Ultrasonic Cleaning

Buddy's Brass Shop now has the ONLY Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine on Long Island!

For the same price as typical hand washing/chem cleaning, you can have your instrument serviced by a professional in a safe and extremely effective way. Hand cleaning is still available upon request but this new technology is by far a superior method and will extend the life of your instrument and add value to your investment. This rare opportunity is finally available to Long Islanders.

Benefits of Ultrasonic Cleaning:
  • Environmentally friendly and safe
  • Eliminates the need for dangerous acids
  • Able to clean interior and exterior surfaces
  • Proven to be better than mechanical and chemical cleaning
  • Removes calcium, lime deposits, spit and other crud

Ultrasonic Cleaning with Regulation:

Disassembly of entire instrument

 All brass instruments are ultrasonically cleaned in my professional 90- gallon ultrasonic cleaning tank (trumpets, trombones, French Horns, Baritone Horns Euphoniums & Tubas)

 Clean, scrub & polish inside of instrument

 Silver instruments & parts have a bright silver dip application to remove any tarnish that is not removed by the ultrasonic cleaning process

 Re-assembly of instrument using new felts/corks/washers to ensure correct valve alignment along with new valve springs and water key springs & corks as needed

 Rotary Valve stop plate corks are checked for alignment & replaced if needed

 Replacement of valve guides are not included & will be replaced at an extra cost (where needed)

 All silver instruments are hand polished

 Oil Valves & grease tuning slides

 Additional charges for stuck slides, dent work & soldering broken braces/ slide tubes.

 Shop labor rate is $85/ hour

Ultrasonic Clean w/ Regulation Price List                                                                                                                                               

                                                        

Trumpet/Cornet/Flugelhorn                     150

                                         
Trombone bell only                                   75

Trombone bell & slide                               125

Trombone bell (w F attachment)              150

Bass Trombone bell (w/ 2 rotors)            160

French Horn Single                                   150

French Horn Double                                  175

Baritone/Euphonium 4 Piston                  175

Compensating Euphonium                       185  

Tuba 3 Piston                                              250

Tuba 4 Piston                                               275

Tuba 4 Rotor                                                300

Tuba 4 Piston & 1 Rotor                              300

Tuba 5 Rotor                                                330 

Sousaphone                                                200

 

ULTRASONIC CLEANING PROCESS

 

The parts will be introduced into the tank and ultrasonically agitated for a pre-determined time. Temperature is maintained by the ultrasonic cleaning action and thermostat controlled heaters.

 

Ultrasonics

Ultrasonic frequency is defined as the frequency of an acoustic wave at a frequency above the audible range for humans. This system operates at a base frequency of 40,000 cycles per second or 40 kilohertz (kHz). Due to the design of the “Vibra-bar” transducer “Simultaneous Multi-Frequency” is produced. This “simultaneous Multi-Frequency” produces an output from 40kHz through 90kHz. As the acoustic waves are induced into a liquid media, it creates alternating high pressure and low pressure fronts to travel through the liquid. The high pressure fronts are referred to as compression and the low pressure fronts as rarefaction. These alternating compression and rarefaction fronts react with microscopic bubbles in the liquid to produce cavitation.

 

The cavitation phenomenon works on microscopic bubbles of entrained air and/or vapor of the liquid. During a rarefaction cycle, the bubble will tend to grow as the internal pressure exceeds the external pressure. During the compression cycle, the bubble will retract due to greater external pressure. Over several cycles, the bubble will undergo alternating cycles, but will have a tendency to increase in dimension until a critical size is attained at which time, during a compression cycle, the bubble will collapse releasing its stored energy. This release of energy produces a high amount of mechanical disruption (scrubbing action) and temperature release localized to the point of implosion. The combination of these factors causes particles to be separated from surfaces and enhanced chemical activity for soil dissolution.

 

Ultrasonic cleaning has been used in industrial and commercial application for over forty years. Its cleaning power is very well documented and in some cases is absolutely essential to the manufacturing of high precision assemblies.

The power of ultrasonics lies not only in its ability to clean, but in its ability to penetrate into areas inaccessible by any other method. Since the power of cavitation is able to go wherever the liquid goes, entire assemblies can be immersed in a bath and all surfaces, both external and internal, blind holes and crevices, will be cleaned simultaneously. This insures proper cleaning of components. Although ultrasonics is an aggressive cleaning technique, it is non-abrasive and can produce extremely clean parts without harm to product surfaces, provided it is utilized at proper times and temperatures.

 

Through the use of ultrasonic cavitation, parts can be cleaned better, faster, and without damage, making it an extremely valuable production tool.

  • A Bach Strad after Ultrasonic before re assembly
  • Joey Z of the That's 70'a Band, 10 year ultrasonic customer
  • Shawn Jordan with his very nice Monette
  • I'm sorry I waited so long to write ti you about the great job you did on my Bach. Besides looking and working better than ever, it plus noticeably better since your Ultrasound cleaning. It plays easier and the response is way better than it was before. Some of my friends who played noticed the difference too. Thanks again Buddy George Berardinelli
  • A happy Christian Crawford with his Mt. Vernon Strad.
  • I wanted to just write and thank you for the work you did on my three horns. My horns feel better than when I bought them and even my old Bach seems to have a little sparkle to it that it never had. Your attention to details on the all fronts is completely appreciated. After playing since 1988 and never having good slides or valves, I just thought my equipment was never as good as the other players. They just had a secret; they had there stuff cleaned and overhauled once in a while where as I had no clue. Anyway, thanks again for making my babies healthy. Job very well done.
  • Very Very pleased withe the cleaning of my horn today! The cleanest lead Pipe i have ever seen. Utrasonic cleaning is amazing no chemicals. Cant risk it on my Miyashiro Yamaha! I will definitely be back again and send more people your way!!!! Thank you Buddy! Kevin McKeon
  • John Stefan's Bach Strad trumpet, old Selmer trumpet & 2 flugelhorns after Ultrasonic
  • A nice old Mt. Vernon Bach after Ultrasonic cleaning ready for reasembly.
  • A Mt. Vernon Bach Strad after Ultrasonic cleaning- nice!
  • Shawn Jordan's Monette Trumpet
  • Shawn Jordan's beautiful Monette
  • Hey Buddy, Just thought I'd thank you again for the ultrasonic cleaning, and fixing my second valve.  The horn sounds and feels great!  Andrew Gugliotta