A woodwind instrument requires regular maintenance to prevent problems with how it plays and sounds.
A complete inspection of the instrument and an upfront full estimate of repairs is provided free of charge. Ian will explain what needs to be done and a guaranteed estimate is given before work is started.
Repairs are usually completed within a week. However, demand for Woodwind Repair Australia services is high so please arrange your service well in advance.
Minor servicing will get an instrument to playing condition.
It is usual for a General Service to be carried out every 18 months to two years.
A Full Service is recommended every three to four years.
A Repad is carried out when an instrument has not been regularly serviced and most pads need replacing.
At some point in an instrument’s life it may require an Overhaul, usually after 10 years, depending on how well it has been maintained.
Description of Services
Minor Service (Playing Condition)
Adjustment of the instrument and minor repairs. Includes any work required to bring an instrument up to a sufficient standard of playability. A Minor Service is carried out without fully stripping the instrument, to keep costs down.
Dismantle, clean and level tone holes as required, renew corks and pads as required, oil, re-assemble and finish to good playing order.
Strip instrument, clean and level all tone holes, renew corks and pads as required, oil, regulate key-work and springs and finish to good playing order
Strip instrument, clean body and tone holes, renew corks and springs as required, renew all pads, oil, re-assemble and finish to good playing order.
Strip instrument, take up play in key-work, keys and pillars polished. Clean body and level tone holes, renew all corks including tenon, pads and all springs. Re-assemble, oil and finish to good playing order.