Oboe & Bassoon Repairs

Oboes are padded with fine quality cork pads. For Bassoons we use Lucien Deluxe Waterproof Mypads: leather pads with deluxe pressed felt. Blue tempered needle springs and fine quality imported felt and corks.

At Musicraft, when we replace pads, we always meticulously prepare the surface of the tone hole by leveling, filling and polishing, eliminating any open grain to produce a perfect surface and ensuring an airtight seal. We use only the finest quality cork.

Putting your instrument 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 instrument is play-tested and spot-checked for accurate intonation. Enjoy the confidence of knowing your instrument is being set up by our staff who actually play the instruments they work on!

Repairs charged @ 575.00 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.


OBOES Charges Include Vat
Simplified system R1,250 - R1,850
Modified system R1,500 - R2,500
Professional R2,500 - R3,500
Student R1,500 - R2,500
Professional R2,500 - R3,500

Check and adjust. Repair as necessary, re-straightening and re-alignment to keys etc. Re-seating pads, regulating & balancing key work. Re-setting adjustment screws. General tightening and securing to keys, pivot screws and shafts.



 OBOES Charges Include Vat
Simplified system R2,400 - R3,200
Modified system R4,000 - R6,000
Professional R7,500 - R9,500
Student R6,000 - R8,000
Professional R7,500 - R9,500

This entails restoring instrument to a good responsive condition. Removing keys, removing all corrosion and foreign matter, cleaning tone holes etc.. Cleaning and polishing, regulating, resetting and alignment of keys and action. Replacing pads, springs and corks as necessary. Assemble and lubricate. Re setting adjustment screws and general tightening.



OBOES Charges Include Vat
Simplified system R5,500 - R6,500
Modified system R8,500 - R10,000
Professional R12,500 - R14,000
Student R10,500 - R12.000
Professional R12,500 - R14,000

Many factors control the cost of overhauling an oboe/bassoon: Age, condition, make and model, customizing etc… An inspection of the oboe/bassoon is essential in order to assess the extent of work needed and to give an accurate quotation.

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 oboes/bassoons 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.