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Online Clinic - Brass Instrument Valve Casing Thread Repair Techniques
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When: 07/21/2020
2:00 pm (Central Time)
Where: NAPBIRT - Online Clinic
United States
Presenter: John Huth, Greg Beckwith, John Maddox
Contact: Bill Mathews

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Brass Instrument Valve Casing Thread Repair Techniques
John Huth, Greg Beckwith, John Maddox

Using the bottom casing threads on a trumpet as the focus this video presentation, with question/answer period following, will address common thread repairs including correcting for out-of-round threads and damaged threads where the valve cap cannot start. We will show how to maximize the effectiveness of the Ferree's Thread Repair Mandrel and the Allied Thread Chaser. We'll will also broach casing thread grafts.

John Huth, Greg Beckwith, and John Maddox will be available following the video presentation to answer your questions and follow up on any of the demonstrated techniques.
John Huth is an instructor in the Band Instrument Repair program at Red Wing (Minnesota State College Southeast) along with John Maddox and Greg Beckwith. For NAPBIRT he has presented a number of traditional and hands-on clinics regionally, nationally and through NAPBIRT University. He has also written many articles for TechniCom and produced videos for the website.

Greg Beckwith is a graduate of the Red Wing band instrument repair program at MN State College SE. He has been teaching at Red Wing since 2003. He has presented clinics and written articles for NAPBIRT. In addition, he has been a clinician for the International Horn Society, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and Minnesota Music Educators Association. Greg maintains a part time repair business at his home for area brass musicians and is also a part time professional horn player performing with various ensembles in Minnesota.

John Maddox holds his bachelor's degree in Trombone Performance from the University of South Florida. He then graduated from the Band Instrument Repair program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing in May 2012. John first worked for Fix This! Musical Instrument Repair in Chicago as a woodwind technician, repairing all saxophones, clarinets, and some overflow of brass. In 2013, John returned to the Twin Cities to open his own repair shop, Mad Dog Brass and Woodwind Repair, specializing in customizations and pro-level work.

Simultaneously, he divided his time to work at Southdale Instrument Repair where he repaired all flutes and trombones. When the business changed hands (becoming Twin Cities Instrument Repair), John's responsibilities changed to all saxophones, bass clarinets, and trombones. In 2016, he joined the repair staff at Davenport Repair within Schmitt Music.

Since 2013, John has served as a substitute instructor in Red Wing and has been an active member of BIR's Advisory Committee, conducting student assessments and recommending improvements to instruction and facilities. Through NAPBIRT, John has presented Regional Clinics on flute shimming techniques and on sourcing tools and supplies on a budget.

He joined the faculty of the MSC Southeast BIR program as a full-time instructor in 2018.

  • Price: $35.00
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Clinic Length: 90 minutes
  • Limited to 100 registrations.
  • Registration deadline is 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (Central Time)
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