The easier instruments to save would be what they call the brass section, that is, trumpets, trombones, tubas (pretty big, though), baritones, and French horns. They are made completely with metal, no wood. For any kind of instrument the most important thing of all is to keep it dry. Too much moisture will cause problems. Even from normal play you must clean out your instrument every month or two, because of build-up of moisture from your breath.
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