Instrument Cover – Saxophones

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Our instrument polices all cover your items should they be stolen, accidentally damaged and lost and, in the event of one of those unfortunate events, we intend to get you back up and playing your instruments as soon as possible with our experienced claims service.

As long as it is used to create music your items can be insured on our policies.

Wind Instruments

These instruments produce sound when air is blown into them, either by blowing air into the instrument which vibrates and produces sounds (such as Flutes, Pan Pipes and Recorders). Other instruments use the air to vibrate a reed within the instrument (such as Saxophone, Clarinet and Bassoons).

BRASS WIND INSTRUMENTS

SAXOPHONE

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The saxophone (also referred to as the sax) is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. Like the clarinet, saxophones have holes in the instrument which the player closes using a system of key mechanisms. When the player presses a key, this typically causes a pad to close over a hole.

 

Instrument Cover – French Horns

Instrument cover

Our instrument polices all cover your items should they be stolen, accidentally damaged and lost and, in the event of one of those unfortunate events, we intend to get you back up and playing your instruments as soon as possible with our experienced claims service.

As long as it is used to create music your items can be insured on our policies.

Wind Instruments

These instruments produce sound when air is blown into them, either by blowing air into the instrument which vibrates and produces sounds (such as Flutes, Pan Pipes and Recorders). Other instruments use the air to vibrate a reed within the instrument (such as Saxophone, Clarinet and Bassoons).

BRASS WIND INSTRUMENTS

FRENCH HORNS

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The French horn (since the 1930s known simply as the “horn” in some professional music circles) is a brass instrument made of tubing wrapped into a coil with a flared bell. The double horn in F/B (technically a variety of German horn) is the horn most often used by players in professional orchestras and bands. A musician who plays any kind of horn is generally referred to as a horn player (or less frequently, a hornist).

 

Instrument Cover – Trombones

Instrument cover

Our instrument polices all cover your items should they be stolen, accidentally damaged and lost and, in the event of one of those unfortunate events, we intend to get you back up and playing your instruments as soon as possible with our experienced claims service.

As long as it is used to create music your items can be insured on our policies.

Wind Instruments

These instruments produce sound when air is blown into them, either by blowing air into the instrument which vibrates and produces sounds (such as Flutes, Pan Pipes and Recorders). Other instruments use the air to vibrate a reed within the instrument (such as Saxophone, Clarinet and Bassoons).

BRASS WIND INSTRUMENTS

TROMBONE

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The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. Like all brass instruments, sound is produced when the player’s vibrating lips (embouchure) cause the air column inside the instrument to vibrate. Nearly all trombones have a telescoping slide mechanism that varies the length of the instrument to change the pitch.

Instrument Cover – Cornets

Instrument cover

Our instrument polices all cover your items should they be stolen, accidentally damaged and lost and, in the event of one of those unfortunate events, we intend to get you back up and playing your instruments as soon as possible with our experienced claims service.

As long as it is used to create music your items can be insured on our policies.

Wind Instruments

These instruments produce sound when air is blown into them, either by blowing air into the instrument which vibrates and produces sounds (such as Flutes, Pan Pipes and Recorders). Other instruments use the air to vibrate a reed within the instrument (such as Saxophone, Clarinet and Bassoons).

BRASS WIND INSTRUMENTS

CORNETS

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The cornet is a brass instrument similar to the trumpet but distinguished from it by its conical bore, more compact shape, and mellower tone quality.

Instrument Cover – Trumpets

Instrument cover

Our instrument polices all cover your items should they be stolen, accidentally damaged and lost and, in the event of one of those unfortunate events, we intend to get you back up and playing your instruments as soon as possible with our experienced claims service.

As long as it is used to create music your items can be insured on our policies.

Wind Instruments

These instruments produce sound when air is blown into them, either by blowing air into the instrument which vibrates and produces sounds (such as Flutes, Pan Pipes and Recorders). Other instruments use the air to vibrate a reed within the instrument (such as Saxophone, Clarinet and Bassoons).

BRASS WIND INSTRUMENTS

TRUMPETS

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A trumpet is a blown musical instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles. The trumpet group contains the instruments with the highest register in the brass family. Trumpet-like instruments have historically been used as signaling devices in battle or hunting, with examples dating back to at least 1500 BC; they began to be used as musical instruments only in the late 14th or early 15th century.

Why Insure your instruments?

A lot of musicians do not insurance their equipment, some believe they are careful and vigilant enough that their beloved equipment will not get damaged or stolen.  It is certainly good practice to care for and cherish your instruments, and simple steps to keep them safe such as always using a dedicated hard case, never leaving the items anywhere they can be stolen and keeping the instruments out of the hands of children.

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However, all it takes is one lapse in concentration and it could lead to a very expensive mistake.  Guitar straps have been known to break and the instrument falls to the floor, you may slip while carrying your beloved trumpet or get over enthusiastic and push your foot through the bass drum.

If you have no instruments because they are stolen or damaged beyond use then you will have to beg, borrow or steal in order to play that lucrative gig you have been offered.  By insuring your instruments you are will be confident that they will last you your entire musical career, or until you want to replace them with a newer and shinier model.

Do you know the value of your instruments?

Your instruments may have just been bought from the shop or you may have being strumming and blowing them for many years, but do you actually know the value of your instruments?  

It is important to insure your musical instruments for the correct value.  Under insuring your instruments could lead to a lower payout than you are expecting in the event of a claim or, even worse, having the claim thrown out all together.  

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  • Values of items fluctuate over time, some items will see their value rise while other items will see their market value drop. It is worth checking the value of your items on a regular basis.

  • Visit your local music shop and ask for a valuation, some shops will do this for free while others will charge a small fee. For expensive items we would need sight of a valuation that is no older than 3 years.

  • Or check the market price of your instrument. Remember that your instrument may no longer be being produced, in this case you should find out which model is the nearest modern equivalent.

  • Update your insurance policy regularly, this will ensure that your instruments will be fully insured for their true value in the event of a claim.

  • Look after your instruments, this will keep the value consistent

Our policies are directly listed to total sum of the items you insure, keeping the values up to date allows us to offer the best premium for your instrument.

 

 

Caring for your instruments on the road.

Instrument Care while travelling can make sure your instruments come back in the same condition.

 

Sometimes you need to transport your musical equipment.  Whether you are hitting the road on tour or taking your guitar to a friend’s garage to jam these following tips will help you keep them safe.

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  • When loading and unloading equipment at a venue be extra vigilant as it can be a prime time for thieves to target your equipment. Always have someone standing by the van as items are being transported to and from a venue.
  • Park your vehicle against a wall to stop people gaining access to the back doors.
  • Install a good alarm system and consider deadlocks for the doors.
  • Darken or tint the windows to stop people seeing in.
  • Ensure the van is locked at all times when unattended.
  • Use a car park with security if leaving it overnight, or park it in a garage if at home.
  • Consider chaining all your equipment together in the van, this will make it more difficult for thieves to take items.
  • If you are staying in a hotel consider taking your instruments into the room with you.
  • Make sure you have the appropriate insurance for your instruments, never assume your instruments are covered, check your documents or give us a call.
  • Remember for touring outside the UK your standard holiday Travel Insurance will not cover you for a working musician, a specialist policy can cover you when you take to the stage and give you the correct instrument care while travelling.
  • If flying keep your instrument with you in hand luggage, this will prevent unnecessary damage by baggage handlers. Temperatures in the hold can get far below freezing and can cause damage to

A guide to musical instrument care.

Musical instrument care is paramount, correct cleaning and attention can make all the difference.

If you fail to look after your instruments properly it may cause damage the life of your instrument to end prematurely.  The better the condition, the better the instrument will sound and play.  Not forgetting a little bit of attention could save you money in replacement and repair bills.  If you do not have the time it is worth getting the equipment serviced by a professional.

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Using a little bit of common sense is essential in musical instrument care.

Do not eat food just before you play your instrument. It is all too easy for crumbs to fall onto or into your instrument.  Wash and dry your hands before playing. If you play a wind or brass instrument, you will want to clean your mouth and lips too.

Avoid exposing the items to extreme heat or cold as this can cause the glue to degrade as well as warp the wood or metal.  If your instrument is electronic then water and steamy environments should be avoided.

Always store your instrument in an appropriate place, leaving the item in a busy room could cause it to become knocked over and damaged.

Just following these simple rules will make your violin, guitar or keyboard last longer and be a pleasure to play.

Instrument insurance

Values of your instruments

It is important to always insure your musical instruments for the correct value.  Under insuring your instruments could lead to a lower payout than you are expecting or having the claim thrown out all together.

  • Values of items fluctuate over time, some items will see their value rise while other items will see their market value drop. It is worth checking the value of your items on a regular basis.
  • Visit your local music shop and ask for a valuation, some shops will do this for free while others will charge a small fee. For expensive items we would need sight of a valuation that is no older than 3 years.
  • Or check the market price of your instrument. Remember that your instrument may no longer be being produced, in this case you should find out which model is the nearest modern equivalent.
  • Update your insurance policy regularly, this will ensure that your instruments will be fully insured for their true value in the event of a claim.
  • Look after your instruments, this will keep the value consistent.

Why insure your instruments?

A lot of musicians do not insurance their equipment, some believe they are careful and vigilant enough that their beloved equipment will not get damaged or stolen.  All it takes is one lapse in concentration and it could lead to a very expensive mistake.

If you have no instruments because they are stolen or damaged beyond use then you will have to beg, borrow or steal in order to play that lucrative gig you have been offered.