Having a well designed and maintained instrument is absolutely crucial to proper musical development. Each note needs to play clearly and in tune with minimum effort. It is disheartening, especially when learning, to play on an instrument that leaks.
The tables below give an idea of the work carried out and the cost. It is sometimes difficult to quote precisely without seeing the instrument or it may just need a "tweak" which can often be done while you wait. If you bring your instrument into the workshop I can advise on any work it needs and tailor it to your budget.

  • Basic service: £45
  • Full service: from £85
  • Repad: from £250
  • Overhaul: POA
I use quality pads made by L.Pisoni. Either standard; with flat reflectors or deluxe; which have domed reflectors costing 20% more. I can order other styles of pads on request

ProcessBasic ServiceFull ServiceRe-padOverhaul
Dismantle the instrument 
Clean the body and keys (extra charge for plated) 
Remove dents, straighten body, realign bell   
Straighten misaligned pillars, resolder as required  
Level tone holes  
Check and re-tension springs
Replace springs as required (up to 2 on full service) 
Remove old pads 
Clean pads  
Level warped key cups  
Clean hinge tubes & oil
Check rods and hinge tubes for bends, correct
Replace all key corks    
Replace key corks as required 
Replace all pads, fix with shellac  
Replace 2 pads (extra pads charged individually)   
Seat pads, check pads
Swedge key-work and countersink point screws to remove wear   
Regulate key-work and adjust height of action
Fit crook 
Final test
Clean case 
Clean and sterilise mouthpiece 

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