Photo Gallery

Here are some slideshows showing a few of the projects I've done over the years. Some, like the instrument cleanings, are very common. Others might be once in a lifetime!

Miraphone 186 Tuba Bell Vintage Bach Strad Cleaning a Lewis Double Horn Cleaning Before and After Keyed Bugle Horn Screwbell Conversion Tuba Restoration Bach Thayer Conversion Custom Work

Miraphone 186 Tuba Bell

Here is a recent repair done on an older Miraphone 186 BBb tuba. The instrument had suffered a pretty nasty impact and we were able to get it back looking and playing great!

Vintage Bach Strad

These are some shots of a vintage 100,XXX series Bach Strad Model 37 that another one of our loyal customers brought in to us. It had some serious bell dents and a nice coat of tarnish, but we got it looking great again.

Cleaning a Lewis Double Horn

The 90-gallon ultrasonic cleaner starts the process of thorough cleaning. Then, all instruments - from student models to custom professional instruments - undergo extensive cleaning and polishing by hand.

  • Putting horn in ultrasonic tank

  • Ultrasonic cleaning at work

  • Clean the horn

  • Brass brush valve

  • Scrubbing tubes

  • Blow dry horn

  • Blow dry parts

  • Reassemble valves

  • Making sure valves spin freely

  • Installing new bumpers

  • Checking valve alignment

  • Polishing

  • Removing minor dents

  • Restring valves

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Cleaning Before And After

Here are some parts of an instrument before and after our thorough cleaning process.

  • Valves before

  • Valves after

  • Slides before

  • Slides after

  • Casings before

  • Casings after

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Keyed Bugle

Here is an interesting restoration of a keyed bugle for a client.

  • Keyed Bugle before

  • Keyed Bugle disassembled

  • Keyed Bugle disassembled (another view)

  • Finished Keyed Bugle view 1

  • Finished Keyed Bugle view 2

  • Finished Keyed Bugle view 3

  • Finished Keyed Bugle view 4

  • Finished Keyed Bugle view 5

  • Finished Keyed Bugle view 6

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Horn Screwbell Conversion

This gallery demonstrates a screwbell conversion we did on a Holton 180.

  • Disassembly of horn and prepping bell

  • Bell is prepped and ready to proceed

  • Solder bottom ring to bell before the cut

  • With bell ring now in place, the bell is ready to be cut

  • Bell is cut and ready for next step

  • Top ring ready for solder

  • Top ring is now soldered onto bell throat

  • Rings have now been soldered and buffed for cleanup

  • The rest of the horn is prepped and ready to be re-soldered to the bell

  • Re-soldering braces...

  • More soldering...

  • Screwbell is now complete

  • More completed screwbell

  • Finished product

  • Ready for its new case!!

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Tuba Restoration

Here is a recent restoration of a tuba for a client.

  • Tuba before restoration

  • Detail of damage on bottom bow

  • Damage on bottom bow guard

  • Disassembled tuba

  • Restored tuba - side view

  • Fully restored tuba

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Bach Thayer Conversion

This was a conversion of a straight Bach 42 to include a new Thayer valve assembly.

Other Custom Work

Here are some other examples.

  • Custom thumb saddle for first valve trumpet slide

  • Conversion from left-hand 5th valve to thumb lever on F Tuba: Top view of valve conversion

  • Conversion from left-hand 5th valve to thumb lever on F Tuba: Close-up of thumb valve

  • Conversion from left-hand 5th valve to thumb lever on F Tuba: Custom linkage conversion to thumb valve

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