Ring a ding, dinger…
A customer brings a horn in for a cleaning, pulls out the bell, and says, “And can you do something about all these little dents?”
Yes, I can, but so can you.
Customers never know where those pesky little dingers come from. They come from something hitting the bell, of course!
Dos and don’ts
- Do remove your rings or other jewelry that can cause dents.
- Don’t let your mouthpiece or other small objects get loose in the case.
- Don’t hold your mouthpiece in the palm of your hand while holding your horn with the same hand.
- Do be careful inserting or removing your mute. Consider putting a very small bit of stick-on felt on the small end to cushion any hits to the bell flare.
- Do be careful screwing the bell on and off.
- Don’t pull your third slides so quickly that they bang into the bell.
- Do take care when having a third slide water key installed, making sure it won’t interfere with the bell.
- Do take care around others’ instruments and around music stands.
And lastly number 9 – don’t EVER leave your horn unattended, unprotected, or sitting on top of a chair.