Clarinet & Oboe Repair Services

Clean, Oil and Adjust (COA)

A professional COA is the single most important service for keeping your Clarinet or Oboe in top playing condition and every instrument should have a COA once a year. The procedure involves complete disassembly of the instrument. The body joints, bell and barrel are thoroughly cleaned with deposits removed and wood elements are lightly oiled with bore oil as required. The keys are cleaned as well as possible without disturbing pads and bumpers. Springs are tested and replaced if necessary.* The tenon corks are tested and replaced if needed. All pads and bumpers are examined and replaced as needed.* All mechanisms (including rods, rod screws, pivot screws, rollers and hinge tubes) are cleaned and oiled. Pads are re-shimmed as required to cover with a light touch. Key to key adjustment, key height and lost motion are all regulated to exacting standards. The instrument is then thoroughly play-tested for confirmation and re-adjusted as necessary.

Mechanical Restoration

Often times Clarinets and Oboes that have seen many years of play, have been in long-term storage or have not received regular maintenance, will require a full mechanical restoration in order to play properly. With this procedure the instrument is completely disassembled and all of the keys, the body joints, bell and barrel are thoroughly cleaned with deposits removed. Wood elements are lightly oiled with bore oil as required. Tone holes are corrected as needed and faced true. Springs are tested and replaced as necessary.* All tenon corks are replaced. All pads, and key bumpers are replaced. All mechanisms (including rod screws, pivot screws, and hinge tubes) are cleaned and oiled. Keys are refitted as needed on student model instruments and to exacting tolerances on professional quality instruments.* Pads are seated to cover with a light touch. Key to key adjustment, key height and lost motion are regulated to exacting standards. The instrument is then allowed to set, re-examined for regulation, and thoroughly play-tested for confirmation.

Repad

Repadding a Clarinet or Oboe involves complete disassembly of the instrument. Tone holes are corrected as needed and faced true. Springs are tested and replaced as necessary.* All pads and bumpers are replaced with the highest-grade materials. All mechanisms (including rod screws, pivot screws, rollers and hinge tubing) are cleaned and oiled. Pads are seated to cover with a light touch. Key to key adjustment, key height and lost motion are regulated to exacting standards. The instrument is then allowed to set, re-examined for regulation, and thoroughly play-tested for confirmation.

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Call Alex at 800.822.2157 or email [email protected] to schedule your appointment. Only very minor repairs can be completed “while you wait”.