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Order of valves in a trumpet

Take all the valves out. Then place one of the valves in the third valve casing. Turn it until the valve guide "clicks" then blow (gently!) into the horn. If air goes through, then depress ...
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Order of valves in a trumpet

I would first try to align the holes in the valve body with the tubes entering the valve housing. If I recall correctly I've done this successfully with piston valves in the past, but it would have ...
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Keeping a flute looking good

In addition to @PiedPiper's recommendations, you should store your flute in its case together with an anti-tarnish strip, which should be changed out every 6 months. Don't use lacquer or silver polish!...
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Keeping a flute looking good

Silver will tarnish with time. About the only way to delay a silver instrument tarnishing is to dry any surface moisture and put it away in its case immediately after use. An instrument left out for a ...
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Is it possible to "add" a rotary fifth valve to a 4-valved tuba?

Yes, it can be done. But it is quite unusual. An instrument builder can change your instrument basically any way you wish to. It includes loosening the solders between different tube parts, purchasing ...
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What should I look for in the written estimate provided by the technician for musical instrument servicing?

In the absence of knowing even what kind of instrument this is, I can only be just so specific. @PiedPiper has a good answer for things to look for on the estimate. Beyond that, your best bet is to ...
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What should I look for in the written estimate provided by the technician for musical instrument servicing?

An estimate for any kind of handwork, not just musical, needs to contain several things: a complete listing of exactly what the technician intends to do an estimate of the necessary time the hourly ...
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What can I do to address valves getting stuck on a trumpet?

This has happened to me before due to a tiny dent in the valve casing. Take the valves out and see if you can see any dents. I think you can get a tool to fix it but you might need to pay someone to ...
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Order of valves in a trumpet

The simplest way is to address the second (middle) valve first. Take off the short tube attached to the trumpet (the one which lowers the pitch by one semitone), so you can see the holes in each of ...
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