Brass Wind Instrument Maker

Fabricate or alter brass-wind instrument parts.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $55,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Brass Wind Instrument Makers do?

Fabricates or alters brass-wind instrument parts, and assembles parts into completed instruments, ascertaining fabrication and assembly procedures from standard or customer’s specifications: Reads specifications and makes calculations to determine procedures for fabricating and assembling instrument. Sets up and operates drawbench, bandsaw, and lathe to draw, cut, and machine instrument tubing. Bends tubing around forming blocks by hand. Measures tubing, using rule, to locate position of holes to be drilled for pistons and valve casings. Operates drill press, honing machine, and lapping machine to drill, hone, and lap metal components. Solders piston and valve components, using silver and soft solder. Hammers bell neck around bell-shaped mandrel, and brazes seams with oxyacetylene torch. Operates spinning lathe to shape bell head around mandrel. Assembles parts, such as braces, slides, valves, pistons, and bell head to form completed instrument, using handtools, measuring devices, and soldering iron. Plates assembled instrument with nickel, copper, or silver [PLATER]. May repair brass-wind instruments. May be designated according to instrument or part made as Saxophone Assembler; Valve Maker I.

Should I be a Brass Wind Instrument Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Band-Instrument Maker, Base Brander, Blind Lacer, Element Burner, Element Setter, Mainspring Winder, Window Caser

    How to Become a
    Brass Wind Instrument Maker

    Brass Wind Instrument Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Brass Wind Instrument Maker-related education!
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