As any musician will tell you, keeping their instrument clean and in top working order is vital to the integrity of the performance, and for the longevity of the instrument – neglected instruments, or those that are cared for rarely or poorly won’t perform well, and won’t last as long. Here at Ultrasonic Power Corp, we do a lot of business with various musical instrument manufacturing and repair companies, and with school music programs, because they have seen enormous benefits using our technology for their cleaning processes for brass and woodwind instruments. One current example of our involvement in the industry is our participation in the annual Texas Bandmasters Convention, which began yesterday, and ends Wednesday – If you’re here, stop by booth #2101 and say hello! We’d love to talk to you, and to tell you more about our cleaning solutions for your band.
As we mentioned in our previous blog, there are certain safety benefits to using ultrasonics – specifically for instrument cleaning applications, using ultrasonic eliminates the need to use harsh chemicals in the cleaning process, which has a double benefit: the risk to the repair technician is eliminated, as they no longer have to handle harsh chemicals, and the musician is also no longer at risk of ingesting any leftover chemical dip residue that could potentially reside on instruments after a chemical cleaning process. Additionally, the cleaning time is dramatically reduced – with a chemical cleaning, the process can take more than an hour, but with ultrasonics, a range of about 2-5 minutes is standard.
One of our clients, Adam Martinez, was particularly happy with his purchase. Adam is the manager at High School Music Service in San Antonio, a local music store and repair/restoration center for local musicians and schools. He recently purchased a 90 gallon unit from us, and hasn’t looked back. His previous cleaning process, which included degreasing, a chemical dip, and a final manual brushing, has been totally reorganized: The chemical dip, which had a tendency to damage the lacquer finish on some instruments has been eliminated. The degreasing is no longer necessary. The need for manual brushing has been eliminated. In short, his cleaning time has been cut in half, and he no longer has to spend money on the chemical cleaners, or worry about regulations for their disposal.
As a general rule, ultrasonic cleaning is safe and effective for all types of brass, nickel, and other metal instruments. Repair technicians will know the details of other instruments or parts of instruments that can also be cleaned with ultrasonics – things like clarinet keys, and other woodwinds. Individual instruments will have different levels of disrepair, or other anomalies that technicians will be able to ascertain.
Taking care of musical instruments is important, and we’re glad we can offer a great solution to our customers. If you’re curious to find out more, our website has a lot of good information, and feel free to contact us via phone, email, or social media to talk specifics with our experts. We hope to hear from you!