Repair Rates

Basic Categories of Repair

PLAY CONDITION entails doing what is necessary to get the horn to play top to bottom. There may still be a few leaks, lost motion etc.

REPAD/ADJUST includes leveling toneholes & keypans, keyfitting (swedging), etc.

OVERHAUL includes some dentwork, resoldering, silverplate polishing which would entail a full overhaul price.  Instruments in very poor condition may have frozen screws, bent keys, bent body and a variety of other time-consuming problems that would be an extra cost above the overhaul price.

Please note that the prices below are guidelines only:

TypePlay ConditionRepad/AdjustOverhaulMaterial PriceInstallationAdditional Info 
Sax - Soprano$105$550$650
Sax Alto - Student$85$450$550
Sax Alto - Pro/Vintage$105$550$650
Sax C-Mel$105$550$650
Sax Tenor - Student$105$500$600
Sax Tenor - Pro/Vintage$150$550$700
Sax Bari - Student$125$550$700
Sax Bari - Pro/Vintage$175$750$850
Piccolo - Student$35$175$225
Piccolo - ProNA$200$260
Flute - Student$65$150$275
Flute - Open Hole$85$255$355
Flute Pro Open HoleNA$600no adjust screws
Clarinet - Wood$55$250$330
Alto Clarinet - Plastic$55$285$460
Alto Clarinet - Wood$55$345$520
Bass Clarinet - Plastic$55$420$600
Bass Clarinet - Wood$55$470$650
Tenon Cork$5$20
Neck Cork$5$20
Neck Cork - While you wait$5$30
Crown Cork$5$16
Flute Pad$4$6
Clarinet Pad$3$5
Cork Pad$4$6
Leather Pad$4$6
Re-spring a sax$175
Tear down (remove all keys), clean, rebuild and oil Sax$175

Additional Fees

  • Kangaroo pads are $50 extra for sax repad
  • Custom fitting oversized resonators is $37.50 additional
  • Additional fees may apply to LeBlanc Rationales, Semi-rationales, Holton Wiedoefts, and Conn 28M’s
  • Expedited repairs and repairs while you wait may cost extra

I ask for 50% payment upfront for Repads and Overhauls. My hourly rate is, optimistically, $50/hour.

Sax Repad / Refurb / Overhaul: Package Services

WEAR-OUT WILLIE: Repad and recork the following 7 keys: Palm Keys (D, Eb, F): Hi E; G#; Low Eb; Low C. These keys are most exposed to moisture and most prone to needing replacement $149

FREDDIE THE FREELOADER: Same as the above, plus 3 or 4 additional keys, typically: Side F#; Side C; Side Bb: Bb bis $189

LOW-END LOUIE: Hot Rod the low end of your horn with new pads, oversized resos and larger key height openings… as intonation permits. This could include lower stack keys, and everything below: D#, C, C#, B and/or Bb:
MusicMedic Precision pads $99
Roo pads $129
Roo Pads w/ oversized Resos $149

VOICING: Improve the intonation and dynamics of your horn. This may entail adjusting the key height openings, installing pads with resonators. The object is to make your horn play in tune and to make the dynamics even across the range of the horn instead of some notes being stuffy. This can be real time consuming, making small adjustments and then testplaying your horn, over and over and over and over. Does not include using crescents to remedy intonation problems due to a poorly engineered horn. $149

All services offered as opportunity exists.

MOUTHPIECE TRIAL RETURN POLICY– The buyer plays shipping costs both ways and there is a 10% restocking fee.  The mouthpiece must be returned within 7 days with no cosmetic damage or wear marks…e.g. no tooth marks or ligature marks.