Services

PLAYING CONDITION

Adjust, Regulate, Oil and light clean. Align mechanisms, straighten bent keys, check alignment, seat leaking pads, replace individual pads/corks/felts as needed. This is akin to having a tune-up and oil change done on a car.

COMPLETE REPAD AND MECHANICAL OVERHAULS

  • SAXOPHONE: Disassemble instrument; remove all pads, key corks/felts, and neck cork; clean instrument, keys, and neck; straighten and swedge keys; check pad cups alignment; level tone-holes; fit neck to the receiver; remove any minor dents; reassemble with new key corks/felts, pads, and your choice of resonators; play test and adjust for intonation and response. I use premium leather pads.

  • CLARINET: Disassemble instrument; remove all pads, key corks, and tenon corks; clean and polish keys; clean and oil wood instruments; straighten and swedge keys; check pad cup alignment; reassemble with new key corks, tenon corks, and pads; play test and adjust for intonation & response. I use either traditional “skin” pads, cork pads, or Master Series Valentino Pads.
  • OBOE: Disassemble instrument; remove all pads, key corks, and tenon corks; clean and polish keys; clean and oil wood instruments; straighten and swedge keys; check pad cup alignment; reassemble with new key corks, tenon corks, and pads; play test and adjust for intonation & response. I use traditional “skin” and cork pads.
  • FLUTE & PICCOLO: Disassemble instrument; remove all pads, key corks/felts, and head joint cork; clean instrument and keys; polish body, and keys; straighten and swedge keys; check pad cup alignment; level tone-holes; remove any minor dents; reassemble with new key corks/felts, and pads; install new head joint cork; play test and adjust for intonation & response. I use traditional yellow flute pads, and either vallentino pads or traditional pads on piccolos.
  • BASSOON: Disassemble instrument; remove all pads, key corks, boot joint cork and tenon corks; clean and polish keys; clean and oil wood instruments; straighten and swedge keys; check pad cup alignment; reassemble with new key corks, boot joint cork, tenon corks, and pads; play test and adjust for intonation & response. I use premium white leather pads
  • CUSTOMIZE KEYS:In the past I have rebuilt keys on woodwind instruments to fit the clients’ hand.  Some examples include elongating the Eb and C keys on the lower joint of a clarinet, cutting down the height of the palm keys on a baritone saxophone,  elongating different keys on the main stacks of a saxophone, and my personal favorite, rebuilding the Eb/C tables on a saxophone so a client with four fingers could play the bottom of the horn.
  • REPAIR BROKEN PLASTIC BODIES: As long as all of the parts are present, just about any plastic bodies instrument can be repaired.  No need for a costly new body!


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