Flügelhorn Repair


Flugel Horn Care and Maintenance Tips

  1. Oil your valves every time you play, or at least three times per week. Unscrew the top valve cap from the valve casing, and pull the valve out in a straight line. Apply valve oil, coating the entire valve. We recommend a good quality oil like AlCass. Do not oil your valves from the bottom caps.

  2. Slide grease keeps slides airtight and maintains smooth movement. We recommend a good quality grease like Schilke slide grease. Moving and greasing all slides once a month will help prevent slides and caps from sticking.

  3. Valve casings and tuning slide receivers can be cleaned more thoroughly by using a trumpet cleaning rod. Insert a soft cotton cloth through the slot at the end of the cleaning rod. Wrap the cloth around the rod several times so no metal is showing. Work the cloth back and forth through the valve casings until the cloth comes out clean. Be careful not to make it too tight or it will become stuck!

  4. To clean the tuning slide receivers, take a clean cloth and insert into the slot of the cleaning rod. Be careful not to make the cloth too big or it will tear when you try to clean the receivers. Work the cloth back and forth in receivers several times until it comes out clean.

General Care and Maintenance Tips

  1. You can wash the mouthpiece with warm, soapy water, making sure you dry the inside thoroughly. The mouthpiece should not have any dents in the end of the shank. If the mouthpiece gets stuck, do not attempt to remove it as this may cause damage to the horn. At Ward-Brodt Music we pull mouthpieces for free!

  2. Wipe down the exterior of all brass instruments with a non-treated cloth to remove fingerprints and residue (you can use a silver polishing cloth for silver instruments).

  3. It is recommended that all brass instruments be taken to a professional repair technician at least once a year for general maintenance and professional cleaning. Doing so may prevent costly repairs in the future. Regular maintenance and professional chemical cleaning will also help prevent "red rot", a form of corrosion that eats through brass.

  4. Broken solder joints should not be ignored. Have a qualified repair technician check out your instrument as soon as possible.

  5. Never leave a brass instrument in a hot car or in your trunk. Extreme temperatures can damage your horn.

Maintenance and Replacement Plan

Your musical instrument is an investment worth protecting!

A well maintained instrument encourages beginners to practice more and allows experienced players to achieve the freedom and artistry they desire!

With the purchase of a musical instrument you have made a valuable investment you will want to protect. Our Comprehensive Maintenance Agreement offers you the opportunity to maintain your instrument in the most cost effective way possible. Over the years Ward-Brodt technicians have identified the maintenance and repairs most often required and with our plan all of these standard procedures are completely covered under one annual fee.

Instruments must be examined and approved by our technicians prior to coverage. New or used instruments purchased from Ward-Brodt are automatically eligible within seven days of purchase. Please note that Ward-Brodt reserves the right to refuse coverage on any instrument.


Flugel Horn, Alto Horn, and Mellephone Repair Pricing

Lacquered Flugel, Alto, and Mellephone Horns  (Brass Color)

Service Details Estimate of Price
Chem Flush Cleaning Your instrument will be cleaned and flushed by hand to ensure a thorough cleaning. This process includes disassembly of your instrument, thorough cleaning of the inside and outside, installation of new corks, felts, and springs as needed, plus the cleaning of slides and valves.  Minor dent work is also included.  A final inspection, play test and wipe down will ensure play-ability of your horn. $75.00
Valve Repairs Includes removal of dents in the valve casing and piston, the straightening of any bent piston, lapping of the piston and/or casing, and a thorough cleaning of the casing and valve to ensure smooth valve motion. A final inspection, play test and wipe down will ensure play-ability of your horn. $48.00 ea. for Pistons
$60.00 ea. for Rotors
Freeing Slides The slides are essential for daily maintenance as well as tuning of the instrument. For stuck or frozen slides when a chem flush is not needed or recommended. This includes removing all slides from the instrument, dregreasing, a thorough cleaning, and lubrication of all slides. A final inspection, play test and wipe down will ensure play-ability of your horn. $45.00
Water Key Corks Replacing all water key corks on the horn. $21.00
Water Key Fixing or replacing of water key mechanism plus cork for horn. $35.00
Mouthpiece Pull Horn's where mouthpiece pulls with standard mouthpiece puller. Less than 10 min. No Charge
Mouthpiece Pull Horn's where mouthpiece does not pop, and leadpipe needs to be heated or dipped. 15 min.+ $20.00
Lacquer Strip and Scratch Brush Finish We will first strip the horn of all current lacquer, chemically clean the instrument, the scratch brush the finish for a consistent look. For an additional charge we can apply a thin coat of air brush lacquer. A final adjustment, play test and wipe down will ensure play-ability of your horn. $130.00
Consult with technician required.
Other Work Any other specific work or issues not limited to soldering, fixing or replacing broken parts, removing dents, replacement parts, instrument modifications, finish work, buffing, or other cosmetic issues, are handled by estimate only. Please notate what work is requested and we will contact you with an estimate. Estimate Only
Ward-Brodt Music offers FREE ESTIMATES on all instrument repairs. It's important to note that every instrument and repair situation is different. The prices listed above are estimates only and your repair may need more or less work than is listed. Our staff will always contact you if a price is going to exceed the estimate before doing any work. Prices are subject to change at anytime without notice.

Silver Flugel, Alto, and Mellephone Horns

Service Details Estimate of Price
Chem Flush Cleaning Your instrument will be cleaned and flushed by hand to ensure a thorough cleaning. This process includes disassembly of your instrument, thorough cleaning of the inside and outside, installation of new corks, felts, and springs as needed, plus the cleaning of slides and valves.  Minor dent work is also included.  A final inspection, play test and wipe down will ensure play-ability of your horn. $105.00
Valve Repairs Includes removal of dents in the valve casing and piston, the straightening of any bent piston, lapping of the piston and/or casing, and a thorough cleaning of the casing and valve to ensure smooth valve motion. A final inspection, play test and wipe down will ensure play-ability of your horn. $48.00 ea. for Pistons
$60.00 ea. for Rotors
Freeing Slides The slides are essential for daily maintenance as well as tuning of the instrument. For stuck or frozen slides when a chem flush is not needed or recommended. This includes removing all slides from the instrument, dregreasing, a thorough cleaning, and lubrication of all slides. A final inspection, play test and wipe down will ensure play-ability of your horn. $45.00
Water Key Corks Replacing all water key corks on the horn. $21.00
Water Key Fixing or replacing of water key mechanism plus cork for horn. $35.00
Mouthpiece Pull Horn's where mouthpiece pulls with standard mouthpiece puller. Less than 10 min. No Charge
Mouthpiece Pull Horn's where mouthpiece does not pop, and leadpipe needs to be heated or dipped. 15 min.+ $20.00
Lacquer Strip and Scratch Brush Finish We will first strip the horn of all current lacquer, chemically clean the instrument, the scratch brush the finish for a consistent look. For an additional charge we can apply a thin coat of air brush lacquer. A final adjustment, play test and wipe down will ensure play-ability of your horn. $165.00
Consult with technician required.
Other Work Any other specific work or issues not limited to soldering, fixing or replacing broken parts, removing dents, replacement parts, instrument modifications, finish work, buffing, or other cosmetic issues, are handled by estimate only. Please notate what work is requested and we will contact you with an estimate. Estimate Only
Ward-Brodt Music offers FREE ESTIMATES on all instrument repairs. It's important to note that every instrument and repair situation is different. The prices listed above are estimates only and your repair may need more or less work than is listed. Our staff will always contact you if a price is going to exceed the estimate before doing any work. Prices are subject to change at anytime without notice.

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