Band Instrument Repairs
Del Sarlette is a graduate of Western Iowa Tech’s Band Instrument Repair program, class of 1974. He is a charter member of NAPBIRT (The National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians), and attends all of their national and regional clinics that his schedule allows.
Mike Odello, shop assistant with an emphasis on brass repair, has worked in various California music store repair shops since 1996, and joined our staff in 2008.
Besides PC (“play condition”) work on all woodwind, brass and percussion band instruments, our shop also offers full repads on flutes, clarinets, and saxes, plus ultrasonic or chemical “flushouts” on all brasses. Even though we don’t do complete overhauls on brass instruments in our shop, we do work with other shops that perform those projects, and will be happy to “job out” those repairs.
Current Repair Prices:
|Flute, Open-hole||$295.00 ("intermediate level" only)|
|Clarinet, Soprano - plastic||$195.00|
|Clarinet, Soprano - wood||$250.00|
|Sax, Alto (& Soprano)||$395.00*|
|Sax, Tenor (& C mel.)||$395.00*|
|Sax, Baritone||$695.00* ($795.00* with Low A)|
Woodwind repads include all new pads and corks, cleaning of body and keys, full regulation and play-test.
*Add $100.00 for silver saxophones. Extra charges may apply for "specialty" pads and/or resonators.
We now do most of our brass instrument flushouts with an ultrasonic cleaner
(some size and finish restrictions)
|Trumpet, cornet||$70.00 (Silver plated = $85.00)|
|Trombone, tenor||$75.00 (Silver plated = $85.00)|
|Trombone, rotor/bass/valve||$85.00 (Silver plated = $95.00)|
|Baritone/Euphonium||$70.00 (Silver plated = $100.00)|
|Baritone/Euphonium, 4 valve||$80.00 (Silver plated = $100.00)|
|French Horn, single||$70.00|
|French horn, double||$80.00|
|Tuba, 3/4 size||$80.00 (Silver plated = $95.00)|
|Tuba, concert - 3 valve||$90.00|
|Tuba, concert - 4 valve/rotor||$100.00|
Flushout" includes complete disassembly, chemical cleaning, replacement of felts and corks, lubrication of slides, valves and/or rotors. Also includes slide alignment and repair on trombones, any necessary valve repair on others. Part replacement, soldering, and dent removal is extra.
Finding Leaks in Brass Instruments
Examples of Our Work
|Hourly rates on "play condition" work:|
|$55/hr. if you watch|
|$55/hr. if you help|
|$60/hr. if you worked on it first|
|$65/hr. if you worked on it first and used "super glue"|
|$80/hr. if we have to listen to a concert of longer than 1 minute when you pick up your instrument.|
|We do 3 types of work in our shop - good, fast and cheap. You may choose any 2.|
|If you want it good and fast, it won't be cheap.|
|If you want it good and cheap, it won't be fast.|
|If you want it fast and cheap, it won't be good.|
Prices subject to change according to customer's attitude.