If you are in the music industry, whether as a hobbyist or as a professional, you probably have plenty of experience trying to clean musical instruments.
As you know, it’s a lot more fun to play an instrument than it is to clean one! I don’t want to start off this blog on the wrong “note”, but are you aware that many music shops clean instruments such as trumpets, trombones, flutes, and tubas with toxic chemicals?
Thankfully, there is a better way to clean band instruments. Instead of using toxic cleaning chemicals, let me make the case for ultrasonic cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaners are actually much like musical instruments, and are rapidly growing in popularity with cleaning musical parts.
Ultrasonic generators act like a speaker system that blast millions of tiny vacuum bubbles that implode and scrub all the valves, mouthpieces and internal passages in less time than it takes to play “Journey to a Rainbow” by Chuck Mangione. In case you’re not familiar with the famous Jazz piece, it’s about 3 minutes long.
Most pieces of a disassembled instrument can fit perfectly into an ultrasonic cleaning unit. For an experienced musical repair technician, this same cleaning process takes about 15 by manual hand scrubbing. Also, cleaning by hand does not guarantee that all the nooks and crannies within the instrument will be cleaned thoroughly.
With ultrasound you can increase your musical cleaning “tempo” and really give your audience something to cheer about because of the fast turn around time. One of our recent clients, Mike, who cleans instruments professionally, claimed that, “Since going to ultrasound, I can now charge more money because I am providing my clients with a more sophisticated level of service.”
Using ultrasonic technology to clean your instruments just “sounds” a lot better than doing it by hand, doesn’t it? See (and hear) the difference for yourself by clicking on our musical instruments page or read how ultrasonics is helping one music store in Rocklin, CA. see its profits crescendo!