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Woodwind Instruments: Purchasing, Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and More-BOOK

Composer: West, Charles

Publisher: Meredith Music

Edition: 61487


Woodwind Instruments: Purchasing, Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and More
by Charles West

Why does the low register of any woodwind instrument respond poorly? Where can you purchase good double reeds? What should you do when a woodwind instrument cracks? What options are needed on a school oboe and bassoon? How do you deal with stuck swabs? Why is one particular note sharp or flat? Why is just the upper, middle or lower register flat or sharp? These and countless other questions about purchasing, maintaining, troubleshooting, repairing and storing woodwind instruments are answered in this comprehensive yet concise handbook.

Topics include:

Purchasing - what options you need/don't need, safest to buy
Maintaining - lubrication, water control, tarnish and residue control
Troubleshooting - pitch, response, mechanical, common problems
Repair - cork and pad replacement, emergency “fixes”
Storage - minimizing wood instrument cracks, keeping in adjustment
Tuning - affects of temperature, dynamics, instrument length, reeds
Peculiarities of “harmony” instruments
Understanding reeds - brands, warpage, balance
Mouthpieces - jazz and classical recommendations
Building a woodwind tool kit - what to include