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
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
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.
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 happy Brandon Young after an Ultrasonic Cleaning with Regulation
John Waters with his Ultrasonic cleaned Bach Strad, plays & sounds great!
Al Giosi brought in his Bach & Benje for Ultrasonic Cleaning
Joey Z- trumpet with That's 70's Band
A regular client for 10 years.
John Stefan with his Bach Strad, he brought in 4 horns for Ultrasonic cleaning!
Lou Denaro's old Conn 8D
A nice old 8D cleaned out & ready for re-assembly
French Horn Ultrasonic Cleaning
Holton H179 rotors before Ultrasonic
Holton H179 rotors after Ultrasonic cleaning
Dirty Tuba rotors
Tuba rotors after Ultrasonic cleaning
Dirty French Horn rotors before Ultrasonic cleaning
French Horn rotors after Ultrasonic cleaning
"During the past 40 years I can count on one hand the number of professional brass repair technicians I've entrusted my own horns to: 1 in NYC, 1 in New Mexico (formerly in L.A.), 1 in Virginia and, 1 in Boston. And then, there's Long Island's very own, Buddy Merriam. Don't forget to add Buddy Merriam to your list! Buddy embodies everything you look for in a professional repair technician: years of experience, master skills, meticulous attention to detail, fair prices and, above all else: he's one heck of a nice guy! P.S. He's an incredibly awesome mandolin player, too! Buddy is just amazing!”
Thomas Gellert- Music Educator
Louis Denaro with his nice old 8D after ultrasonic.