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.
“Richard has always provided a fast, efficient, reliable and thoroughly competent repair service for all my clarinets.”
Peter DaviesSub-Principal ClarinetBBC Symphony Orchestra
“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!”
“Thank you again for a most easy purchase of a couple of dynamite instruments… What wonderful instruments. And what wonderful maintenance they have received. They play wonderfully and they play like new. The English horn is better than either of my present horns, and this even with the low Bb extension. Thank you for making this such an easy purchase.”
“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.”
“…having a repairer who is reliable, conscientious, and above all, understanding, is an absolute requirement and I can recommend Richard’s work without hesitation. Richard has always insisted on my fully testing the instrument on collection to ensure any problems that may still exist are then resolved to my complete satisfaction, and this is a very reassuring aspect of his service.”
Edward KayPrincipal OboeBournemouth Symphony Orchestra
“Oboe arrived today. It is indeed a first class instrument in every respect! Thank you.”
“I could not be happier with the work Richard has done on my oboe. He was enormously helpful and took the time to work with me to find the best solutions possible. His work is of a high quality that I know I can rely on to last”
Shefali PryorAssociate Principal OboeSydney Symphony
“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 …
“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!”