ...
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When adjusting the neck of an acoustic guitar, what bending might be normal?

Recently I bought a second guitar, before I had for almost 8 years just one guitar and did not noticed that its action was quite high. When I took the guitars of others I often wondered that they ...
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Should a stopbar tailpiece be level?

I have a Gibson ES-137 Classic with a tune-o-matic bridge and a stopbar tailpiece (the ES-137 has a mahogany centre block so the tailpiece attaches to that and doesn't require a trapeze tailpiece like ...
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Rapid change in humidity?

I know that rapidly changing humidity would damage the guitar but how is rapid change? I live a place where the humidity is usually very high. Humidity in my house is about 80%. I have measured the ...
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Do I need to adjust the truss rod when I change string gauge [duplicate]

I am changing the string gauge of my electric guitar from 9's to 10's, will I need to adjust the truss rod, if so could anyone recommend tutorials ?
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Fret buzz-Harmony H22

So I've been trying to look at ways to find fix fret buzz on my Harmony H22 bass guitar; it doesn't have a whole lot of buzz and I find it be on multiple frets. I'm not sure if it's just me or if it ...
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What are the impications of Varnishing Drum Shells?

I have baught a second hand Mapex M kit which is practically identical to a Mapex V Floor tom I acquired previously. The only problem is that the floor tom is matte or wood finish and the kit is gloss....
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Does the cold affect Acoustic guitar strings?

We had snow the other night and I forgot to grab a box of stings I had just purchased out of the truck of my car. Do you think the cold could hurt the strings ?
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How do you maintain a cuica in good playing condition?

I have a cuica I am learning to play and want to make sure there are no maintenance issues obstructing my practice. It's a very temperamental instrument - it can require slight adjustments in ...
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Sound of guitar strings based on temperature

Does the sound of guitar strings change depending on the temperature? If you place the guitar in the freezer and later take it out will the sound be different? If you place it in the heater or blow ...
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Clarinet Joints Loose After Left Assembled

So I was careless and after playing left my clarinet assembled on a stand for about 2 weeks while I went on vacation. When I took it apart I noticed the joints were loose. Any way I can fix this or ...
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Oil in Drum wooden shells to prevent wood to dry out

I've been reading about using tung oil inside drum shells to help keep the wood from drying out and moisture to get into the wood. The obvious concern is how does the oil affect the tonality and pitch ...
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Epi LP BB with Duncans/US wiring loom pickup vol problem

I have a 2003 Epi Les Paul Black Beauty, which I had modded with a Seymour Duncan '59 in the bridge slot and a Duncan SH-4 JB in the neck position. However, I have always encountered an issue with ...
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keeping tube amps in optimal condition

Over the holidays I acquired my first tube amplifier, a VOX VT20X. I'm not really sure whats required to keep a tube amp sounding its best for as long as possible or if they even require special ...
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What can I do to address valves getting stuck on a trumpet?

I have a problem with a low-end trumpet ($100 range, so you get what you paid for). The valves occasionally get stuck-ish, and won't depress fully after being pressed (they stop at around ~2/3 or 3/4 ...
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Guitar rattle noise when playing two strings at specific distances (with video)

Video link: This has been bugging me for a while and I am one just one step away from taking to a repair shop. My guitar is perfectly tuned and I have also adjusted ...
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Vinyl Sticker on Guitar Body

I have a vinyl stick that I really want to put on one of my guitars (I have one acoustic guitar and one electric guitar), but I'm concerned that it could either affect the sound or damage the body. ...
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Is low humidity (20%) bad for wooden instruments?

I live in the Midwest USA, so that means that it is about 0 degrees Fahrenheit this time of year, or lower. This means that my home's heater is put to work in the winter months. I purchased a ...
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What household materials are safe to use for cleaning and conditioning a guitar?

I would like to know what household materials are safe to use for cleaning and conditioning guitar body, neck, fret board, and strings. I am thinking rubbing alcohol (99% Isopropyl alcohol), olive ...
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Playing the saxophone in the rain

I've been given the opportunity to play in a one-day marching band sort-of deal in my local town. However, the scheduled date is set to rain, but the stubborn director says we're going to play on that ...
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Troubleshooting Roland analog synthesizer's 'moving' dead notes

I have a 1982 Roland Juno-60 'polyphonic' analog synthesizer. Starting about 6 months ago it began having 'moving' dead notes. What I mean by that, is that there is no evidence that any one key is '...
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Is it possible to move action from one piano into another?

I found an old upright with a sound I like but the action is old and crappy. Can I transfer the action from another (different) upright into this piano?
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Truss rod adjustments and tuning

I'm setting up my guitar and I am about to adjust my truss rod. I heard to tune the guitar first but what tuning? I typically play tuned down a step and a half. Should I tune my guitar to that setting ...
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How do you effectively clean guitar pick-ups?

The site recommended that I check both How do you care for you guitar? and Best method to clean guitar? before asking this question. But I couldn't find any information about this topic at all. I ...
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Fret buzzing after set up

I've got an Admira Artista guitar, I bought a used one which was manufactured in 1980 and it looks like a new guitar without any scratches. I played with medium tension strings and it was great. I ...
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Is olive oil good for oiling a guitar fretboard?

I need to oil and clean my guitar fretboard and was wondering if a damp cloth and olive oil is good for this?
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How can I straighten a violin tailpiece (and do I need to)?

My violin tailpiece is at a noticeable angle, as shown in the pictures below. I assume this is partly because the bridge is quite steeply-raked (which presumably can't be altered significantly, as the ...
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Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

So, my A string snapped last Saturday and as a result I re-strung it with one of my spare strings. I should note that at this point, after tuning it, the sound was coming out a little strange (or ...
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Why do guitarists re-fret their guitars?

I heard that my friend is gonna cut some tracks, and they said they want to re-fret their guitars first. Well I know that a re-fret is replacing the frets with new one. What will change if we re-fret? ...
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Do I need to keep an electric guitar in a hard shell case if I'm not traveling?

I recently bought an electric guitar and hard shell case. When I'm home is it OK to keep the guitar outside of the case? We have a thermostat that controls the humidity and temperature in the house. I ...
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Piano key sustains without the pedal pressed [duplicate]

A single key on my upright piano keeps playing even after I release it. I've tried tuning the sustain pedal with the screw all the way up to the point where other keys get affected and the pedal won't ...
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Cheap electric guitar - fix or replace? [duplicate]

TL:DR version: cheap guitar needs work. Fix it or replace it? Hi - After many years of wishing I could just magically be able to do it, I've finally decided it's time to learn to play guitar. ...
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How should I tune a 12 string acoustic guitar?

I've bought an Ibanez 12 string acoustic brand new online. Do I tune the 12 string guitar like all the 6 string guitars I have.
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How to take care of a microphone?

Does a microphone (the transistor and electronics inside it) last forever? Is there any chance for it to get broken from normal? How can I treat them right, so they will last longer? I'm talking ...