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Misc Woodwinds Repair
couple of years ago I got a call from a guy asking if I could fix his
Octavin. While I was talking on the phone I googled
and then said yes (that’s an octavin at the top of the page).
After getting it in working order I had to figure out the fingering
system so I could play test it (sort of half saxophone and half
recorder). In truth, all types of woodwinds from all eras use
basically the same types of key mechanisms, materials (felt, cork),
and pads (flute style, clarinet style, sax leather style). If
have an unusual woodwind, I’d love to take a look at it for you!
Repair cost per hour: $80
It would seem that there’s not much to do on such
a simple instrument. Actually, there is.
- It’s a good idea to waterproof the windway, and the
best way to do that is to remove the fipple.
- The fipple
should be checked for being level and then the top should be
sealed. The sides of the fipple are waxed to create a seal
- The body
and head should be oiled inside and out.
- Replace tenon corks if
- If it has a key and pad, the
mechanism is checked for excess motion and corrected. Extra
thin leather pads are available in tan or white.