Let’s get started

My name is Dave and I’m a band instrument repair technician. I make my living fixing peoples musical instruments, specifically, band instruments. That means trumpets, saxophones, tubas, trombones, flutes, french horns, clarinets, etc. I also do a bit of orchestral string repair.

In this blog I am going to be talking about my experiences repairing instruments with the hope that I can educate people. Whether you’re thinking of getting into the band repair trade, buying a new or used instrument, or just want to read about a not so common job, I hope that you will find this blog useful.



5 thoughts on “Let’s get started

  1. Please help me. I have played baritone sax for over 35 years. I am considering a bass sax purchase, and I found a good deal on a 1920s Buescher True Tone. It has soldered toneholes, but is in great shape. Some of my colleagues are warning me against soldered toneholes, all pro players tell me if the horn has been repaired properly(which it has), that it’s a great purchase. I love bass sax, and I trust the reputable business selling it, not just their professionalism and experience, but the quality of their work and and reputation. Please share your experiences working on Buescher True Tone Basses. Are these tonehole issues a chronic problem? Thank You.

    • This is a common problem, but not chronic once repaired. If the horn has been properly repaired, the soldered tone holes won’t be a problem. The reason they become an issue is because the solder just wears out and becomes brittle over the years( about 100 years at this point) and holes can form. Once the tone holes have been re-soldered, you won’t have any related problems for another hundred years.

      • Thank you very much for your advice. These horns from the 1920s-1940s just continue to amaze me with their build quality. I’ll bet that h=they can be a nightmare to fix sometimes.

      • The biggest pain is replacing every spring which usually needs to be done on horns of that age.

  2. Thanks for the info. This horn has been completely restored, only goes to Eb, but the tone and keywork is incredible. Almost impossible to believe it is 90 years old. I hope to be cremated with this thing after 35 more years of playing it.

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