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Repairs

The Wind Section is pleased to have an association with The Workshop Edinburgh, offering a complete range of repair services for all brass and woodwind instruments. From a simple adjustment to a complete overhaul, the highly skilled team will keep your instrument in excellent working order.

All materials have been meticulously sourced to ensure superior results on every repair. Guaranteed estimates will be provided before work is started. Please do not hesitate to contact us or drop in if you have any queries.

Get in touch today on 0131 558 8600 or info@theworkshopedinburgh.com

 

Woodwind Instruments

Service – flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe & bassoon

To ensure your instrument plays to its full potential, we recommend that you have it serviced annually. A service involves the following procedures:

  • Dismantling all key-work.
  • Cleaning throughout, showing particular attention to posts, springs, tone holes and tenon joints.
  • All key-work is inspected, and any worn pads or cork are replaced (maximum 4/5 pads).
  • Tenon corks are inspected and repaired as necessary.
  • Key-work is aligned, fitted, and lubricated.
  • Each individual pad is levelled and seated.
  • Instrument is regulated and tested for air leaks.
  • Instrument is tested by an experienced player prior to dispatch.

Overhaul – flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe & bassoon

On inspecting your instrument, we can give advice on whether it simply requires some general maintenance or a complete overhaul. An overhaul involves the following procedures:

  • Complete disassembly and professional cleaning
  • minor dent work and soldering (as necessary)
  • key-work is aligned, fitted, and lubricated
  • tone holes are levelled and re-faced
  • key cups are levelled
  • springs are replaced when necessary and spring tension is adjusted
  • joints and tenons are precision-fitted
  • all pads, corks, and felts are replaced using premium materials
  • Instrument is regulated and adjusted to the player’s preference
  • Instrument is play tested by an experienced player

Woodwind Pricing Guide

Instrument 
Service From
Overhaul From
Piccolo £80 £210
Flute £80 £210
Clarinet (Eb/Bb/A) £80 £210
Clarinet (Alto/Bass) £125 £275
Bass Clarinet to low C £180 £375

Soprano/Alto/Tenor Saxophone

£175 £500
Baritone Saxophone £210 £550
Oboe £90 £200
Bassoon £200 £500

 

All other repairs are charged at an hourly rate of £40. These may include:

  • Re-corking of tenons
  • Key adjustments
  • Dent removal on a saxophone or flute
  • Regulation
  • Twisted key mechanism or bell assembly on a saxophone
  • Broken neck screw etc.

 

Brass Instruments

When you bring your instrument into the brass shop you have the opportunity to speak directly to the technician who will repair your instrument – repair estimates are free. We do everything from minor repairs to major overhauls including plating and lacquering.

We would recommend brass instruments get serviced once a year to maintain playability and as preventive maintenance. They also require cleaning and lubrication to prevent corrosion within the tubes. A sample of brass servicing includes the following procedures:

  • Complete disassembly & wash throughout.
  • Replacing all corks, felts and realignment of valves or rotors
  • Polish inner tuning slides to allow a smooth action.
  • All type of dent removal – price on application<
  • Repair of any dry solder joints
  • Straightening of any twisted stays or valve slides
  • Instrument tested by an experienced player

Brass Pricing Guide 

Instrument  Service From
Trumpet/Cornet £60
Flugel Horn £60
Trombone £60
Trombone (Bb/F) £75
Single French Horn £75
Double French Horn £90
Tenor Horn/Baritone £75
Euphonium 4v Comp £75
Tuba EEb/BBb £90

 

Re-lacquering and silver plating work can also be undertaken. Please call for a quote.

All other repairs are charged at an hourly rate of £40 plus materials.

A sample of these services are as follows:

  • Patching of worn brass
  • Valve repair
  • Silver soldering
  • Install water-key assembly
  • Supply & fit ducks foot to French horns
  • Shortening & lengthening of tubing for intonation
  • Install custom parts such as replacement lead-pipes

Meet The Workshop Team

Jonathan Griffin

Jonathan graduated from the prestigious Newark College in 1990. Following various repair posts in England, he moved to Scotland in 1995 where he ran the workshop for Kirkpatrick’s Musical Instrument Repairs. In 2000 Jonathan brought his skills to Edinburgh and has since built an enviable reputation with many of Scotland’s brass and woodwind players in both jazz and orchestral circles.

Ruth Prowse

Ruth studied saxophone performance at Napier University graduating with a first class BMus (hons) degree in 2005. After a spell of working freelance managing local bands and musicians, Ruth joined the team at The Wind Section in 2007 and has established herself as a fine woodwind repair specialist.