Having a well designed and maintained instrument is absolutely crucial to proper musical development. Each note needs to play clearly and in tune with minimum effort. It is disheartening, especially when learning, to play on an instrument that leaks.
The tables below give an idea of the work carried out and the cost. It is sometimes difficult to quote precisely without seeing the instrument or it may just need a "tweak" which can often be done while you wait. If you bring your instrument into the workshop I can advise on any work it needs and tailor it to your budget.

  • Basic service: £45
  • Full service: from £65
  • Repad: from £140
  • Overhaul: POA
I generally use L.Pisoni standard pads. Deluxe pads can be ordered on request.

ProcessBasic ServiceFull ServiceRepadOverhaul
Dismantle the instrument
Polish body and keys 
Remove dents, straighten body  
Check springs and tension springs
Replace springs as required (up to 2 on full service) 
Replace Pads  
Replace 2 pads (extra pads charged individually)   
Fit tenon joints to ensure smooth airtight fit 
Check and grease head cork  
Replace headcork  
Replace all key corks    
Replace key corks as required 
Clean hinge tubes & oil
Check rods and hinge tubes for bends, correct
Re-align bent keywork
Seat pads using paper shims 
Swedge key-work and countersink point screws to remove wear   
Regulate keywork and adjust height of action
Final test
Clean case 

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