Repairs and Services

Prices effective 1/12/2022

Standard Rate, Minimum Service Charge and Free Service:

Standard shop rate is $144 per hour.  I'll be happy to provide you with an estimate before work is begun.

There is a minimum service charge of $36 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 give the basic 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 operational order and minor dents. Actual charge is based on the time taken for the service and replacement parts.  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 as necessary (additional material costs not included)
  • Alignment of trombone handslides and replacement of cork barrel bumpers (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 larger 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...

 

Noisey 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 prices for services offered to keep rotor valves running at their best:

  • Replace rotor bumpers and align valves: $12/valve plus material cost
  • Tighten bearings: $12/valve
  • Removal of rotor end play: $18/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:

  •  $155

Tenor Horn:

  • $170

Trombone - alto, tenor or bass:

  • Slide only: $120
  • Straight: $170
  • 1 rotor: $200
  • 2 rotor: $240

French Horn:

  • Single: $180
  • Double: $230
  • Triple: $300

Baritone or Euphonium:

  • 3 valve: $175
  • 4 valve: $220

Tuba:

Prices below are for 3 valved instruments.  Add $35.00 for each additional valve (for example, charges for large 6/4 sized tuba with 5 valves would be $395).

  • 3/4 BBflat or CC, EEflat, and F: $230
  • 4/4 BBflat or CC: $265
  • 5/4 and 6/4 BBflat or CC: $325

    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 cost guideline for instruments without extreme tarnish or difficult detail work. Final price based on time invested:

    • Trumpet: $40+
    • Horn: $100+
    • Trombone: $30+
    • Euphonium: $100+
    • Tubas: $120+