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Woodwind Repair Services*

Updated May 23, 2021

Woodwinds are very delicate instruments with a multitude of movable parts. Each individual tone hole and pad must be able to seal properly for the instrument to play properly.

We offer a variety of services to insure your instrument will play the way it was designed to from making simple adjustments to complete overhaul and rebuilds of the instrument. When you get your instrument back from Harris Band Instrument it will be right! 

Below are price estimates for our services. Please keep in mind these are estimates only and to be used as a rough guide. They may not reflect your exact situation.  

Clean, Oil & Adjust (COA) 

The Clean, Oil & Adjust is a common servies that should be completed on any woodwind instrument every 12 to 18 months depending on how much the instrument is being used. 

Complete Overhaul / Repad

A complete overhaul / repad for a woodwind instrument should be completed every 5-10 years for the smaller woodwinds such as the flute and clarinet. Larger instruments which use leather pads such as saxophones, basoons and some larger members of the clarinet family should receive this service every 8 to 15 years depending on how much the instrument is used. 
Clarinet Plastic Clarinet  Wood Clarinet  Alto and Bass Clarinet Contra Clarinets
Clean, Oil & Adjust  $40 - $100 $50 - $110 $80 - $200 $120 - $300
Overhaul / Repad*** $150 $180 $450 - $550 $600 - $1000
Flute & Piccolo  Flutes  Plastic and Metal Piccolos Wood Piccolos 
Clean, Oil & Adjust $40 - $100 $50 - $120 $50 - $120
Overhaul / Repad*** $180 $220 $250
Saxophones Alto Tenor Baritone Soprano
Clean, Oil & Adjust  $70 - $250 $80 - $300 $100 - $350 $70 - 300
Overhaul / Repad*** $600 - $1065 $700 - $1175 $900 - $1490 $600 - $1040
Double Reeds Oboe  English Horn  Bassoon
Clean, Oil & Adjust $70 - $150 $100 - $200 $75 - $200
Overhaul / Repad*** $350 - $500 $500 - $700 $650 - $1000
*All prices on this list are considered to be an accurate range of estimates. The final price of any repair will be reflected on the final invoice. 

**Missing or defective parts that are not commonly replaced or kept in stock may have to be ordered directly from the manufacture. The cost of any special part will be displayed as a separate line item on the invoice and is not included in the estimates listed above.

  ***Cost of an overhaul is considered an estimate only. The final cost will be based on the condition of the instrument upon arrival, make and model including age of the instrument. The choice of the type of pad and resonators may affect the final price. Re-lacquering and refinishing is not included in the cost of an overhaul/ repad.

FAQ concerning band instrument repairs and COVID-19

As of 4/30/2021 all staff members at Harris Band Instruments have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Harris Band Instruments is taking all provisions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 including following procedures recommended by the CDC and the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair technicians (NAPBIRT)

https://napbirt.org/page/COVID-19_Resources 

Can anything be sterilized?

Anything that has been “Sterilized” means it is 100% free of any type of pathogen. Sterilization is a very specific medical procedure and is not under ANY situation a service we can offer. Even if an item is sterilized in a medical setting the moment it is exposed to the air, it's no longer sterile. Thus sterilized items are always placed in very special packaging. Using the word "sterilize" is inaccurate, it's also unethical and intentionally misleading. Therefore Harris Band Instruments does not refer to any instrument or any procedure we perform as being sterile.

What are Ultrasonic cleaners and are they effective against pathogens such as COVID-19?

Ultrasonic cleaners are machines that submerge an instrument in a vat of mostly water with a few mild chemicals and blast the instruments with extremely high frequency sound waves in order to remove any “crud” that may accumulate on the inside of the instrument. Their benefit is they clean instruments very quickly and is the reason why many band instrument repair shops have invested in ultrasonic machines. However the solution used does absolutely nothing to destroy pathogens such as COVID-19 as it is mostly water. In order to destroy the virus a strong concentration of soap and water is needed. Just as washing your hands with soap and water is recommended to protect yourself from the virus, we use soap and water to clean and protect your instruments.

I've heard of pad mites, what are they?

Pad mites are a small insect that is known to enter instrument cases and destroy the felt that makes up the pads. Technically they are a species of carpet beetles which are extremely common in the southeastern United States. These insects serve a function as they will eat fibrous plant material and help speed up the natural decay process. 

However when it comes to woodwind instruments the last thing we want is for these critters to get into our cases. The eggs can lay dormant for years, but when the conditions are just right (humidity & temperature combined with darkness) they will eventually hatch. Then the larvae form will begin consuming the felt that makes up the pad and any other materials such as silencing felts and the material that makes up the lining of the case. Once the larvae have eaten enough they molt into adults leaving a shell that was the outer layer of their body. These are what we usually find in the cases. Finding a live beetle in its larvae form is nearly impossible. In my 25 years I’ve only found 2 and I see instrument cases every day. Finding an adult is even harder as they move fast and can fly. Just not very well.    

If you are finding specs of white dust in your case near the pads, the pads look like they have chunks taken out of them, or your bumper felts have holes going through them you have carpet beetles in your case. Our recommendation is for you to have your instrument thoroughly cleaned and replace any damaged pads or felts. We also highly recommend you replace the case.