Our Pick: Top 5 Brass Bands in the World6th October 2019
Brass bands are the ultimate in uplifting, joyful music. Brass bands are known for filling the streets with amazing music and uplifting the spirits of people passing by. Brass bands have a special place in our hearts and we love the music they make, and how they make us feel.(more…)
Trumpet Mouthpiece Removal – Beware!28th January 2019
This is a common issue we see in the workshop. Trumpet, or indeed any Brass mouthpieces, get stuck in the instrument due to dirt and moisture. Getting stuck is inconvenient but not terminal. There are a couple of removal tools (more on that later) and any good Repairer can do it within moments. However, what’s not a good idea is to try removing it yourself…with brute force!
This is a cautionary tale of what can go wrong and a video showing how we have to fix the aftermath…
Ultimate Guide: What is a Brass Band?23rd January 2019
What is a brass band? Well, in essence, it is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a collection of players of brass instruments who perform pieces of music with their brass instruments. However, the history and complexity of the brass band may surprise you.
REPAIR CAM – Trombone Slide Leg Replacement4th August 2018
A local band recently brought this Trombone in for assessment and repair. Unfortunately they had got a large cleaning cloth stuck down the inside of one of the inner legs. In the process of trying to remove it the slide had become buckled and damaged. The slide damage, coupled with the extremely stuck cloth meant that there was only one remaining solution. We had to order in a replacement inner slide leg and remove the old one.
Brass Players – Valve Oil Guide2nd August 2018
For brass players, especially new ones, one of the most-asked questions regarding accessories is about valve oils and lubrications. It has been a couple of years since the new CLP (Classification Labelling and Packaging) rules were brought in which affected all the regulations around bottling and caused some supply issues with certain brands. So, it is high time we rounded up all of the valve oil that is currently available, examine the top sellers and look forward to a returning old favourite…
Meet The Team – Matt (Brass Dept)
Hi! My name is Matt and I am a Brass Instrument Specialist here at Dawkes Music.
Besson Anniversary Sovereign Euphonium BE967T-2M-08th May 2018
Something a little bit special has arrived on the brass scene, and you’ll want to be quick! Besson turns 180 years old this year and to celebrate, they have very aptly produced a limited edition set of 180 brass instruments. Out of those 180 are 50 euphoniums in a special finish with various unique aesthetic and physical characteristics.
‘Bagpipe Lung’ – Cleaning Care Advice & Gear for Wind Instruments23rd August 2016
Many of you will have seen the recent article and report warning players of so-called ‘bagpipe lung’ infections. So, what’s the truth behind the situation and what can you do to ensure you keep your instrument clean and safe…
Abi in Uganda…supporting Brass for Africa20th February 2014
Abi’s diary inputs from her trip to Uganda to help set-up a repair workshop for the Brass for Africa charity:
Ultra Pure Valve Oil20th July 2012
Endorsed by some really big names; Wynton Marsalis, Alison Balsom, Arturo Sandoval our very own Matt Sanders to name but a few! ULTRA Pure oil is a new type of synthetic oil. It is non-toxic and odourless making it the perfect choice for younger players, there is also no trace of the nasty “taste” some oils leave inside the instrument.
Rare Boosey & Co 4 valve Tenor Horn7th October 2011
This very rare Boosey & Co 4 valve Tenor Horn came into the Brass Workshop this week. It was made around 1920 and has been converted to low pitch. What makes it rare is the fourth valve which could have been added to help with tuning. We didn’t know this model existed!
Yamaha NEO YEP642SII Euphonium13th June 2011
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8dQOup5HIU&feature=relmfu[/youtube]Yamaha Neo Euphonium (YEP-642SII)
“The new standard in Brass Band Instruments” – Yamaha’s tagline for the Neo range of instruments… It rang true for the new neo tenor horn a couple of months ago; it also rings true to this new YEP642SII Neo Euphonium.
At first glance, the new Neo YEP642SII doesn’t seem to have changed much from the Yamaha Maestro. It does boast slightly wider tuning slide bows and a redesigned hand rest, the new emblem is clear on the flawless bright silver plate. It is available in both silver and lacquer and both look exceptionally beautiful, even without the “gold bits” on Yamaha’s Custom range.
ChopSaver Lip Balm – Product Review26th May 2011
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the brass band world, with the run up to the Spring festival and now in the last week before the Masters. We have been rehearsing solidly most nights for the last 3 weeks and along with my personal practice, and an instrument and mouthpiece change, my lips have taken quite a beating.
Secondhand York Euphonium and Schilke S32 Trumpet – 16/4/1116th April 2011
This past week we have received a couple of excellent professional quality instruments into our secondhand stock…
Royal Northern College Of Music – Festival of Brass 20118th February 2011
Dawkes Music were lucky enough to take a trade stand up to Manchester for the Royal Northern College of Music’s Festival of Brass. Being a self-confessed Brass Band “nutter” I volunteered for the job straight away! The weekend consists of plenty of brass band and ensemble concerts and this year, a tuba masterclass with Leslie Neish.
NAMM – Day 2 News…Yamaha Neo Euphonium, Mighty Bright Lights, iPad Holder & More…15th January 2011
So here we are, Day 2 of the NAMM show and this is the Dawkes Music blog on what’s new and interesting from the biggest show on the planet.
Besson and York Brass Special Offers…21st October 2010
Besson Sovereign Offer:
Buying a Besson instrument just got a lot easier…
Yamaha Neo Tenor Horn YAH-803S – New Product15th May 2010
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIE2gIwgqro[/youtube]In a market place that has both a loyal and knowledgeable following any new Brass Band instruments are often poured over and scrutinized for any potential benefits. The new NEO range from Yamaha is launched with the arrival of the much anticipated YAH-803S Tenor Horn. Why Tenor Horn first? Well, you could argue the other manufacturers have somewhat overlooked this instrument and developments and releases haven’t been as common and talked about as Cornet or Euphonium for example. Also Yamaha had a partnership with Sheona White the great soloist and respected figure in the field, why not try and improve this often overlooked instrument.