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                                                                                                                                               

                                                           Lacquer    Silver

Trumpet/Cornet/Flugelhorn                     125    135

                                         
Trombone bell only                                    50    60

Trombone bell only                                    50    60

Trombone bell & slide                                85    100

Trombone bell (w F attachment)               75    90

Bass Trombone bell (w/ 2 rotors)             135    150

French Horn Single                                    123    150

French Horn Double                                    150   175
Baritone/Euphonium 3 Piston                    125   165

Baritone/Euphonium 4 Piston                    130    175

Compensating Euphonium                        150    185  

Tuba 3 Piston                                              200    250

Tuba 4 Piston                                               200    225

Tuba 4 Rotor                                                250    285

Tuba 4 Piston & 1 Rotor                              250    285

Tuba 5 Rotor                                                250    300  

Sousaphone                                                175    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.

  • "After bringing in my jazz horn and taking into account the difference after Buddy was finished, I brought this horn in to get the ultra sonic cleaning and got the same excellent results. There were things that I could do on my own and there were things that I couldn't, but Buddy did, and I saw the difference. He services your horn with care and detail leaving you the impression of the integrity he has in his work. Great person to go to! Vernon Gatewood Retired Music Teacher Free Lance Musician
  • John McNally with his nice old 8D, been coming in 2x a year for many years now
  • Joey Z of the That's 70'a Band, 10 year ultrasonic customer
  • "Crazy Henry" with his old King Trombone- long time customer
  • Shawn Jordan with his very nice Monette
  • Buddy, "This is the third year with ultrasonic cleaning from Buddy's Brass, and my horn plays better than new each and every time. Thank you for your care and attention to detail. You have a customer for life." Scott Kubik
  • Buddy, Thank you very much for cleaning my horn. The pictures you supplied are an amazing way to show my students both how clean it is now, and how important it is to have your horn cleaned regularly. All your workmanship looks great and feels better than ever. I will definitely be returning again in the future as well as sending my students to you for their horns! Dan Krueger Walt Whitman High School Marching Band, Director
  • Holton H179 rotors before Ultrasonic
  • Holton H179 rotors after Ultrasonic cleaning
  • A nice old Mt. Vernon Bach after Ultrasonic cleaning ready for reasembly.
  • A Mt. Vernon Bach Strad after Ultrasonic cleaning- nice!
  • A happy Christian Crawford with his Mt. Vernon Strad.
  • 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 Waters with his Ultrasonic cleaned Bach Strad, plays & sounds great!
  • A nice old 8D cleaned out & ready for re-assembly
  • Shawn Jordan's beautiful Monette