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Posted: April.15.06 at 11:52pm | IP Logged Quote mogsta

Hi friends,

For those that have already read my previous post, you'll know I'm new to repair and currently untrained. Stumbling across this website is the best thing that has happened in my last 6 to 8 months of research.

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Before I can get too deep in learning repair, I obviously need to accumulate some tools. I plan on starting out small and branching out into new areas as I progress. So I'm looking at practicing re-corking, re-padding, minor dent removal, chemical cleaning etc.

Can I ask you all... if you had to start out fresh, with no tools and limited finances, which tools would you get first - in order of priority?

I'm not quite ready to buy every tool in the Ferree's catalogue, as I am guessing most of these are luxury items.

Making my own tools is definitely an option too, at least for simple tools such as displayed by Neal in his streaming videos (swedging tool + thread chaser). I've already gone out and bought myself two cheap pliers in preparation for making these.

I look forward to hearing your responses! Thanks.

Brett Phillips
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Posted: April.16.06 at 4:56pm | IP Logged Quote LarryMueller

I just do woodwinds. Besides the usual screwdrivers and pliers
of various generic types, you'll quickly need some spring pliers.
I have 3 different kinds to remove and replace springs, and use
them all. They're about $40 a pop for the cheap ones.

You'll want a set of sax leveling tools pretty soon.
Large flat nose pliers.
Spring hook.
Steel bench block.
A good torch set up for soldering as well as pad leveling.
Pad slicks, but you could probably make up something.

These are a few things off the top of my head.   I believe there is
a list somewhere at the back of the Ferree's cataloque with
recommendations. Your needs will vary by what you expect to
do the most (brass, ww, and other specialties.

Larry
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Posted: April.16.06 at 6:22pm | IP Logged Quote LarryMueller

Add to the above list:

Leak lights, both florescent and the little bulb.
rawhide mallet
flute mandrels, head and body.
flute pad punch for open hole flutes.
flute tenon dies, to shrink or re-round tenons.

These are all things I would need pretty quickly.

Larry
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Posted: April.16.06 at 7:43pm | IP Logged Quote admin

Hi Brett,

A general comment...

If you're serious about repair and know you want to eventually pursue it as a career, don't base your decision on price when you're deciding between different suppliers for an item.  Buying the cheap one usually leads to buying the better one down the road anyway.  For instance, when your getting into key fitting, spring for the good hinge tube shorteners and pivot screw counterbores from Kraus.  Don't try to take the cheap way out by ordering similar tools from other suppliers.  Bigger initial investment but less expensive in the long run, IMO.

My $.02,
Michelle


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Posted: April.17.06 at 8:39pm | IP Logged Quote admin

Good screw drivers are a MUST!!!!  They'll save you lots of headaches with stuck screws. 

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