National Brass and Woodwind Instrument Manufacturer Uses Flexible Hones to Clean and Repair Brass Instruments

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Oberloh Woodwind and Brass Works uses flexible hone on trombones, trumpets, flutes, tubas, French horns and other brass instruments

Oberloh Woodwind and Brass Works of Seattle Washington is now utilizing the Flex-Hone® Tool from Brush Research Manufacturing in the repair, maintenance and manufacturing of woodwind and brass musical instruments, including trombones, trumpets, flutes, tubas and French horns. The flexible hone can be applied to any brass instrument with valves or slides.

Oberloh Woodwind and Brass Works is known nationally for its repair and rebuild of brass and woodwind instruments. They have the largest machine shop for instrument repair in the Pacific Northwest, allowing them to rebuild instruments that have been damaged beyond hope.

A typical repair job often starts with the cleaning and refinishing of the instrument. To do this, technicians often use the Flex-Hone® Tool.

The Flex-Hone Tool from Brush Research Manufacturing is a resilient, flexible hone with a soft cutting action. The abrasive globules are bonded to the ends of flexible nylon filaments. Each has independent suspension that assures the cylinder hone to be self-centering, self-aligning to the bore and self-compensating for wear.

The Flex-Hone® can be used in any rotating spindle, including hand drills making it an ideal tool for secondary finishing, custom field finishing and even DIY applications.

On a typical repair job, after the instrument is dismantled and before any dent work is done, the parts must be cleaned. The flexible hone process ensures that any rough materials such as lime, scale or general corrosion are removed.

This also allows the technicians at Oberloh Woodwind and Brass Works to avoid embedding any internal tube debris into the soft brass during the dent removal process. Debris can cause obvious problems with the slide action.

Oberloh Woodwinds and Brass Works believes in the process so much that they have a specially designed honing fluid machine that floods the tube with a special oil formulated for the honing procedure. This machine filters the oil and re-circulates it back to the work being processed.

While it is not necessary to go to these lengths to use a honing tool, it is another example of how successful the process is to Oberloh Woodwinds and Brass Works.

With the flexible hone, the company benefits from straightforward, trouble free work while offering its customers a higher quality finished product that is done at a faster and more reasonable cost.

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