SERVICES and REPAIRS
You should always keep your instrument in good playing condition by having it checked out at least once or twice a year or at the first sign of trouble. Simple, inexpensive, and regular maintenance will prevent costly repairs later on.
Whether it’s playing condition, re-pad, or complete overhaul, we guarantee your Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Piccolo, or Bassoon will play as good if not better than new when it leaves our shop.
Bring your brass instrument to us and we will bring it up to great playing condition. We can also show you how you can help maintain your instrument in top playing condition.
Estimates are free. All of our repairs are top notch, our prices are reasonable and our turn-around time is fast. Our service technicians have a combined 88 years’ experience in the industry. Treat yourself to a great playing instrument by having it repaired at Plumb Perfect Instrument Repair.
Although your instrument may need only minor repairs, often times it may need extensive work to put into playing condition. This may include removing easily accessible dents. The instrument is then disassembled and cleaned inside and out. All water key corks and valve felts and corks are replaced as necessary. Tuning and hand slides are fit and aligned. The instrument is then lubricated, oiled, and reassembled. Mouthpiece is cleaned and sanitized. Excessive dents or frozen slides are additional. Internal cleans do not include polishing of silver or raw brass.
French horns also include Rotor string replacement, leveling keys, and replacement of rotor stop cork or rubber. Play condition does not include the removal of large dents or the correction of frozen slides and are an additional service. Typical turnaround time for this procedure is 2 to 5 days plus approval time if necessary.
There are many times that your woodwind instrument is not playing properly and may be a simple repair that can often be done while you wait. However many repairs can be more extensive to put the instrument into playing condition.
Every pad will be checked for leakage, any missing key corks or felt silencers will be replaced, spring tension will be checked, bent screws and rods will be replaced if necessary and the joints will be checked for tightness. Bent keys are straightened and minor dents removed. All key mechanisms will be oiled and every key will be adjusted, leveled, and regulated. Your instrument will then be play tested.
General rule of thumb, if less than half the pads need to be replaced, your instrument can usually be put into good playing condition. If more than half of the pads need to be replaced, it’s more cost effective and your instrument will play better if it is completely re-padded or mechanically overhauled. Typical turnaround time to put your horn in playing conditioning is 2 to 5 days.
This service will include the above play conditioning as well as the replacement of All of the pads and corks. This usually takes approximately 5-7 days.
- Instrument is taken apart; all keys will be fit to their rods and between the posts. Any worn hinge tubes will be adjusted to fit he rod or if the post are also worn, new hinge rods may be utilized to fit the post and the old key refit to the new hinge rod. Key sections are then fit between pivot screws.
- All old pads and corks are removed from keys.
- Tone holes faced to remove nicks and making them as level as possible.
- Instrument will then be cleaned with special solutions depending on the type and condition of the instrument.
- All key bumpers, pads, corks and felts will then be fit and installed with a special adhesive that will not fail under extreme conditions.
- Your instrument is then reassembled. All rods, screws and hinge tubes are lubricated with a special lubricant, and all keys are leveled over their tone holes. Rough adjustments are then made.
- Keys are then clamped for a light impression and your instrument is then heated and left to sit for a few hours to seat the pads. It is then unclamped and play tested.
- Your instrument is then double checked to remove any pin hole leaks that might have occurred during the settling of the pads. Any final adjustments are then made.
- Your instrument is once again play tested.