Frequently Asked Questions on Musical Instrument Repairs

People sometimes need help deciding on something – whether it be on a purchase, paint color, etc.

For those wanting to get their musical instruments repaired or maintained, a list of questions most often answered by technicians is outlined below to give you a better understanding. If your question is not included in the list, it is best to visit your nearest musical instrument center and shoot them your queries.

Can an instrument be fixed within the day?

The turnaround time for a repair depends on the severity of the damage. Simple repairs like a need to solder parts, are usually quick and easy and would not require hours of work.

For instruments that need major repairs, the technician needs to evaluate it and check the parts that need replacement. The cost estimate will be provided, and if the parts are available, work can be started right away, except when the technician is working on another instrument. Rest assured that instrument repairmen do their best to finish repair jobs at the soonest possible time.

How much will I pay for an instrument repair?

The cost of the repair depends on the kind of instrument and problem. The cost estimate is based on the following factors:

  1. Cost of part/s
  2. Extent of damage
  3. Size of the instrument
  4. Disassembly and assembly
  5. Time it takes to do the repair

How often should the instrument be brought to a technician for maintenance?

Have it checked at least once a year. Some repair shops offer free check-ups once a year. If a musician feels his instrument is not working properly, then it is due for a check-up. Prolonging the problem can cause bigger problems.

Can you clean my instrument?

Sometimes it is best to have the technician decide the best course of action. If you’re one who practices proper instrument handling, it’s likely it’s not dirt that’s causing the bad quality of its sound.

Will you use an instrument’s mouthpiece to check if it’s working?

Technicians have their own mouthpieces for testing purposes. Some instrument owners are sensitive to the thought of others using their mouthpiece.

Also, a technician using a properly working mouthpiece can tell if there’s a problem with the instrument’s mouthpiece upon testing it.

Is it okay to buy used instruments and have a technician check for any problems?

There is a high risk that used instruments already have existing problems. You might think you have saved a good amount of money, but you might end up spending more if the instrument has major issues. The same thing is true for imported instruments. It’s always best to buy known brands from reputable stores. An instrument is an investment, so don’t waste your money on cheap items.

Should I repair my instrument? I’m good at fixing things.

You may know your instrument inside and out but if you do not have the training and skill to fix it, it’s best to entrust your prized possession to an expert. You may incur a bigger repair cost later on if you tinker with it as compared to letting a technician do his job.