We offer several levels of service for your clarinet, including everything from playing condition repairs to complete overhauls. Have an alto, bass, or contra clarinet? We have years of experience repairing "big" clarinets, too!
All service levels include a full adjustment of the mechanism. A finely-adjusted clarinet ensures that key combinations work as they should. All of the alternate, bridge, and trill fingerings are checked and adjusted as needed.
Leaks and regulation
During this part of the service, pads are adjusted to seal the tone holes, key rings are aligned to the player's preference, and key heights are set to an even, appropriate clearance.
Cleaning the clarinet is cosmetically attractive but is also important to prevent the buildup of dirt, tarnish, and gunk. We use an environmentally safe but effective solution to clean your clarinet. During this procedure, tarnish is removed and all accessible parts are lightly polished by hand.
Extra polishing is available when the pads are being replaced. This is included in the overhaul price, but is available for an additional charge during a repad.
When we replace pads, we use pads of the correct size and thickness to ensure proper function. On PC and COA jobs, new pads (if needed) are selected to match the existing setup. Cork pads are available for an additional charge; this is an upgrade we recommend highly when overhauling your professional instrument. On repads and overhauls, we make sure that the tone holes are level for accurate pad seating.
Tenon cork replacement is included with every repad and overhaul, but is available on any service for a modest surcharge. We use a stronger, more durable adhesive than the factory – naturally, the corks we install will wear over time, but we’ve never had a tenon cork come back because the glue separated. Several instruments we routinely service have tenon corks we installed over 15 years ago and they’re still in excellent shape.
Body and work
Tenons themselves sometimes wear, crack, or chip. Our shop can perform all kinds of tenon, tone hole, and crack repairs. Clarinets that are broken in half can usually be repaired. For larger clarinets, we have specialized dent equipment to remove dents from any part of your neck or bell.
We also have a full range of soldering equipment, so we can repair any keys that need silver soldering, or install a custom extension onto an existing key.
As part of an overhaul, all loose play is removed. Without this, adjustments are not as accurate, and common symptoms of poor key fitting include sluggish action, noisy (metallic) action, and buzzing or other vibration during playing.
Swedging, post fitting
Each key is swedged tightly around its rod. Adjacent keys are lengthened and squared off to remove side-to-side play. Posts are aligned and worn post holes are shrunk as needed. Key barrels and rods are straightened and polished to ensure smooth, free action.
With our attention to detail and precise workmanship, your clarinet will play effortlessly throughout the full range and have lightest, quietest, most responsive action possible. Contact us today to get started!
I got my R-13 adjusted by @sfloridahorns and it plays beautifully once again. Scott Ankrom is GREAT.
Matt C. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
The horn plays great once again! Thank you!
Allan F. (Sunrise, FL)
I just wanted to let you know that I am in the midst of playing on the clarinets and (they) are great! Everything feels and sounds so much better. Thank you so much for all of your help. I really appreciate it!