This tuba had a broken valve stem. While it is possible to repair the original, a better, stronger repair is to replace it. The lathe allowed me to make a spot on accurate replacement.
Sean Mason Music LLC is always willing to help a fellow trumpet player in need. Sean's friend and fellow trumpet player recently suffered a house fire. I was happy to be able to give him back is Benge trumpet that had it's case burn around it.
Here's a pro tip: If your slides have dust clouds coming off of them, it's time to bring it in for a professional cleaning.
Keep your instrument properly lubricated, it will change the way your horn plays.
Here is a little video on the tools of the trade I use to check and level clarinet pads.
For my first Repair blog post, I'd like to discuss trombone slides, and when you should get yours serviced.