Servicing and Pricing

Clarinets/Oboe

Standard Service

For new or regularly serviced instruments.

Remove keys as necessary.

Basic clean of body and keywork

Check instrument for leaks

Replace key corks and silencing material as necessary – up to three [NOTE 1]

Replace/reseat pads as necessary – up to three [NOTE 2]

Check tension on springs

Regulate keywork (esp. on oboes)

Check tenon corks for proper fit

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Full Service

For older instruments and those that have not been serviced regularly

Remove all keys and spatulas

Clean body, bore, and tone holes

(Clean octave-vent inserts on oboes) [NOTE 4]

Clean hinge tubing, long screws, and posts (polish screws on professional instruments)

Replace key corks and silencing material as necessary [NOTE 1]

Reduce excessive key play

Replace/reseat pads as necessary – up to five [NOTE 2]

Adjust spring tensions if needed

Regulate keywork (esp. on oboes)

Check tenon corks and replace as necessary

Oil the bore of wooden instruments

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Repad

For instruments needing pad replacement (eg bladder pads after seven years)

Remove all keys and spatulas

Clean body, bore, and tone holes

(Clean octave vent inserts on oboes) [NOTE 4]

Clean hinge tubing, long screws, and posts (polish screws on professional instruments)

Polish silver-plated keywork and posts

Reduce excessive key play

Ensure pad seats are not chipped

Replace all pads unless new and of high quality

Replace key corks as necessary

Adjust spring tensions if needed

Regulate keywork (esp. on oboes)

Replace tenon corks

Oil bore of wooden instruments

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Flutes/Piccolo

Standard Service

For new or regularly serviced instruments.

Remove keys as necessary.

Basic clean of body and keywork

Check instrument for leaks

Check headjoint tenon for proper fit

Replace key corks felts as necessary [NOTE 1]

Level pad seats to acceptable standard

Replace/reseat pads as necessary – up to three [NOTE 2]

Check tension on springs

Regulate keywork

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Full Service

For older instruments and those that have not been serviced regularly

Remove all keys and spatulas

Check instrument for leaks

Check headjoint tenon for proper fit

Clean body, bore, and tone holes

Clean hinge tubing, long screws, and posts

Remove minor dents

Hand polish joints and keywork

Replace key corks and felts as necessary [NOTE 1]

Level and chamfer pad seats consistent with existing pads

Reduce excessive key play

Replace/reseat pads as necessary – up to five [NOTE 2]

Adjust spring tensions if needed

Regulate keywork

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Repad [NOTE 5]

For instruments needing pad replacement (eg bladder pads after seven years)

Remove all keys and spatulas

Check instrument for leaks

Check headjoint tenon for proper fit

Clean body, bore, and tone holes

Clean hinge tubing, long screws, and posts

Remove dents

Hand polish joints and keywork

Replace key corks and felts as necessary [NOTE 1]

Level and chamfer pad seats

Reduce excessive key play

Replace all pads

Adjust spring tensions if needed

Regulate keywork

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Bassoon

Standard Service

For new or regularly serviced instruments.

Remove keys as necessary.

Basic clean of body and keywork

Check instrument for leaks

Replace key corks and silencing material as necessary [NOTE 1]

Replace/reseat pads as necessary – up to three [NOTE 2]

Check tension on springs

Regulate keywork

Check tenon corks for proper fit

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Full Service

For older instruments and those that have not been serviced regularly

Remove all keys and spatulas

Clean body, bore, and tone holes

Clean crook [NOTE 4]

Clean hinge tubing, long screws, and posts (polish screws on professional instruments)

Replace key corks and silencing material as necessary [NOTE 1]

Reduce excessive key play

Replace/reseat pads as necessary – up to five [NOTE 2]

Adjust spring tensions of needed

Regulate keywork

Check tenon/crook corks and replace as necessary

Oil the bore of wooden instruments

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Repad

For instruments needing pad replacement

Remove all keys and spatulas

Clean body, bore, and tone holes

Clean crook [NOTE 4]

Clean hinge tubing, long screws, and posts (polish screws on professional instruments)

Polish silver-plated keywork and posts

Reduce excessive key play

Ensure pad seats are not chipped

Replace all pads unless new and of high quality

Replace key corks as necessary

Adjust spring tensions if needed

Regulate keywork

Replace tenon corks/replace string and wax

Oil bore of wooden instruments

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Play test


Saxophones

Standard Service

For new or regularly serviced instruments.

Remove keys as necessary.

Basic clean of body and keywork

Check instrument for leaks

Check crook tenon for proper fit

Replace key corks felts as necessary [NOTE 1]

Level pad seats to acceptable standard

Replace/reseat pads as necessary – up to three [NOTE 2]

Check tension on springs

Regulate keywork

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Full Service

For older instruments and those that have not been serviced regularly

Remove all keys and spatulas

Check instrument for leaks

Check crook tenon for proper fit

Clean body, bore, and tone holes

Clean hinge tubing, long screws, and posts

Remove minor dents

Hand polish silver-plated keywork

Replace key corks and felts as necessary [NOTE 1]

Level and chamfer pad seats consistent with existing pads

Reduce excessive key play

Replace/reseat pads as necessary – up to five [NOTE 2]

Adjust spring tensions if needed

Regulate keywork

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play


Repad

For instruments needing pad replacement (eg bladder pads after seven years)

Remove all keys and spatulas

Check instrument for leaks

Check crook tenon for proper fit

Clean body, bore, and tone holes

Clean hinge tubing, long screws, and posts (polish screws on professional instruments)

Remove dents

Hand polish joints and keywork

Replace key corks and felts as necessary [NOTE 1]

Level and chamfer pad seats

Reduce excessive key play

Replace all pads

Replace springs if needed

Regulate keywork

Lubricate keywork [NOTE 3]

Test play



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