Clarinet Repairs

Repairs Materials: Ebonite / ABS-resin clarinets (plastic) We use Lucien Deluxe Pads: Yellow, double bladder skin pads with specially treated pressed felt. Wooden clarinets (optional) We use Deluxe Waterproof Mypads: Waterproof tan leather pads with deluxe pressed felt. Blue tempered needle springs and fine quality imported felt and corks.

Putting your clarinet back together is the most labor-intensive part of the setup process. Each key is meticulously reassembled. The pads are leveled and diligently checked for any potential leaks, one pad at a time. The key venting is optimized for even sonics and accurate intonation. The pad height is set to your personal specifications. And the spring tension is adjusted for an even feel and quick action.

Finally your clarinet is play-tested and spot-checked for accurate intonation. Enjoy the confidence of knowing your clarinet is being set up by a shop whose staff actually plays the instruments they work on! 

Repairs charged @ R575.00 per hour, with a minimum charge of R300.00 including VAT.

Emergency Repairs:
Done while you wait, re-straightening, re-alignment to bent keys, re-seating pads, replacement of spring, etc. charged @ R720.00 including VAT per hour.

NB. The prices below are a rough guide. An accurate estimate will be given once the instrument is assessed and work will commence once approved.

A/Bb/Eb Clarinet - Student R960 - R1,560

  - Pro

R1,650 - R2,400
Alto Clarinet - Student/schools R1,800 - R2,400
  - Pro R2,450 - R3,150
Basset/Bass Clarinet - Student R2,400 - R3,000
  - Pro R3,600 - R4,000
Contra Bass Clarinet R4,000 - R4,850

Check and adjust. Repair as necessary, re-straightening and re-alignment to keys etc. replace 1 or 2 pads, springs, corks, General tightening and securing to keys, pivot screws and shafts.


MAJOR SERVICE: Charges Include Vat
A/Bb/Eb Clarinet - Student R2,400 - R3,000
  - Pro R3,850 - R5,000
Alto Clarinet - Student/schools R2,800 - R3,800
  - Pro R4,500  -R5,500
Basset/Bass Clarinet- Student R5,500 - R6,850
  - Pro R7,500  -  R8,500
Contra Bass Clarinet R8,500 - R9,500

Check, adjust and repair as necessary. Removing keys, re straightening and re alignment. Removing all corrosion and foreign matter from tone holes. Cleaning and polishing of keys. Replacing 6 - 8 pads, springs and corks as necessary. Assemble and lubrication.


REPAD/OVERHAUL : Charges Include Vat
Bb/Eb Clarinet (ebonite, plastic resin bodies) R4,500 - R5,150
(wooden, granadilla bodies) - Pro R5,750 - R6,750
Alto Clarinet R8,500 - R9,500
Basset Horn R10,500 - R12,000
Bass Clarinet (extending to low Eb) R10,500 - R12,000
Bass Clarinet (extending to low C) R12,500 - 14,000
Contra Bass Clarinet R14,500 - R16,000

COMPLETE STRIPPING OF INSTRUMENT: Removal of all keys, worn pads, old corks and springs. Complete keywork and tightening i.e.: swedging worn hinge tubes and removal of any play between pillars. Hand burnishing methods that restore the action to a like-new performance level. For very old clarinets or badly worn keys, a new set of silver steel shafts may be fitted. All tone holes are checked and correctly leveled where necessary. On wooden bodies all cracks are filled or pinned and the entire bore is oiled.

A thorough cleaning and polishing of all keys, rods, pivot screws, tone holes, body surfaces and bore is done. Replacement of all springs, corks, felts and pads. Keywork is carefully balanced, regulated and aligned. Instrument is then reassembled and lubricated.