HAND FITTING SAX NECKS AND FLUTE
Offering a full range of
services for woodwind players,
from minor adjustments to major repairs and overhauls.
services on the page for each instrument.
Flute, Oboe & Clarinet
Recorders and other
is given a thorough inspection before a recommendation is made. There
is no charge for repair estimates.
Repairs as needed:
Most frequently that would include minor adjustments,
few pads and/or corks, or addressing immediate problems (such as a
Clean, Oil and Adjust:
When it’s necessary to take a major portion of the
the recommended service is a “clean, oil, and adjust”. There is a set
fee for this service for each type of instrument (with a lower cost for
The instrument is completely dismantled and cleaned,
the pivot points that will later be oiled. All of the corks and felts
are inspected and replaced as needed, all of the needed adjustments are
made, and all of the keys are oiled. The only additional charge is for
Unfortunately there’s no “industry standard” for the
and “overhaul. The Woodwind Shop offers overhauls as follows:
As the instrument is dismantled, each
key is hand fit so there is no excess motion. Any bent
keys are straightened, binding keys are freed. Tone
holes are leveled as needed.
All of the pads and corks are stripped off and the
keys are washed. Sax and flute bodies are
washed (and polished, if silver or gold); wood bodied
instruments are cleaned and oiled.
The correct size pads are fit to the cups. For saxes,
the old pads are saved to determine the correct size for the resonator.
A selection of resonators are available.
As the instrument is reassembled all of the corks and
replaced. For saxes and clarinets a generous portion of glue is used so
the pads can be “floated” into position. Thus very little pressure is
required to properly seat the pad. This insures a stable and long
Fine tuning includes fitting the flute head and foot
joints, and fitting sax necks.
SAX NOTE: It is common for sax necks to fit poorly,
resulting in an
uneven tone quality through the second register. Most noticeable is
that the second register D, F#, and A are somewhat stuffy. That is
corrected as part of the base overhaul price.
CLARINET NOTE: it is common that the rings are too
wide and prevent
the sections from joining without a seam. That is corrected. It is also
common that the bore in the upper joint does not precisely match the
barrel on the top and the lower joint on the bottom. That is also
Overhaul prices available on
I would like to
acknowledge the late Bob
Gilchrist as the Master of flute tenon fitting. I was privileged to
work with Bob in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 70’s.