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Dent Center using Torpedo Dent Roller

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Item #2030

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$1,215.00 Each

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Dent Center with trombone bell

Our innovative Dent Center presents a breakthrough in the area of bell dent removal. Anyone who has done bell work using a conventional burnisher knows the difficulty encountered with trying to hold and position the horn while at the same time working the dent out with a burnisher; a task which often requires the assistance of a second person or an awkward arrangement of ropes or crutches. The Dent Center is designed to allow one person to easily remove dents from any size bell from trumpet to sousaphone.

Equipped with a unique lever burnishing rod (see picture below) which is anchored at one end to a universal pivot joint, the Dent Center utilizes the increased force that a lever generates, allowing the technician to exert a tremendous amount of force to the dent with just one hand on the burnisher. The other hand remains free to hold and control the positioning of the horn.

Dent Center Components

The extension arms can be easily adjusted and locked into position to accommodate bell sizes ranging from trumpet to sousaphone.

The burnishing rod is 24" (61 cm) in length and made from 3/4" (19.05 mm) diameter drill rod. The rod can be used either by itself or with one of two attachments: a roller and a bell rim shoe.

For aggressive burnishing action where the technician needs to really move metal around (such as overhaul work) the burnishing rod by itself can easily meet the task. For most play condition work as well as for when care to the instrument's lacquer or plated finish is required, simply slide the roller over the burnishing rod to 'roll' rather than 'burnish' the dents out. For working the area right up against the bell rim the bell rim shoe is used.

burnishing roller

The burnishing roller is made from seamless, drawn steel tubing and equipped with quality needle bearings for smooth operation and control. Length: 6" (152 mm) x Diameter: 1.25" (31.2 mm).

For removing dents from the area around the bell rim, the bell rim shoe easily attaches to the burnishing rod and provides excellent burnishing control right up to the edge of the rim.

burnishing shoe burnishing shoe
Dent Center using Torpedo Dent Roller

The versatile design of the Dent Center allows the use of various types of 'backup surface', which is the surface that supports the instrument opposite the burnishing roller. Pictured here demonstrates our #2243 Torpedo Dent Roller being used as a backup surface.

Other backup surfaces that can be used with the Dent Center include bell irons and other various shaped mandrels. The Dent Center's backup receiver will accommodate any diameter size rod between 3/4" and 1" (19.05mm and 25.4mm). An adapter is available for bell irons with a 'T' shape vise mount (see #2032 'T' Shape Bell Iron Adapter below).

Our Torpedo Dent Roller measures 1.25" (31.75mm) in diameter, 10" (254mm) in length and is fitted with precision ball bearings. Besides being an excellent all purpose dent roller, it is also our 'preferred' backup surface for the Dent Center for the following reasons:

  • It provides a smooth, gliding action for moving and repositioning the instrument.
  • As any technician who has done bell flare work knows, the process usually involves going back and forth between burnishing the dent area and then reshaping and smoothing out flat spots by rolling on a dent roller. Technicians can burnish, set the burnishing rod out of the way on the rod hangar, and then have the Torpedo Dent Roller right there to smooth out and reshape the bell.

The model #2030 detailed on this page includes the Torpedo Dent Roller. Shops that already have a roller or bell iron or wish to use a different backup surface can order our catalog #2031 Dent Center without Torpedo Dent Roller (see below).

Operating & Instruction Manual

#2031 DENT CENTER (96 kb)

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