Posts By: Lissa Ray

Instrument Repair Hospital: Hand Drum

In this episode of Instrument Repair Hospital, “Doctor Lissa” demonstrates how to replace the head on a hand drum. Take good care of your Studio 49 Orff Instruments for their long lasting health and great sound! Be sure to order replacement parts before beginning any repair. Materials: – Naval jelly – Paint brush – Toothbrush – Chrome polish… Read more »

Instrument Repair Hospital: Timpani

In this episode of Instrument Repair Hospital, “Doctor Lissa” demonstrates how to replace the head on a timpani. Take good care of your Studio 49 Orff Instruments for their long lasting health and great sound! Be sure to order replacement parts before beginning any repair. Materials: – Naval jelly – Paintbrush – Toothbrush – Rubber gloves – Replacement… Read more »

Instrument Repair Hospital: Contrabass Bar

In this episode of Instrument Repair Hospital, “Doctor Lissa” demonstrates how to clean and repair your contrabass bar. Take good care of your Studio 49 Orff Instruments for their long lasting health and great sound! Be sure to order replacement parts before beginning any repair. Materials: – Replacement parts – 5/16 nut driver – Putty knife – Razor blade – Flashlight – Rags – Rubber gloves… Read more »

Instrument Repair Hospital: Kettle Drum

In this episode of Instrument Repair Hospital, “Doctor Lissa” demonstrates how to replace the head on a kettle drum. Take good care of your Studio 49 Orff Instruments for their long lasting health and great sound! Be sure to order replacement parts before beginning any repair. Materials: – Replacement drum head

Scariest Instrument Restoration

Scariest Instrument Restoration Last fall we asked for your scariest Studio 49 instruments, and boy did you frighten us! We saw ghoulish glockenspiels, creepy chromatics, and mysterious metallophones. You unearthed many hair-raising relics from your instrument graveyards. But it was this vintage xylophone from Ridge Ranch Elementary School in Paramus, NJ that really made us shriek!  … Read more »

Instrument Repair Hospital – AOSA 2015

The 2015 AOSA Professional Development Conference was held in San Diego, CA on November 11-14, 2015. Waves of Learning workshops, exhibits, and performances provided a flood of opportunities for active learning. In one such session, Lissa Ray (aka “Doctor Lissa”) guided her Instrument Repair Hospital interns through the basics of labeling, storing, maintaining and repairing Orff instruments. With supplies found at the local… Read more »

Instrument Repair Hospital: Glockenspiels

In this episode of Instrument Repair Hospital, “Dr. Lissa” demonstrates her method for cleaning and reconditioning glockenspiels. Tubing and nails only last 10-12 years before the rubber begins to rot and needs to be replaced. Take good care of your Studio 49 Orff Instruments for their long lasting health and great sound! Be sure to order replacement… Read more »

Instrument Hospital – AOSA 2014

If you missed “Dr.” Lissa’s session on repairing Orff instruments at the AOSA National Conference, here are the detailed notes. The care of your Orff instruments is so important in preserving their sound quality and longevity. And if you’re just a little bit handy, you can repair many of them yourself. Use the power point to inform the… Read more »