Available for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and all related instruments.
Repairs that take less than one hour can frequently be completed while you wait. This can include a tenon cork, a single pad or key cork, a single spring, basic adjustment, and some emergencies. Prices are usually $40 - $80.
This includes complete disassembly and thorough cleaning of your instrument's body, keys, and mechanisms. Any problems you have been having with your instrument will be addressed. This is a great time for me to replace a few worn out pads and corks. Prices are usually $240 - $520 for professional model instruments, and less for student models. I can inspect your instrument any time and give you an exact quote. I am usually scheduling this service a minimum of four weeks from now.
Repad and/or overhaul
This includes complete disassembly and thorough cleaning of your instrument's body, keys, and mechanisms. In addition, I will strip all of the pads, corks, and felts off the instrument and replace them with premium new materials. Any body work, soldering, springs, key work, hinge fitting, etc. that needs to be done will be completed as well. I can inspect your instrument any time and give you an exact quote for this. I am usually scheduling this service a minimum of four weeks from now. Downtime is usually 1-2 weeks.
Silver, gold, or nickel plating
I can have your instrument plated as an add-on to any overhaul. If you are interested in this, let me know and we can discuss pricing and timeline. Plating is an out repair, meaning that I send the parts to be plated to a professional plater located nearby in Los Angeles.
Let me know if you have any problem notes on your instrument. Sometimes I can alter the tuning slightly using various techniques.
Playing condition repairs
If your instrument needs a handful of minor things and you do not wish to do complete disassembly and cleaning, this is the service for you. Prices are usually $40 - $300 and I aim for fast turnaround.
Dent and crack repairs
I can fill and pin cracks, chips, and other body damage, and restore most dents.
If your keywork makes a lot of noise, there can be a lot of causes for this and I can address them all. This can include hinge fitting, oversize hinge fabrication, cleaning and oiling of your hinges, replacing worn out key bumpers, and replacing hard old pads.
I take a careful look at the body of the instrument, tone hole surfaces, pads, key geometry, and adjustment problems to create an air tight instrument.
I am Straubinger certified and can install Straubinger pads on your flute.