Bassoon Repairs

Here is a guide to the different bassoon repair and maintenance services I offer. I charge by the hour rather than offering fixed rates as I have found that this is a fairer and more economical system. I will always give you an accurate estimate when I have seen the instrument, before commencing work. Phone or email me for further details or an estimate.

General Repairs and Maintenance

Minor Service: Brush off dust, clean tenons, replace 2-3 pads, recork keys as required, general clean up, oil and regulate, test play.
General Service: Remove all keywork, clean up keys and body, remove old oil from keywork, clean  and seal speaker/thumb tubes, repair tone holes and replace 4-8 pads as required, recork keys and tenons as required, straighten any bent keys, remove excess play in keywork, oil and regulate, test play.
Full Overhaul: As for general service, plus completely dismantle instrument, polish keys,  oil bore, replace all pads and recork all keys and tenons.

Miscellaneous Services

Broken Tenon: Snapped your instrument in half? Oops – well don’t despair, I can repair! Glueing the broken bits back together never lasts. I make a replacement section that fits well inside the broken joint for maximum strength. The bore of the new part is then carefully matched up with the existing bore and a new tenon turned and corked (with metal tip if required). The repair is invisible, permanent and as strong as the original. A fair old job but cheaper than scrapping the instrument!
Rotten Wood: This can be a problem on bassoons, particularly on the low G sharp hole. I remove all traces of rotten wood, make a tapered ebonite plug to fit, then hand shape a new tone hole onto the plug and file and shape the inside to match the bore. Tone hole and bore are then varnished to further protect from moisture.
Broken Keys: Clean up the broken surface, carefully align and silver solder. The solder joint is then filed, sanded and polished so that in most cases the repair is invisible.
Tuning: Tuning work is always done with the customer testing as I work. A combination of adjusting pad clearances and hole sizes greatly improves intonation. I use my own special recipe black wax for making holes smaller. The wax has excellent adhesion to the wood and is  usually invisible.



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