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From the Workshop: Favourite Tools (Ryan)

4th June 2021

In this series of blogs we catch up with some of our Repair Technicians and ask them for 3 of their favourite tools, either traditional models or perhaps something they have modified for their own use! This time it’s Ryan…

1. MusicMedic Parallel Spring Inserting Pliers

These are the first spring inserting pliers that I have used that I get on with. They are parallel which automatically makes them superior to standard spring inserting pliers. The parallelism helps with positioning of the pliers and your accuracy when using them.

Because of the long tapered jaws and smooth finish you are able to get to nearly every pillar that needs a spring without marring the Instrument. You can also use these for removing springs that have been cut short and still have a small section poking out of the pillar.

parallel spring inserting pliers

2. Woodwind Mouthpiece Brush

This small woodwind mouthpiece brush is actually super handy for cleaning out any build-up of detritus inside most of the tone holes on Clarinets, Flutes, and Oboes. It is tapered so reaches the edges of small and larger tone holes equally. And because of the rubber tip, there is no worry that it will damage the bore of the Instrument. A neat and useful tool to have on the bench at all times.

3. Bearing Roller

For a small anvil, I use a roller from a failed industrial bearing. The roller itself is made of some kind of steel. I’m not exactly sure what type, but it is VERY hard. I use this roller primarily for fish-tailing springs.

We stock a wide range of Woodwind & Brass instrument repair tools. If you have any queries or would like advice about selecting the best tool for a repair job please do contact us for further info.