We all know being a musician is hard and many times, extremely costly. The cost of maintaining you instrument or sound equipment can take a toll on your bank account. Here are 10 awesome resources to help you do-it-yourself when it comes to fixing the tools of your trade.
1. Always Check For Warranty First
Before you tackle fixing your own equipment, check to see if it is under warranty. If it is, try a site like www.prosound.com. They are the Manufacturers’ Warranty Center for over 200 brands of musical and audio electronics. You want to be sure you find a place that not only will honor your warranty, but has a good reputation. Remember, these are the tools of your trade so do your homework.
This site is geared specifically towards Clarinets and has a wonderful page on how to fix problems with them yourself. It also has a check list for a do-it-yourself Clarinet first aid kit. Some of the problems it tackles are:
- Your instrument squeaks, tones just won’t play – find air leaks
- Keys don’t work due to shaky screws tighten or fix them
- Increase the spring power or replace a spring
- Re-bend keys
- Fix a pad or adjust a pad
- Cork on keys – replace or resize
- Slack tenons – get them tight
- Cork on joints worn out or damaged – replace the cork
- What do you do with a broken key?
- What do you do with a crack in the wood?
- How do you diagnose problems with your mouth piece?
- What to do when the wiper is stuck?
This site is just awesome. It has notes on the troubleshooting and repair of audio equipment and other miscellaneous stuff. It covers speakers, analog panel meters, amplifiers etc. It does not cover instruments but is quite useful for actual sound equipment. The fun part is it shows you how to fix vintage walkman’s and boomboxes.
4. Check the User Manual For Helpful Information
Many times the user manual that came with the product will contain helpful information that can be used in troubleshooting and repairing your equipment. But what happens if you can’t find it? There is an excellent site on the web called manualsdir.com that holds a directory containing more than 500 000 files of instruction manuals and user guides. It is a great resource and they are constantly adding new guides each day.
5. Check DoItYourSelf.com
DoItYourself has been around since 1995. The site provides consumers with unbiased home improvement and repair information in a community environment. They specialize in comprehensive how-to content, engaging features and interviews, and expertly moderated community forums,
So there you have it. But remember, when repairing any type of electronics there is always a risk of electrocution so it is important to follow all safety precautions.