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      Instrument Cleaning, Rentals and Repairs

      The Madison school district works closely with two reputable rental and repair companies, The Music Shop in Boonton,and Elefante Music in New Providence.  Representatives from the stores visit CAS and TJS weekly to drop off and pick up instruments to be repaired, supplies and books ordered. 

      These stores offer a "rent-to-own" option; the money that you pay to rent goes towards the price of purchase.  Please contact them for more details regarding this process.  If you would like to purchase an instrument elsewhere, please contact Mrs. Adkins first.  I can make some good recommendations for you as far as brand, price range and vendors.

      Keeping your instrument CLEAN and in good playing condition:
      To avoid frequent trips to the repair shop, there are several things you can do.  Most importantly, keep the instrument clean, inside and out.   After band rehearsal, lesson, or a home practice session, empty the water (brass), or use a cleaning swab through each part of the instrument (woodwinds).  Also, wipe the outside of the instrument with a cloth gently to remove dirt, dust and fingerprints.  Grease and germs can build up easily and quickly. Cleaning suppplies are available at your local music shop, and can be ordered online or over the phone.

      Secondly, keep the instrument in a cool, dry place.  It should be a safe environment, where younger siblings or other curious members of the household are not tempted to investigate. When not playing the instrument, always keep it in the case.

      Lastly, instruments are fragile.  Be aware of what you are doing with your instrument, how you are holding it, and where it is at all times.  It is your responsibility to keep it clean, safe and playing properly. Sometimes adjustments need to be made to keep the instrument in proper playing condition, but do everything you can to take care of it.  A good instrument will last many years if well-maintained!
      Check out these videos about cleaning instruments:
      Brass instruments:
      Clarinet (includes great tips on making a good sound and producing your first notes!)
      Recommended Local Music Stores and Repair Shops:

      Elefante Music1790 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974,, 908-464-5928, www.elefantemusic.com

      The Music Shop56 Fanny Rd., Boonton, NJ 07005, 800-533-0633, www.TheMusicShop.com, specializing in Conn-Selmer instruments