Total Enhancement Service

NOTE: This Enhancement is only available for .460″, .464″, .470″ Bores.

Flip Oakes now performs the same Enhancement Modification that has been part of every Flip Oakes Wild Thing Trumpet since April 22, 1999 to those players who do not happen to own a Flip Oakes Wild Thing instrument.

I’ve had some tooling made that will fit up inside in certain areas and remove any unseen solder or misaligned, uneven fittings of soldered joints. This process removes a very small amount of any unwanted material and makes dramatic improvement in the playing of the horn in every way.

The Flip Oakes Total Enhancement:

  • Enhancement Modification Process
  • Digital Valve Alignment
  • Newest Ultrasonic Cleaning Service

The Digital Valve Alignment can be one of the differences between a so so instrument and a great one. Faulty misaligned valves can slow an instruments response, and cause unevenness of timbre and create variables for each of the valve combinations. A Digital Valve Alignment corrects the alignment of the valve on both the upstroke and the down stroke, to within +/- .001″ of our digital caliper measurements.

Valve alignments are dependent of many factors, including the construction of the valve assembly and the materials used in aligning the valves. At this present moment we can use either Buna ‘N’ 40 Shore Rubber, or the highest quality replacement felts, the choice is yours. While the tolerance of felt will change in time, the Buna ‘N’ 40 Shore Rubber, will hold and maintain it’s tolerance to the alignment for a longer period of time, however it may be somewhat noisier to the performer.

Each valve assembly consists of the finger button, top cap, valve stem, spring barrel, valve guide, and the valve or piston itself. A true alignment depends in part on the accuracy of the manufacturing of all these components. When any one of these parts is not made to the exact dimensions required, both the up and down positions will be misaligned. Additionally, the radial, or rotational, side-to-side) alignment may be off, affecting the alignment.

A Digital Valve Alignment is the accurate method for aligning valves. Precision, tools and gauges made specifically for this procedure, precise measurements are made of each valve and valve casing port, from which the up-and down-stroke. The valve is then reset to the newly calculated position. A fiber optic bore scope is also used to view valve port alignments, to visually ensure the accuracy. The radial, or rotational, side-to-side) alignment is also examined and corrected as needed, if possible.

The end result of a Digital Valve Alignment is that, a musician can expect to experience faster response from the instrument, greater evenness of timbre and resistance throughout the range of the instrument, with greater efficiency of sound production. The player can produce a full sound with much less effort, with better intonation, and while technique can be improved because of the quickened response from note to note, which will enhance the players overall performance in creating their music.

Price can vary depending on amount of work needed to align each set of valves, depending on different valve clusters. An additional charged is required to correct radial (side-to-side) alignment. Also required is that your valves are to be in good working condition, and not in need of valve work, or rebuilding.

Included Ultrasonic Cleaning -Trumpet – Cornet – Flugelhorn

Flip Oakes Wild Thing Trumpets is please to announce the addition of the finest state of the art cleaning system ever provided. Using a custom designed ultrasonic cleaning machine made specifically for cleaning musical instruments. A special cleaning solution has been chosen to give the most complete interior cleaning ever done on a musical instrument, without the use of any acids, or toxic chemicals.

The Ultrasonic Cleaning System uses sound waves instead of harsh chemicals to clean your instrument thoroughly. A series of transducers mounted in the bottom of the tank introduce sound waves into the cleaning liquid, and these sound waves produce thousands of alternating high and low pressure waves per second which pass through the water based cleaning solution, millions of microscopic bubbles form which produce a scrubbing action. This method has also proven to be a more effective degreaser than mechanical or chemical means combined. Cleaning instruments with Ultrasonic has the advantage of removing tightly bonded contaminants from all surfaces even in the smallest of space. This method will clean areas unreachable by brushes or other mechanical means.

Pricing for Flip Oakes Total Enhancement Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn .460, .464, .470 Bores ONLY

  • Lacquered, or Raw Brass 3 valve Instruments NO POLISH @ $365.00
  • Silver-plated 3 valve Instruments No POLISH @ $365.00
  • Silver-plated 3 valve Instruments POLISH Included @ $415.00
  • Lacquered, or Raw Brass 4 valve Instruments NO POLISH @ $410.00
  • Silver-plated 4 valve Instruments No POLISH @ $410.00
  • Silver-plated 4 valve Instruments POLISH Included @ $460.00

Enhancement ONLY with Ultrasonic Cleaning

  • Lacquered, or Raw Brass 3 valve Instruments NO POLISH @ $225.00
  • Silver-plated 3 valve Instruments No POLISH @ $225.00
  • Silver-plated 3 valve Instruments POLISH Included @ $290.00
  • Lacquered, or Raw Brass 4 valve Instruments NO POLISH @ $270.00
  • Silver-plated 4 valve Instruments No POLISH @ $270.00
  • Silver-plated 4 valve Instruments POLISH Included @ $335.00

All Shipping, and Insurance Charges are in addition to charges above. Method of Shipping is UPS Ground.

Call 760-643-1501 or Email flip@flipoakes.com for a appointment NOW !!

Ultrasonic Cleaning, Digital Valve Alignment and Total Enhancement are automatically performed on all Flip Oakes Wild Thing Instruments at no additional charge. Flip offers these services to all Non Wild Thing owners for your own instruments.