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Repairs & Modifications

Notes on all sorts of horn equipment problems and fixing them

How to fix the corks on your mutes

One question I am asked about fairly often is about fixing mute corks. The worst offenders are some recent mutes with "peel and stick"...

Let’s talk about … rotor bumpers

Back in the day we called them “corks” because they were always natural cork (and fell apart pretty regularly), but today “bumpers” seems to...

On Tweaking the Thumb Valve Position

As noted in a very recent article, I have several horns I can and do use regularly. One common adjustment made on horns is...

Resetting a Triple to Stand in F

I did not report it here in Horn Matters but last year we were pleased to welcome a triple horn into the horn inventory...

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...

On Slide Inserts

One topic that comes up occasionally talking to other hornists is that of slide inserts on the horn. Slide inserts are made from cut off...

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...

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...