Questions tagged [maintenance]

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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 rust from 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 ...
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1 of 4 power tubes went bad; buy a matching quartet or replace the one?

I have a Peavey Windsor running Ruby EL34B-STR's. One of the power tubes went bad. I can order another Ruby EL34BSTR and re-bias the amp (idk if it has a bias for each tube or not) and I assume it'...
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When to level/replace frets on an electric guitar?

When is it necessary to level frets on an electric guitar? What are signs that frets need leveling? What are signs that frets need to be replaced?
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Should my fret be buzzing on my recently bought guitar?

I bought a Cordoba F7 Paco classical guitar last week and a few of the frets were slightly buzzing on the D string frets. After the tech setup my guitar, he said it's because of my form/technique and ...
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Using coconut oil for electric guitar fretboard?

I have an ESP Ltd H-101 fm and the fretboard seems to be drying (maybe?) Can I use coconut oil on the fretboard instead of lemon oil or other oils specifically used on fretboards? Also what are the ...
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Noise coming from dunlop gcb95 original crybaby

I'm using a dunlop gcb95 original crybaby. It's powered by a zoom ad16 9v adapter. The problem is, there's no noise if I use any clean preset in my fender mustang II amp, but using metal 2000 or any ...
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What to look when buying left-handed guitar strung by a right-handed player?

The title seems to loong, I can't make it simple. Anyone may fix it. Alright, I can't explain my question in the title, but here's what happen: I wanna get myself a Stratocaster guitar, I am a ...
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In general, how do I maintain a slide whistle?

I asked about lubrication. Now I'm wondering how in general I should maintain my slide whistle. This is my first non-percussion instrument. Maintaining a percussion instrument amounts to hitting it ...
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How do I lubricate a slide whistle?

I got a slide whistle for my birthday. I notice that it seems to stick a lot. When I try playing it, it is always hitting my teeth and I can't really practice. This is my first non-percussion ...
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It's really hard to press my acoustic guitar strings and I can't figure out why

I recently bought a Seagull entourage rustic, after trying it out in a store. It was really easy to play. The one I ordered (2nd hand), however, is really hard to play. I can't play a barre F chord in ...
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Is it safe to take a metronome apart?

My metronome started to make unpleasant squeaky noises when I wind up its spring. It's still working perfectly - this doesn't hurt the actual timing of the clicks. But the squeaking is really annoying,...
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how to change strings on a jixing acoustic guitar?

There are no tutorial online for changing such strings.Are those small parts at end of string detachable
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Should I remove electric guitar cord daily after practice?

A friend of mine suggested that I leave the cord plugged into the guitar. Removing and inserting the cord daily for practice may damage it and reduce its life. Is it okay that I leave my guitar ...
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Flowers on a Piano

We just moved a baby grand into our new house. It's the Kawai I grew up with as a child. Very excited! My wife was excited too. It looked like a great surface to provide a little decoration on. ...
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Floyd Rose spring setup

This is a pretty basic question, but I'm struggling to find a concrete answer. I have this tremolo springs setup: However, I have seen many different setups like this one: What is the advantage of ...
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Should tabla drum produce any buzzing?

Earlier today I was trying out two tabla drum sets in a music shop and I noticed that both sets they had were producing a buzzing sound while being played. I am no tabla player but I have been playing ...
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Is it a good idea to leave my guitar tuned over night?

I have an acoustic guitar and I always leave it tuned over night until someone told me that it ruins the strings and the neck of the guitar. Is that true and should I leave it tuned overnight?
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Stretching Strings: Safe technique [duplicate]

So, I've been told that stretching guitar strings shortly after fitting them is a useful technique for keeping them in tune for longer. I've recently started doing this after some advice online to do ...
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Is it okay to stand on drumkit's kick?

I've seen in a few live concert, where people, especially the frontman, stand on the drumkit. Is it okay to stand there? Will the kick be broken? I'm specifically thinking of having a mic in front ...
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Is it worth putting my classical guitar in for maintenance

I have a 3 year old classical guitar that I bought for around $500. It has a truss rod, so I was just wondering: is it worth putting in for a basic setup? Can anyone tell me if guitar repairers do ...
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How should I store my bow if I'm not using it for long periods of time?

I have a bow that I don't use over long periods of time (over 6 months, at times). I generally release its tension, and just leave it out in the open. I recently wondered if this is enough, or if I ...
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Restringing guitar – is it safe to remove all strings at once? [duplicate]

Considering the present truss rod adjustment is good (Vintage Gibson SG with very old strings), is it generally acceptable to remove all the strings before restringing? It's just so much easier to ...
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Longevity of electronic pianos

It seems to me that an acoustic piano is something that (with suitable care and maintenance) should last for generations. If anything breaks, it can be repaired. With electronic pianos, I can ...
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Microphone stand locking knob failed - how to fix?

A common problem, the locking knob on my microphone stand no longer tightens. Taking it apart, a small metal 'collar' seems to have had the thread partially stripped. It's a tiny part but I've no idea ...
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How can I lower a plastic acoustic guitar saddle?

I got an acoustic steel-string guitar, the nut's height is perfect. Now I want to lower my saddle. It's made of plastic – a bone synthetic for making sure – which I think it's a bit hard to get it ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...