Handy hints section
This section of the site is devoted to a series
of guides on woodwind repairs, which may help you maintain and preserve
your instruments and carry out simple minor repairs to your sax, flute,
clarinet....or perhaps even your contrabass bassoon.
But why should I give these secrets away? Why should I tell
people how to avoid the repairer? Well, the information is out there in
other places (not all of it from informed sources...) and there's a world
of difference between being able to do the odd maintenance job and the
ability to tweak and hone an instrument so that it gives its best.
So here you can find reliable information based on nothing more nor less
than the techniques I use in my workshop every day. I'll also attempt
to explain why things should be done a certain way and, where necessary,
provide appropriately dire warnings.
Please note; whilst the techniques and methods described in this section
are given in good faith, you should be aware that working on your instrument
carries with it a risk that you may damage it, and in this respect I cannot
be held responsible for any such damage caused. If in doubt, see a repairer.