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Scott Hayden – Brass Technician

Scott Hayden

A sad but happy time for us in the shop this week.

Scott Hayden, our lead brass technician, is retiring after 39 years of service here at Paige’s Music.

When Scott joined me here in 1977 it was just the two of us doing all the repairs. Four shop remodeling’s and two moves later we now have a staff of 23 in the shop. Through all of the changes Scott has been instrumental in development, training, organizing and maintaining the level of repair we believe in, as well as one of the finest brass technicians I know.

We wish him well in this new chapter of his life as he and his wife, Mary Lou, get to enjoy their grandkids and traveling at their leisure.

~ Tim Roethler

You can learn more about Scott from his Staff Spotlight that we recorded back in February of this year (2016).

 

Tips on Flute Care

Daily care and maintenance of your instrument is very important to how well your instrument performs. Watch this quick video below for a few, quick tips on caring for your flute.

 

Tips On Trumpet Care

Daily care and maintenance of your instrument is very important to how well your instrument performs. Watch this quick video below for a few, quick tips on caring for your trumpet.

Urban Play by the Buffet Group

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As one of the premier manufacturers of wind instruments, there is a great deal of knowledge and craftsmanship behind the music of the Buffet Group. With all of this expertise, the Buffet Group created the free, fun app: Urban Play.

Urban Play gives the user the opportunity to play along with some of the top musicians including Camille Chapelliere (Clarinet), Regis Moreau (Flute), Al Naniscalco (Saxophone), Fabien Cyprien (Trombone), Michael Rambaud (Trumpet), and many more world class musicians!

All of the playable tracks come in different difficulties and you can start at any point in the track and utilize either just the accompaniment and/or the soloist music track. Another great feature of the app it includes the opportunity for improvisation over a background groove.

Every instrument track is performed by a professional musician so you can not only play along, but have a guide for the musicality and tone to strive for!

Urban Groove is available for iPad and iPhone (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/urban-play/id886668420?mt=8) and Android 4.1 or higher (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buffet_group.UrbanPlay).

Tuning An Instrument With Pegs

Tuning an instrument equipped with pegs instead of tuning machines can be a frustrating task when problems are present.

First of all the strings must be in good condition. Worn or frayed strings cannot be tuned well.

It is essential that the pegs be fitted well, and lightly lubricated if needed. Use peg dope or peg compound when the pegs squeak when turned. No lubrication is preferable to too much. “Peg Drops” is a useful product for a quick, temporary fix to slipping pegs.

When the peg is first turned, it is good to feel and/or hear a click.  This tells us that the peg will stick correctly after tuning.  After the click, the peg should turn smoothly.

 

The peg is fitted on a taper with the thicker end toward the peg head. It is the nature of this tapered peg to push its way out.  The string will quickly unwind if this is allowed to happen.  It is also essential that the pegs be held in while tuning.  If you have to hold the instrument with both hands and push the peg in very hard in order to get them to stick, or if your pegs are constantly slipping, consider taking the instrument to our shop for correction and adjustment.  Firmly holding the pegs in while turning should suffice.

If the string is just a half step or less off, just use the fine tuners.  

Pegs whose string holes are too far to the wrong side of the peg box can and will keep the pegs from being held in.  These pegs must have new string holes drilled in order to function correctly.  This is a delicate process best handled by a luthier/string technician.   

 Paige’s stringed instrument repair shop is here to help you keep your instrument in its best condition.  Play well and enjoy!