MM_Wagner Brass

by David Fedderly and Sally Wagner


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Brass Instruments: Purchasing, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and More

By David Fedderly and Sally Wagner. ISBN 978-1-57463-149-4, $14.95

What instruments brands provide the best value? Are used instruments a good investment? What mouthpiece should beginners use? Single or double horn? Is there a way to make it easier for beginners to play the tuba? Why are certain valve combinations always out of tune? When is it time to move to an F attachment trombone? What’s the difference between compensating and non-compensating—isn’t that what the 4th valve does? What’s this I hear about trombone lung? These and countless other questions about purchasing, maintaining, troubleshooting, repairing and storing brass instruments are answered in this comprehensive yet concise handbook.

Topics include:

  • Purchasing – brands to consider and prices to expect
  • Maintenance – lubrication, cleaning and maintaining brass in top condition
  • Troubleshooting – quick repairs, what to look for and preventive measures
  • Repair – what can be done with a few tools and what REALLY needs a brass repairman
  • Storage – how to protect your instrument and your investment
  • Tuning – tendencies and solutions for ALL valved brass
  • Mouthpieces – a good place to start and what comes next
  • Mutes –shapes, types and pitch tendencies
  • Building a brass tool kit—what to include

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