Repairs and Services

Prices effective 1/12/2022 until 1/12/2023

Standard Rate, Minimum Service Charge and Free Service:

Standard shop rate is $156 per hour.  I'll be happy to provide you with an estimate before work is begun.

There is a minimum service charge of $39 for repairs that can be done on the spot or take less than 15 minutes labour.


Don't break out the Vise-Grips or pliers!! - a stuck mouthpiece will always be removed for free!

Professional Cleaning:

The time to service an instrument can vary widely. An instrument that is in top working order and only needs a clean takes significantly less time than one that has stuck slides, slide alignment problems, heavy denting and heavy lime scale buildup.

The prices below provide a rough estimate for what a service will cost and do not include costs of parts and materials, such as waterkey seals and valve felts; it is for instruments that arrive in generally good and operating order and have only minor dents. Actual charge is based on the time taken for the service and replacement part costs.  Service includes:

  • Full disassembly and degreasing
  • Full ultrasonic and/or chemical cleaning of the instrument and mouthpiece
  • Inspection of springs and valve guides
  • Replacement of felts as needed and alignment of valves (additional material costs not included)
  • Restringing of rotor valves
  • Replacement of waterkey corks and springs as necessary (additional material costs not included)
  • Alignment of trombone handslides and replacement of cork barrel bumpers and floor bumper tips (additional material costs not included)
  • Removal of dents from trombone main tuning slides and goosenecks
  • Alignment of trumpet 1st and 3rd slides
  • Dent removal from easily accessed areas such as bells, bell stems, valve crooks and valve knuckles
  • Reassembly and lubrication
  • Quick polish of silver plated instruments (bell and open surfaces)
  • mouthpiece dent removal and polish
  • blow clean case 

Extra charges for badly stuck slides, difficult or major dent work, soldering, heavy tarnish or detailed silver polishing, case repair, additional parts, etc...

Noisy rotor valves can have many issues that take time to correct. Not all valves may have all the same problems. The following are procedures and price estimates for services offered to keep rotor valves running at their best:

  • Replace rotor bumpers and align valves: $13-19.50/valve plus material cost
  • Tighten bearings: $13-19.50/valve
  • Removal of rotor end play: $26/valve


Typical costs for clean and service shown below (discounts provided if your instrument is regularly maintained at DBR, in excellent condition or if minimal dent work is required)

Trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn:

  •  $165

Tenor Horn:

  • $185

Trombone - alto, tenor or bass:

  • Slide only: $130
  • Straight: $185
  • 1 rotor: $215
  • 2 rotor: $260

French Horn:

  • Single: $195
  • Double: $250
  • Triple: $325

Baritone or Euphonium:

  • 3 valve: $190
  • 4 valve: $240


Prices below are for 3 valved instruments.  Add $40.00 for each additional valve (for example, charges for large 6/4 sized tuba with 5 valves would be $435).

  • 3/4 BBflat, CC, EEflat, or F: $250
  • 4/4 BBflat or CC: $290
  • 5/4 and 6/4 BBflat or CC: $355

    Silver Polishing:

    Detailed silver polishing is available. This involves ragging the instrument to a bright finish and getting into all those nooks and crannies. Prices listed are a typical cost estimates for the time it takes to hand polish most instruments. A lightly tarnished straight trombone can be polished in about 10 minutes whist a lightly tarnished large tuba can easily take two hours or more to just cover all surfaces. Heavily tarnished surfaces can take much more time. Time investment for polishing can vary so please ask for a quote:

    • Trumpet: $52+ (20 min. +)
    • Horn: $117+ (45 min. +)
    • Trombone: $39+ (15 min +)
    • Euphonium: $117+ (45 min +)
    • Tubas: $156+ (1 hour +)