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According to references [Groves dictionary of musical instruments I think] the number of instruments in the percussion family exceed six hundred. In reality most of the instruments will be closely related and very rare. Furthermore the standard orchestral range of instruments is smaller still. Even so, I work on a broad variety of instruments, and yet I am still asked if I repair guitars or whatever. My brain can hardly cope with all the knowledge associated with my own specialism without taking on other sections of instruments, I will leave those instruments for those instrument makers!

So to demonstrate the diversity of what I do do [hehe], below are all the posts I have written, in chronological, order starting with the two latest (which are featured on the home page) and going backwards into the depths of time.

…The Anatomy of a Kettle Drum

“OH NO! The thingymajig has broken!”
No, no, no. Not any more, now you can look at the diagram and find out what it is called. If it isn’t on the list, I will know what you are talking about from the general location. Parts numbers just confuse the issue because every manufacturer has their own system.

Deagan Aurora Overhaul (part 1) (Job No: 1256)

Deagan vibraphones are my favourite, they have such a nice sound, and are really well made. This Aurora is played every day, admittedly it is too heavy to regularly gig like the it used to be (the player now has several vibes for that role) so it stays set up in the player’s home. Even so, it has seen a lot of use and now it is in need of some attention.
In this post I look in detail at the damping system.

Calfskin Bass Drum (Job No: 1267)

When bass drums are left in low tension, the hygroscopic nature of calfskin results in the head shrinking making the head tighter and raising the pitch. The next time is is played, the head is slackened further and the process repeats. This job demonstrates the end result and what I had to do to make the drum usable again.

Military Snare Drum Hoop (Job No: 1234)

A simple little job of repairing and repainting counter hoops off a military snare drum. In reality it is the type of job that takes time.

Premier 701 Vibraphone (part 1) (Job No: 1260)

Sometimes a monster enters my workshop. A true beast in every way, this vibe has been through several hands, and the catalogue of errors is just incredible. All I have to do is replace the damper bar…

Premier Series 1 timps (part 2) (Job No: 1228)

As usual with these old timps, over the years they have accrued many little problems, a multitude of missing parts and a good deal of damage. The list is too long (and boring) to go through each item, so I have picked out the worst – I couldn’t believe my eyes, the term cowboy springs to mind!