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Questions tagged [repair]

Questions about restoring an instrument from damage to a playable or like-new condition.

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Where to find a replacement spring for the sustain pedal on my baby grand?

I recently changed houses, and in the move, the movers somehow dropped and lost the return spring for the sustain pedal on my Story & Clark baby grand. Is there a good place I can find one?
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Electric bass suddenly not transmitting any output

I play on a Carvin 5 string bass with active pickups. The other day while I was playing, my sound became suddenly very quiet and heavily distorted, until it eventually faded completely. I initially ...
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Dropped new Martin DCAE

So, first day with the new Martin, decided to tune and take some on line lessons. While tuning the G chord, string snapped, scared the hell out of me and dropped the flippin guitar! Now on the lower ...
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How to keep piano keys from sticking

I have a 1930s era upright piano that I play perhaps three times a week for about an hour at a time. I'm playing very simple bass / chord progressions to woodshed jazz/soul compositions for a dance ...
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Scratches on the Violin

I got my violin from a local music store a year ago, and now I'm noticing scratches on my violin. There are some scratches that are pretty deep. I don't know what caused that to happen. (The wood my ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

What makes it green? Any way to clean this? It looks so much like old Chinese pottery.
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Blown (?) speaker, or swapped poles?

I've just rewired my 4x12 cab to become two 2x12s to accommodate for a new head. One duo of speakers is playing loud and clear, the other side sounds extremely underpowered. One speaker at maybe 60%, ...
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How to fix Sostenuto (Middle) pedal?

my sostenuto pedal is not working properly... When I press it down, the felt gets down so the hammers doesn't hit the string directly but when I release it the felt doesn't rise back completely so the ...
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Self-built reeds for Blues Harp

A reed of my C blues harp went broken and I don't have the opportunity to replace the harp or the reed board until I need it. As a improvised solution, I thought of cutting a reed-shaped piece out of ...
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How do I find the correct bridge to replace one that has worn out?

My guitar (Ibanez AXD71) has a les paul (tune-o-matic) style bridge, and one of the screws used to adjust intonation has come loose from the end of the bridge. Since the screw is no longer fixed to ...
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My saddle support is broken

I have an Ovation, and the wood piece attached to the guitar, where the saddle is sitting, has broken appart. Is there any way to get these things fixed (like getting it out of the guitar top, and ...
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Putting (almost any) pressure on guitar neck warps sound

I have a 15-year old, el cheapo Dean Evo electric guitar that's been sitting in a non-climate-controlled house for about a year. I pulled it out to play and immediately noticed that putting any ...
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Should I buy a new guitar or fix my current one?

I have a 2004 Epiphone G400 Gothic. I bought it used in 2011. The person I bought it from sold it to me with fretbuzz. I haven't minded it so I chose not to repair it. But now that I've been playing ...
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Cremona SV-1220 missing sound post?

I purchased a Cremona SV-1220 violin today at a yard sale. It didn’t have any strings on it. I purchased some at a local guitar shop that had some in stock. I was watching a video on the internet ...
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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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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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Grand piano has one damper malfunction

I am a part time piano technician. While tuning a client s piano I came across one note that sustains even after key is released.i immediately spotted one damper that does not come down firmly on the ...
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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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Small guitar amp only works at certain volume levels

Small Marshall guitar combo amp makes sound only at certain volume levels. On a scale from 1 to 10 on the volume knob, the guitar amp makes sound only at 3,5 and 10. When volume is set to any other ...
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maintain and repair clarinet

i would like to learn how to maintain and repair my clarinet and would like a "dummy" clarinet to practise on. i have a very good Haynes manual to follow but am not confident to do it on the real ...
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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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Repair cracked China cymbal? [duplicate]

My China cymbal cracked a little while ago and I tried to fix it by drilling holes into the ends of the crack to stop it from spreading through the cymbal, however this doesn't seem to have worked and ...
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DX7 BATTERY CHECK = 4.3V instead of 3V even after replacing it with new compatible battery

I bought my Yamanha DX7 with this problem. The INTERNAL MEMORY presets had scrambled named and wouldn't play any sound. Reading the different threads on the web, I figured this was due to the ...
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Fixable? Or decor?

Is it possible to repair this guitar or just a waste of time. Either way I'm going to try. Just wanted opinion from somewhere else.
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Solid cedar acoustic - is damage near sound hole of concern?

I am considering buying a particular solid cedar top acoustic, but it has some damage near the sound hole (Otherwise, I don't think there is any concern I have). Is that too much damage (particularly ...
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Ibanez S7420 ZR2-bridge not flush with body anymore, I can't fix it

I have a Ibanez S7420 7-string with the ZR2 bridge and I think I just majorly screwed it up. The guitar was set up for standard 7-string tuning (BEADGBE) and I set it to A# F A# D# G C D# (tuning up ...
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Bach Stradivarius LT42 restoration

I got a Bach LT42 with quart valve for few Euros, worth about € 1000,-. Now the trombone was built in the 1980s, so its material is brilliant, the sound is really great! The caveat: It’s in quite ...
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How to fix uneven sounding keys?

I have a Casio digital piano and one of the keys sounds louder than the others. Any way to fix this?
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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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What could be the approach for hacking closed Synths/Sequencers? [closed]

Specifically I'd like to write an application that allows pattern and track information to be uploaded to a sequencer via its USB connection. That way If I have something in a DAW I can transfer it to ...
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Replacement Preamp for Yamaha APX 8D

My Yamaha APX 8D's preamplifier is broken. Does anyone know a good replacement? The guitar has a piezo pickup and a microphone. There are potentiometers for volume, treble, bass and a 9V battery ...
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Electric guitar nut sticking

Update I had a bone nut put on by a respected local luthier. That nut is the slipperiest thing since... since slippers, so slippery it's hard to get graphite on it because the pencil slips. Still the ...
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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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one of the saddle's springs on the bridge of my guitar is missing

I picked this cheap guitar up from a pawn shop. As you can see the spring is missing! Will this affect the guitar or its ability to play? If so, How do I fix it?
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Buzzing noise after replacing my output jack

I have a bass with active electronics. My output jack broke and I replaced the jack with the brand output the company recommended. After replacing the jack I get a intermittent buzz/interference noise....
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Upright Piano action problems

So I've been playing the piano for about 13 years now and I've noticed the action of my piano getting worse and worse. There are actually several problems: On some keys the amount of force needed to ...
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Baldwin MCX-88 makes cracking sound

How can I repair my Baldwin MCX-88 that makes a cracking sound when I press any of the keys? The odd part is that the sounds continues even after I left up on the key. Is there anywhere that I can ...
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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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How to tell what is broken with my bass guitar

I have a weird problem with my bass guitar and I wanted to have some sort of background knowledge before I bring it in so I understand what the repairman is saying and/or so I don't get taken. I have ...
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Are the components of an upright piano action rack interchangeable between pianos, or “brand-specific”?

I'm trying to repair an old piano and I've never done this before. I've identified several problems: Bridle strap broken on one key Jack spring missing on two keys Bridle strap too long on one key* ...
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Ridge along the backside of the neck of my bass guitar

Three months ago I purchased a Warwick Pro Series Thumb BO 4 string from my local music store and recently I've discovered a ridge that runs along the grain on the back of the neck. It appears the ...
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Clavinova CVP-107 Keyboard repair

I have a clavinova CVP-107 keyboard that still sounds good but makes a clunky sound after the keys are depressed and returning to regular position. I'm hoping that it may be corrected by replacing ...
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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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electroacoustic guitar sound problem

I am using an electroacoustic guitar. Anytime I start to play, either picking or strumming it gives me a weird sound. It sounds almost like the string keeps vibrating and seem to be hitting the frets. ...
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Broke my volume knob on my Yamaha Pacifica

So I was changing my volume pod on my guitar (Yamaha RGX 121 ZL) and I've so far gotten as far as taking off the volume knob knob thingy. I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was doing, so I ...
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Binding on Guitar Neck Cracking/Peeling/Splitting

I bought a guitar about 6 months ago from a guy in Chicago, getting it shipped all the way to Australia. When it arrived (Epiphone Sheraton II) i noticed that there was somewhat of a crack on the neck ...
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Guitar + tremolo = neck bent

I have put a Lyre vibrola on my 2009 Gibson SG. It went on fine and works a treat. After a while I put it in it's hardshell case and left it for some time, maybe a few months. When I came back the ...
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how much risk is acceptable with damaged classical guitar

I saw a cracked Admira Solista guitar on sale at half price online. I am not an expert so I can't tell how badly damaged it is. Is this level of damage acceptable, and is the price reasonable? Any ...