Every job is totally unique which unfortunately makes it impossible to produce an accurate ‘standard’ price list. However, personalised advice and price estimates are always given free of charge with no obligation – just get in touch and we can have a chat about what you need.
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What does each level of service include?
Without dismantling, the instrument will be checked throughout for any signs of damage or deterioration. Adjustments to pad seating, action and regulation will be made as required, and the instrument will be cleaned and oiled.
It’s a good idea to get your instrument checked regularly to resolve any issues before they turn into bigger (and more expensive!) problems over time. If you’re a student, why not make it part of your ‘back to school’ routine every year? A check-over would also be perfect if you’ve just bought a new instrument and want to make sure it’s all in good working order, or if you’re selling your old instrument and want to be able to give the buyer a bit more assurance of what to expect.
The instrument will be dismantled and given a thorough clean and polish throughout. Any bent or worn keywork or loose fitting joints will be addressed as appropriate. All pads will be thoroughly checked over for damage and replaced if necessary. After re-assembly, the pads will be checked for leaks and re-seated to ensure an optimum seal. The action and regulation of the instrument will be adjusted and cork, felt or springs replaced as necessary. The instrument will be oiled following re-assembly.
All instruments need a bit of extra TLC every once in a while – various things deteriorate over time with normal use, making for an overall less responsive instrument and a more ‘sloppy’ experience when playing. As many of these issues develop very gradually over time, players often find that they’ve been compensating for these type of problems without realising and are usually pleasantly surprised at the difference a good service has made! A general service should be done every few years to keep your instrument playing at it’s best, or it might also be handy if you’ve bought a second hand instrument that needs a bit more attention than a basic check-over.
The instrument will be dismantled and given a thorough clean and polish throughout. Any bent or worn keywork or loose fitting joints will be addressed as appropriate. The tone holes will be checked for condition and levelled if appropriate for the instrument. Any dents will be worked on to improve their appearance as much as possible. All pads will be removed, replaced and re-seated. Springs, corks and felts will be replaced as required. The action and regulation will be adjusted and the instrument will be oiled.
This level of service gives your instrument a total overhaul and is a great way to get it back into excellent playing condition. It’s quite rare to need ‘the full works’ done on an instrument which has been regularly maintained and played, but it might be something you’d like to do if your beloved instrument is looking a bit worse for wear, has been in storage for a long time or even perhaps for a vintage or antique instrument which you’d like to give a new lease of life.
Had some sort of instrument-related catastrophe? Clarinet tenon / sax crook cork seen better days? Flute head or foot joint not quite fitting right? Missing a pad or spring, or something ‘just not feeling right’?
All sorts of things can go wrong with your instrument, but no matter how big or small the problem is please get in touch and I’ll be happy to see what I can do for you!