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I  carry out repair work on all Woodwind instruments such as:

  • Bassoon, Contra Bassoon

  • Oboe, Cor Anglais, Oboe d'Amore, Bass Oboe, Heckelphone Sarrusophone etc.

  • Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, C Clarinet

  • Flute, Alto Flute, Wooden Flutes, Piccolos, Fifes

  • Soprano-, Alto-, Tenor Saxophone

  • Recorders


The prices for repairs vary a lot due to the work needed and it is only possible to give estimate prices for repairs. Work is charged on an hourly rate and discounts are given for labour intensive jobs that take longer - you pay for more hours, you get them cheaper! That includes batches of instruments.

For more details, please give me a ring on 09-814 1940 or 021-181 9269

More about repairing...

Repair Work is a vital part being a Woodwind Instrument maker. Throughout the years I came across various repair situations that challenged all my skills as Woodwind Instrument and Tool Maker.

Coming from Instrument Making rather than Repairing and with my own Flute production running, I am not shy to do repairs on instruments where other repair-technicians stop. Making a new key or even whole new Instrument parts, all that can be done.

Since I learned my Instrument Making skills on the Bassoon and the manufacture of it, Bassoon Repairs and complete overhauls are my speciality

Here are some examples of some special repair work that I did:

You get a description of what you see when you hover over the picture!

Flute Repairs, examples of Ripped pads that are hard to spot sometimes...

Ripped Flute Pad Small holes in Flute Pad

A damaged Lip-Plate of a wooden Flute head joint is fitted with a African blackwood Patch

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Making a missing Ab key from scratch

Nickel Silver key cup and keypart Keycup and keypart silver soldered together Key-Rod and key-cup part with the hole for the Key-rod Key-cup part and Rod assembled Key-cup part after silver soldering the key-rod and needle spring hook Handmade Roller key, cut out of sheet Nickel silver Cut out Raw key before filing and bending to the final shape Filed Roller key wih Roller and Roller-screw Assembled Roller Key before soldering onto key-rod Roller Key fixed with wire to the Key-rod before soldering Test-fit of the now silver soldered key before sanding and buffing Test-fit of the now buffed key Roller Key buffed to high sheen before Nickel plating Roller Key now Nickel plated and properly installed with Pad and key-corks The finished, Nickel plated Ab key All assembled and ready to play!

Repairing a broken Wing joint tenon on a wooden Bassoon

Broken Bassoon Tenon Bassoon Tenon repair Cutter Cutting Brass Tube seat All parts before assembly brass tube in wing joint brass tubing in tenon the finished job the finished job

Repairing a cracked and out of round Bell tenon on the same Bassoon:

The Original Tenon, cracked and out of round A custom turned wooden sleeve pushes the timber together and into a more round shape The cracks are now glued together and the timber is pushed close to round by the sleeve and a mallet A brass ring is turned to fit onto the skimmed down tenon The brass ring is then turned to the correct diameter Underneath the tenon cork, the former crack is still visible Here the same repaired crack visible from the inside The finished repaired tenon

Saxophone Pads are not properly glued in and cause leaks:

Not enough glue

Rotten Timber Repair

Bassoons can have rotten timber around the wooden bore in the boot joint where the gusset sits. Too much moisture and not enough care after playing the Bassoon can cause a lot of damage. Repairing is possible and can safe the whole instrument. The rotten timber is drilled or scraped out and the bore is then re-cast with Epoxy Resin...

Bassoon Boot-joint ready for casting Boot Joint ready for casting Epoxy resin is injected Epoxy Resin is injected Setting Resin Setting Resin