Fully agreed. Thankfully our repairer to the "gods" in Sydney do awesome work - just priced out of reach fr most apart from the professionals and a rare few.You have to know when to stop,
We have a repairer here in perth who thinks he is the repairer to the gods, he charges 800 to repad a clarinet (I charge 150) and thousands to do a sax, many times instruments are brought to me in boxes that have been sitting with this repairer for yrs.
By the time they get to me, they are stuffed because of his shoddy workmanship
Example I have a baritone sax that he pulled apart for a customer 3 yrs ago, only now after legal action and threats has the customer finally gotten it back, every key needs to be rebuilt, every rod needs to be replaced, there is nothing good left on this sax, there are bags with posts in them
You need to know when to stop and say cant do this.
Therefore a job for the professionals. How do you charge for something like that?To repair a bell lip is 90 percent skill and 10 percent tools, the 10 percent tools are expensive, you could use a ferees dent centre, costs about 2300 aud landed, you could use a votaw dent centre costs about 1400 aud landed, or you could use boehms shaped mandrels, an alto unit would cost about 600 aud landed
Matt Stohrer made it look easy. I'm sure there is a good level of skill involved, as breathing for those who have metal work basics fr high school - akin cookery or sewing classes. The judgement involved will be how big a hole to use. The kink is barely noticeable to the eye however unmistakeably there when one runs one's finger along the hinge tube. ... and - enough to freeze shut the Vise/vice Bb and corresponding lever arm. A result of which Bb and A becomes the same note.Straightening a rod can be achieved with a battery drill and a hole in your hammer, most of my hammers have various sized holed drilled into the handle for this purpose
It is far easier but just to make another rod and cut a thread accordingly
Straightening a hinge tube is a knack, its understanding how the metal will react as you bent it, overbend it, sometimes, very rarely you may have to follow up with a reamer, depends on how crushed a hinge tubing is.
Hiya Steve.Nice fingernail, how does one repair with nails like that. That's why I haven't... yet.
The kink is very noticeable, but you are also working with a solid tube there, not a hinged tube. I know matt he does good work
To repair something like that bell you charge by the hour, I estimate it would take me about an hr hr and a half to have it all rolled and smooth again, so that would be $60-$90, you may also need to relaquer the bell afterwards, so there will be a colour distortion
A post is dented in and I totally missed that! Seems that the point of impact was at least a foot long.It will not affect how the sax plays.
I suspect that because it's mis-aligned its binding on the pivot screws, or zap post has moved as well
To straighten simply tap it flat against a flat surface with a rawhide hammer
Hi- I'm looking to purchase a JLS Flute Station. While I'm aware of their shortcomings, I am hoping to retire soon and would like to set up a way to repair my own instruments. I own and play a number of flutes, but likely won't be able to afford my repair tech once I retire. I'm wondering if you would be interested in selling your flute station? Please let me know.Im really not a fan of the flute station, its beautifully made, and yes I have one and last time I used it was about 5 yrs ago (im guessing here but it would be close), and that was more for show and tell, but in reality it does not provide anything more than the most basic tools needed for most jobs, by buying it you limit the money spent to just flute repairs only, for the same money the tools you buy will allow you to repair flutes/trumpets/saxes etc..
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