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Regional Clinic - Winneconne, WI
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Regional Clinic - Winneconne, WI

When: 08/01/2020
8:00 AM
Where: Brian Russell's Shop
6768 Frontier Rd
Winneconne, Wisconsin  54986
United States
Contact: Brian Russell

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NOTE: This clinic is HANDS-ON and is limited to 3 registrations.

*** This course is SOLD OUT ***

Clinic & Clinician

Flute Tone Hole Repair
Brian Russell

This is a hands-on clinic in which the participants will be guided through the process of replacing the rim of a drawn/rolled flute tone hole. Every effort will be made to provide adequate instruction for the participants to be able to confidently perform this procedure at the end of the day. The result is a permanent repair that is mechanically, aesthetically, and acoustically sound.

In the process the old rim is removed, a new rim is formed from Sterling Silver sheet (spun on a metal lathe), soldered in place, and dressed to finish. The tools and supplies are not terribly expensive, and the process does not present great difficulty.

Participants are expected to be able to measure accurately, to safely operate a metal lathe, (turning a short mandrel to size), to work with hand tools, and to be able to solder cleanly. Personal Protective Equipment is required. Space is extremely limited.

In addition to the instruction, each participant will receive supplies and tools unique to this procedure, including sterling silver discs, hand turning tool, 60-degree cutter, tone hole burnisher and mandrel. These are covered in the materials fee.

Tooling Requirements

You will need to bring:
  • Personal protective Equipment (Safety Glasses, Apron, Closed Shoes)
  • Caliper
  • Scraper
  • Magnifier

In the March/April 2016 issue of the TechniCom, Brian Russell submitted an article on how to repair a flute tone hole. (Click here to view a copy of this article.)

Clinic Fee:   $95.00
Materials Fee:   $75.00
Total:   $170.00

Brian Russell is a 1988 Graduate of Allied's repair school. He has been a clinician at Regional, National, and NAPBIRT University sessions, and a TechniCom author. His primary occupation has been building Greenhoe custom trombones (2002-2009, and 2017-present). He is a Straubinger-certified flute technician (since 1999) and continues to repair woodwinds and make repair tools from his home shop.


Saturday:   August 1, 2020

Clinic will start at 8:00 am and is scheduled to end around 5:00 pm.


Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
       (We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
  • NAPBIRT Members, make sure you are logged into the system. Otherwise, you will end up re-typing a lot of information that would automatically be inserted into the registration form.

By registering for this event, I give my permission for NAPBIRT, Inc. to use, without limitation or obligations, photographs, film footage, or tape recordings which may include my image or voice for the purpose of promoting or interpreting NAPBIRT programs and services.

I waive all claims for damage and/or loss to my person or property which may be caused by an act, or failure to act of NAPBIRT, it's officers, directors, agents, or employees and the hosts and clinicians. I understand that there are inherent dangers in working with tools and repairing instruments and I assume the risk of all dangerous conditions in and about such clinics and waive any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions.

Clinic Etiquette:
Hand held audio recorders and still cameras are permitted providing that you do not disrupt the session and you have the permission of the clinician. Video cameras and other similar equipment are not permitted without advance written authorization from NAPBIRT.

Cellular phones and other electronic gadgets must be turned to OFF or SILENT during all scheduled events including tours, meals, and clinics.

Our goal is the free exchange of ideas and techniques. Please remember that the clinicians are your colleagues: feel free to ask questions and participate during clinics. Questions asked during clinics are often very valuable: be respectful of those asking questions, whether they are new technicians or seasoned veterans. We would also ask that you remember that there are different ways to achieve a desired end, and that not all technicians always agree on the same techniques or tools. If you find yourself in a position in which you disagree with the clinician, we would ask that you be respectful to the clinician and your fellow audience members and not be disruptive in the clinic.

*** This course is SOLD OUT ***

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