“Full overhaul of old Puchner Bassoon, including a rotten boot joint and complete pad replacement. Excellent work, on time and with solid communication – very happy, thanks Richard!”
“Richard has always provided a fast, efficient, reliable and thoroughly competent repair service for all my clarinets.”
Peter DaviesSub-Principal ClarinetBBC Symphony Orchestra
“I was very, very pleased by both the instruments…the service and regulation of these oboes is outstanding. Your craftsmanship is as fine as any oboe expert in the United States, I only wish the freight to Oz was less costly or I would send you my horns regularly for service.”
“Richard is a brilliant technician who fully understands the importance of setting up an instrument to the highest professional standards.”
David CowleyPrincipal OboeBBC National Orchestra of Wales
“Richard’s experience and knowledge is evident in his extremely high quality work that he has done over the past year on my instruments. As a professional musician, having someone as outstanding as Richard to look after your instrument repairs is invaluable.”
David RowdenClarinet and Artistic DirectorSydney Omega Ensemble
“The oboe arrived safely today, and it is absolutely wonderful. I so appreciate everything that you both did to make the purchase such a pleasant experience. Your many answers to my many questions… were of enormous help in my decision making process. Now that I have seen and played the oboe, I can attest that everything Celia described about it is absolutely accurate. This oboe does indeed have a very sweet sound, and a sweet feel as well. The colors and key work are beautiful, and I do believ…
Richard’s woodwind repair work continues to be outstanding. Once again he has resurrected my old and tired Cor Anglais to a point where it feels almost new again. Precision re-corking, adjustments, thorough cleaning etc etc, it’s real quality work. Thank you.
“Thank you for your work on my bassoon. It certainly plays much more easily now than it has for as long as I can remember. … I can now sound the highest c, d and e flat without any trouble at all!”
Michael Julian Lew
“I’ve always found Richard’s work to be meticulous, thorough and fairly priced. You are aware from your first dealings with him that your instrument is in the hands of a phenomenally experienced repairer who will listen to your requirements and then act on them. His advice to me in the past has been invaluable.”
Maxwell SpiersCor AnglaisRoyal Ballet Sinfonia
“Thank you both so much for getting this instrument for me! It arrived this morning and it is unbelievably good. Gorgeous, and it likes my reed, and it doesn’t wobble on 2nd octave F-sharp on my reed! The sound is much less muted than my old oboe. The upper register actually projects and it seems to take the air very easily in the high registers! You have made my year.
Thanks again, I’ll be suggesting you guys and the Howarth instruments to anyone who asks. This is my first Howarth oboe …