Dent removal

euphsrock

Member
Does anyone know how to remove dents, or any cheap dent removers in the surrey/southampton area?
I have a very damaged french horn that I rescued from a skip....
 

BigHorn

Active Member
The method for removing dents depends on where it is. But the basic method is to iron or roll them out over a shaped anvil with a heavy smooth roller. If its in a tube you chase them out from the inside with ever increasing balls or tapered weights or with a rod inside and shaped anvils on the outside.
It really depends on the damage and value of the instrument. If you dont mind giving it a go then you could do what I did with some skip recovered instruments. I removed dents in the bells of cheap school instruments by simply rolling them between 2 kitchen rolling pins at 90 degrees to each other.
 

Getzonica

Active Member
The method for removing dents depends on where it is. But the basic method is to iron or roll them out over a shaped anvil with a heavy smooth roller. If its in a tube you chase them out from the inside with ever increasing balls or tapered weights or with a rod inside and shaped anvils on the outside.
It really depends on the damage and value of the instrument. If you dont mind giving it a go then you could do what I did with some skip recovered instruments. I removed dents in the bells of cheap school instruments by simply rolling them between 2 kitchen rolling pins at 90 degrees to each other.

There's meant to be a new method now where you use really strong magnets and metal balls. The metal balls go inside the instrument (where the dent is) and then you can remove the dent by using the magnet.
 

brasscrest

Active Member
That's not a new method. Been around in some form since at least the 1970's. Back then, it didn't work much better than the traditional ball-and-driver technique.
 

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