When fixing any old instrument, there are sure to be surprises - both good and bad. I’m hoping that with my very limited shop, and the fact that I am frankly pretty rusty, none of them will be too tough. A stripped or rusted screw, badly damaged tone holes, or broken keys can really be a hassle.
From the start, I knew this horn would require a complete re-pad and, most likely, more. So, the plan is going to be:
- Disassemble the instrument and assess its condition
- Clean and polish the body and keys (and get rid of the musty smell!)
- Get the tools and supplies I need to fix it. After all, I think I have a screwdriver and some contact cement right now.
- Fix it!
- Test it with the original mouthpiece and determine what size reeds will work
- Repair any oversights after having play-tested it
- Play some music!
After my C melody is completed, I plan on learning some of Frank Trumbauer’s music and getting a band together, so say tuned for recital dates!