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Dave Weiner is a repair technician in Lutherville, MD, and owns Brass Arts Unlimited, specializing in horn repairs, and sales of instruments and related accessories. Do you have a technical or repair question? Ask Dave!

Ask Dave: Where Should I Go to get a Mouthpiece Re-plated?

A curious reader asks: I have several mouthpieces and rims that need to be re-plated. Should I trust local sources such as jewelers to...

Why you should NEVER try to fix a bent bell flare

It is very easy to crease the large part your bell flare. The rim is very large and exposed in comparison to the rest...

Ask Dave: How Do I Shop for a Reliable Horn Cleaning?

Rachel asks: I am located in Europe and looking for someone to do a routine clean on my horn. What kind of cleaning do you recommend...

Ask Dave: How much will it cost to fix my horn?

It never fails. One week into school I get a call from an over-wrought parent. "My daughter's French horn isn't working. She has class...

Ask Dave: When Should My Daughter Move Up to a Double Horn?

Susie asks: My 5th grade daughter will be playing the French Horn in the orchestra this year. We were wondering what the normal time frame...

The Positive Benefits of Oil Ports

You've seen them in the top bearing plates once the valve caps are removed: tiny holes. They are known as "oil ports" or "oil...

Ask Dave: Why Do My Valves Get Stuck?

I've fielded so many questions recently about stuck valves that is occurred to me that most players do not understand why their valves get...

9 Ways to Prevent ‘Dingers’

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...

How do I KNOW my horn is in good working condition?

You know your horn well - better than anyone, in fact.  If anyone should know that something is wrong with it, you should. And yet... So...

Ask Dave: How Frequently Should I Lubricate My Slides and Valves?

Ed asks: The Hetman site is far from clear in the use/frequency of its oil range. Could you give us some indication of how often...