#WednesdayWisdom: Choosing A Clarinet

By Curt Altarac If you’ve ever endeavored to select a clarinet for yourself, for a student, or for your rental instrument fleet, you’ve surely seen that there are a lot of choices available on the market.  Some of them are so inexpensive it’s hard to believe you can manufacture a musical instrument for that amount, […]

#WednesdayWisdom: Protect & Polish Your Silver!

Did you know that today’s Silver is comprised of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals? It’s those other metals, typically copper, that make sterling silver tarnish. The copper reacts to moisture and sulfur in the air, causing the sterling silver tarnish. Silver tarnishes faster in areas with high humidity and air pollution. By using a […]

#WednesdayWisdom: Let’s Talk About Shellac!

In today’s #WednesdayWisdom we want to focus on shellac. Did you know that we offer three types of Stick Shellac? That’s right, we offer two synthetic shellacs in amber & clear and one natural shellac in light amber. Our Shellac Sticks are the finest available. Many technicians and players feel that a firm shellac which […]

#WednesdayWisdom: Choose Your Own Viscosity

Instrument repair techs know that lubrication can make a huge difference in how an instrument functions and the feel it has for a player.  With this in mind, we developed the Ultimax line of lubricants to be compatible with one another so you can mix-and-match.  Try the following “recipes” for the perfect feel and function, […]

#WednesdayWisdom: The Wilmington Clarinets

In keeping with this week’s #ClarinetFest2019 theme, today’s #WednesdayWisdom gives some insight into the manufacturing process of our Wilmington Clarinets. Do you know why The Wilmington Clarinet 902 Model is manufactured from a composite of hard rubber and Grenadilla wood? The answer is stability. For various reasons, people prefer the sound of a wooden clarinet. […]

MusicMedic Article: The Art of Engraving

by Curt Altarac The art of musical instrument engraving is dying, and fast.  The earliest masters are gone with few young people filling their places, and the world of instrument manufacturing is incrementally replacing hand engraving with machines and lasers. How can something so beautiful and iconic be endangered?  I set out to understand the […]