It is difficult to buy cleaning materials for brass instruments in Medan. They can't afford it anyway. Thus, I bring all these materials in myself from Singapore. Somehow, no matter how much polishing fluid I give them, it is never enough. Cleaning the instruments is something everyone takes seriously in Medan - even those in the beginners band.

Take a look for yourself:

We even wash the drums. No, don't ask me how he does it!

Cleaning a trombone can be a complicated business too:





You can't buy second hand brass instruments in Medan either. Nor can you get them repaired. Rather than have some well-meaning but inexperienced machine shop operator try his hand at fixing damaged instruments, I usually bring them back to Singapore with me. However, we have been able to carry out a few simple repairs at the Home. I have bought a soldering iron, a mouthpiece remover and a range of simple equipment for removing stuck slides.

Here are two of the senior band members (Yunus and Erjon) trying their hand at repairing a water key on a tenor (alto) horn:

Strangely, though, repairing the baritone or tuba requires a lot more people!


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