About The Workshop
We are proud to offer a high quality repair department where Helen, our highly-trained technician can repair, service and overhaul your Clarinet or Flute
From complete rebuilds to just simple "on the spot" adjustments, all welcome.
Meet Helen Cordes, our in-house Technician
Helen first developed an interest in instrument repair while studying abroad at the University of North Texas as part of a BMUS in Clarinet Performance, where she spent two semesters learning the basics of Woodwind & Brass Repair.
Following the completion of her degree, she continued studying for a further three years on the Woodwind Making & Repair course at Newark College, graduating with Distinction in 2008.
Since then, she has continued to develop her skills working as a full time woodwind technician in three well-respected workshops before joining us in 2018.
Clarinet & Flute workshop operates a booking system to ensure that your repair is completed as soon as possible, reuniting you with your instrument in the shortest possible time. If you have a timescale please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate it.
Levels of Service
End of Year Checkover
If you purchased your instrument from us, we offer a free check over at the end of the first year to ensure that your instrument is in good working order.
This includes a light clean, oiling of the mechanism, check of the pads seating and general adjustments throughout the instrument.
This can usually be completed within a day as long as it has been booked in advance
General Playing Order
When a full service is not required or affordable a GPO will get your instrument into good working order, including:
- Pad seating checked throughout
- Adjustments & regulation checked
- Worn/broken/missing corks & felts replaced
- Mechanism oiled
- A light clean
All GPO’s are individually assessed and quoted for on a time taken basis at a rate of £50 per hour.
This is your general MOT for your instrument. The level of use of your instrument will determine how frequently you will need a full service. For a new instrument we recommend getting a full service at around 18 months to 2 years. Generally after this you can expect to service your instrument every year to 18 months.
Regular services will keep your instrument in tip top condition and will help to avoid costly repair bills!
A Full Service includes:
- Full strip down, clean & polish of the key work & body
- Clean mechanism, strip & clean pinned mechanism
- Straighten bent key work
- Replace worn pads & re-seat pads
- Replace worn corks & felts
- Re-felt key work
- Oil mechanism
- Balance & regulate instrument throughout
Service costs will vary depending on the make and model of your instrument plus how much work is required. An accurate quote can be given once we have seen and assessed the instrument.
This is the highest level of service we offer. This puts your instrument into ‘as new’ condition.
Work included is the same as a general service plus:
- All pads replaced
- All corks & felts replaced
- Tone holes rebuilt as necessary
- All tenon corks replaced (as necessary)
Different pad options are available, please call us to discuss your requirements.
We also offer small repairs individually:
- Tenon Cork Replacement – £10 per cork
- Mouthpiece Re cork – £8 per cork
- Change Cork On Headjoint – £10
- Tenon Refitting – from £15