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Repairs and Modifications

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

Back almost five years ago I posted a brief review of a product called "finger pads." These are sold as an alternate to soldering...

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...

Whether it be a new mouthpiece or leadpipe, upgrading a horn can be a fun and worthwhile investment.  For someone on a budget especially,...

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

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...

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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...

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...

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...