Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brand New Buffet Student Clarinet

If you are looking to invest in a Quality Student Bb Clarinet then look no further!
The Buffet Crampon model B12 is just about the best quality entry level clarinet on the market today. Brand new from an authorized Buffet dealer and repair center. These are not factory seconds or refurfurbished instruments. $625. For more details visit Scott Russ Music at 2170 Sunrise Highway in Merrick or

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great Deal- Used Yamaha Student Trumpet

Super deal. This is an original Yamaha trumpet made in Japan. Not like the ones on the market today made in a number of Asian countries and of a lower standard of quality. This Yamaha YTR 232 has a copper lead pipe. Plays with a bright clear tone. Great for a beginner or student. The condition is excellent except for a few minor dings. Just checked over in the shop and cleaned, oiled and slides greased. Comes with the original case also in excellent condition, a new 7C mouthpiece and valve oil. Visit Scott Russ Music in Merrick, NY or for more details.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

School Rental Instruments

If your child needs a musical instrument for school, now is the best time to rent or purchase one. Visit Scott Russ Music at 2170 Sunrise Highway in Merrick for more information and check out the money saving coupon on our website,

Monday, August 25, 2014

KC and the Sunshine Band

That's the Way I Like It! KC and the Sunshine Band at in concert at Eisenhower Park Saturday night. Great show!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Clarinet Care

Clarinets as all wood instruments expand and contract with heat and humidity.  Cracks can occur if you are not careful. Good clarinet maintenance is the key to avoiding damage to your instrument. Here are some simple tips to caring for your wooden clarinet.

  • Always swab, disassemble and return your clarinet to its case when not in use.
  • Wipe down the keys after playing with a cloth to remove the oils left on the keys by your fingers. This will also prevent tarnishing and premature wear. 
  • Avoid extreme and rapid changes in temperature.  Store your clarinet where the temperature is stable. Also, never play a clarinet that is cold to the touch.
  • Maintain a consistent relative humidity in between playing sessions. Case humidifiers are a great way to do this.
  • Have your clarinet cleaned and adjusted by a qualified repair technician twice a year. 
  • Have the bore oiled by a repair professional.
  • Never assemble your clarinet when tight.

Always allow a clarinet to heat up to room temperature before playing.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Chicago and REO Speedwagon

Chicago and REO Speedwagon performed at Jones Beach Theater last night.  What a fantastic show! Here are some photos from the concert.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

School Instrument Rentals

It is time to start thinking about 
School Instrument Rentals!
Beat the crowds! If your child needs an instrument for school now is the best time to rent one. 
Visit our store at 2170 Sunrise Highway in Merrick 
for more information.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Violin Maintenance

Summer weather although enjoyable for us, is not perfect for violins. The high temperatures of summer can cause problems for your violin, so during the summer months you should give your instrument a bit more TLC. The wood of the violin expands and contracts due to heat and humidity. Excessive heat can cause permanent warping and damage to the wood and bow hairs. It can also cause a change in sound. The varnish can soften in heat causing it to blister or stick to your case. On the other hand, air conditioning can dry out your violin and cause cracks in the wood. Overall, extreme temperature and humidity changes are not good for a violin.

There are a few things you can do to keep your violin in good shape during the summer months. 
  • Check your violin out every few weeks, especially if you are not playing it.  Visually check it to make sure there are no signs of warping and check for open seams every place there is a joint on the instrument. Also, listen for any changes in the sound of the violin.
  • Keep your violin out of direct sunlight or enclosed areas. Specifically, don't store your violin in a hot car.
  • If in extreme temperatures, allow the instrument to come back to room temperature slowly.  The stress put on your violin by sudden temperature changes can be catastrophic.  In short, slow, gentle changes in the environment are much easier for any wood instrument to handle.
  • Clean any rosin debris off your violin right away.  Rosin can become stickier in the heat and leftover pieces can end up sticking to the varnish permanently! 
If damage should occur, have your violin repaired immediately by a luthier to prevent even more damage for happening.