My Horn Isn’t Pretty, Does That Make It Bad?

We’ve all seen a professional musician playing on a beautiful instrument, one that is most likely way out of our budgets. Sometimes we start to look down on an instrument because it’s not “pretty,” and I think that’s a stigma we should break.

Your horn doesn’t have to be pretty to play well. It’s just a fact. Many of us receive our instruments as hand-me-downs, or maybe the ones we bought used have some finish imperfections and don’t look new or shiny. This is totally okay! Many professional players got famous on instruments that aren’t the best looking, and that’s because it’s about the sound of your instrument. Sure, it’s nice to have your instrument look super sparkly all the time, but not necessary.

I like to bring up the example of Louis Armstrong’s first cornet. It’s currently on display in the museum that was his home growing up, but that horn has a lot of issues, from an aesthetic and a repair standpoint.

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Louis Armstrong’s First Cornet

Obviously there are certain things we must consider; if there is an aesthetic “boo-boo” that disrupts the playing ability/functioning of the instrument, it’s time to take action, but most aesthetic issues don’t affect the instrument in that way.

What I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t be discouraged if your horn doesn’t look awesome. If you enjoy playing it and it sounds good to you, that’s the baseline for what matters. If you’re concerned about the way your horn looks, bring it on in for me to take a look at! We can see if what’s going on has anything to do with structural integrity, or playability. We can discuss aesthetic-improving options. See you soon!

 

Free Repair Quotes

Hey Everyone! It’s Nicole here, your band instrument repair technician.

When it comes to instrument repair and maintenance, there are so many possibilities and pathways. If you didn’t know already, I wanted to inform you of what I think is one of the coolest parts of our repair facility; Free Estimates. Yeah, that’s right. If you drop your instrument off for us to look at, a repair quote is free!! That means you can gain knowledge of the problem, we can help find the best solution for you, and no hard commitments will have been made.

As an instrument owner and once a high school student, I know that money can be tight. That’s why I love that we offer free estimates. By taking your instrument in for an assessment, we can help you get an idea of what’s going on before it gets any worse. Once the quote has been placed, you have many options, and we, here at NCMC, want to figure out which is best for you and your instrument. So, if you feel your instrument needs to be cleaned, simply looking for an evaluation, or are in need of a repair, drop your instrument off and get a free repair estimate with us. We’re here to help, all you have to do is ask. 

 

Learn to Bathe Your Trumpet With Nicole

Hey there everyone!

I’m here to tell you that April 6th, at 11 am, you can join me at the store for an interactive demonstration on how to bathe your trumpet. We will go over how to properly disassemble your trumpet, what the bathing process should look like, and how to put it back together correctly.

Bathing your trumpet is a common and simple maintenance that can be done in your bathroom tub or sink. I hope to see many of you there. Here’s to trumpets!

April Restring Event – NYXL and Nickel Bronze

Attention all acoustic and electric guitar players!! This April, on Saturday, the 20th, we will be hosting a restring event featuring D’Addario’s NYXL and Nickel

NYXL and Nickel Bronze Strings Available

Bronze guitar strings.

So what’s the deal?

On April 20th, bring your 6-string acoustic or electric guitar into the store. When  you buy one pack of the NYXL or Nickel bronze strings, we will restring the guitar FOR FREE (normally a $20 service), and GIVE YOU another pack of the same strings. That’s right–Free restring and a free pack of strings when you buy one pack of D’Addario NYXL or Nickel Bronze strings.

 

NYXL Strings

Made out of a reformulated steel, the NYXL strings will “bend farther, sing louder, and stay in tune better than any string you’ve played before.” They “provide more strength and up to 131% greater tuning stability by utilizing a completely reinvented wire drawing process coupled with a revolutionary ‘fusion twist’ process for the plain steels” (D’Addario Co.). They also provide more high output and a enhanced mid-range frequencies. 

Nickel Bronze Strings

The Nickel Bronze Strings yield a “crisp and clear sound to accentuate the unique tone of your guitar.” They’re perfect for players that are looking for “the depth and projection of light gauge bottom strings, but slightly less tension on the high strings for easy bending” (D’Addario Co.). The strings provide brilliant projection, unrivaled clarity, and heavenly balances and overtones. 

We hope to see you there! One Day Only, While Supplies Last.