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Repair

Prices listed are based on instruments with normal wear and tear. Estimates will be provided before work is done. On rare occasions, the need for additional repairs may be uncovered after the work has begun. We will let you know if this is likely, and if this occurs, we will notify you and come to an agreement with you before proceeding with any additional work. For any repairs not listed, please inquire by phone at 360-733-5840.

All estimates are good for 60 days after the date the estimate is made.

What general services are available for my woodwind instrument?

PC: Playing Condition Adjust

A playing condition adjust, known as a PC, is the basic option for general woodwind repairs. An annual playing condition adjust will provide general maintenance that every woodwind needs after standard use. In this service option your instrument will have all the pads leveled, missing or worn-out key materials replaced, adjustments between keys regulated, and minor general repairs to get your instrument into basic playing condition. It is important to have one of our technicians look at your instrument at least once a year to take care of the standard wear and tear and to identify or prevent major repairs in the future.

COA: Clean, Oil, Adjust

A Clean Oil Adjust, known as a COA, is a more extensive general playing condition repair. This service should be done every 3 to 5 years or as often as needed. After years of playing, most instruments develop dirty build-up from saliva which can become unhealthy if not cleaned and sluggish key mechanisms from old oil or corrosion that can harm playability. In the COA we will fully disassemble your instrument so that we can clean the body in our ultrasonic tank and clean the keys and pads by hand. Wood instrument bodies will be thoroughly oiled with a synthetic bore oil to keep the wood hydrated and healthy. All the key mechanisms will receive oil or grease during reassembly to keep them moving smoothly and key materials that are older or worn will be replaced. We will finish this repair off with a full playing condition adjust.

Overhaul

An Overhaul is the most extensive repair your instrument can get. This repair will be needed every 1 to 2 decades. Most woodwind pads are made of organic materials that will eventually go bad even if the instrument has not been played in a long time. Leather saxophone pads may become dry and hard while flute and clarinet bladder pads may become bloated or attract what we affectionately call pad bugs. Even the inorganic materials can show wear and aging that needs to be addressed. In an overhaul we will replace all pads and key materials, level all tone holes, fit keys to eliminate extra play, oil wood bodies, remove dents from metal bodies, clean and oil key mechanisms, and adjust the instrument to make sure it is in perfect playing condition. Please note that an overhaul does not include relacquering. This repair will address all issues your instrument may have and bring it into the best condition possible.

Prices

InstrumentPCCOAOverhaul
Piccolo, Student$90$140$425
Piccolo, Non-pro Wood$150$280$635
Piccolo, Pro Wood$150$305by estimate only
Flute, Student$75$120$425
Flute, Intermediate/ Open Hole$95$175$560
Clarinet, Plastic$75$140$425
Clarinet, Pro/Wood$105$280 nickel keys
$315 silver keys
$660
Bass Clarinet, Plastic$140$280$710
Bass Clarinet, Pro/Wood$280$420 - $560$1230
Oboe, Student plastic simplified system$90$175$550
Add $150 for wood
Oboe, Intermediate$175$400$750
Add $150 for wood oboes.
Oboe, Professional or Full Conservatory Model$210$560$965
Add $150 for wood oboes.
English Horn, Plastic$210$480by estimate only
English Horn, Wood/Pro$250$675by estimate only
Bassoon, Plastic$175$420$950
Bassoon, Wood$190$455by estimate only
Soprano Sax, Student$120$280
Soprano Sax, Pro/Vintage$210 - $280$420$975
Alto Sax, Student$90$245$710
Alto Sax, Pro/Vintage$150$350$1100
Tenor Sax, Student$90$245$780
Tenor Sax, Pro/Vintage$210 - $240$350$1250
Bari Sax, Student$180 - $240$420
Bari Sax, Pro/Vintage$350$560$1400

The below prices are based on instruments in good playing condition. Additional repairs may be necessary to restore an instrument to good playing condition, and would be added only upon the agreement of the customer and the tech. Estimates will be provided before work is done. For any repairs not listed, please inquire by phone at 360-733-5840.

All estimates are good for 60 days after the date the estimate is made.

What general services are available for my brass instrument?

Free Stuck Mouthpiece Removal

From time to time every brass player from beginner to professional will have their mouthpiece get stuck in the instrument. We frequently see damage that results from players attempting to free these mouthpieces with standard tools. Our mouthpiece puller is the perfect tool to easily remove stuck mouthpieces in seconds without harming the instrument. If you have a mouthpiece stuck in your instrument, please bring it to us and we will be happy to pull it out while you wait free of charge.

Brasswind Ultrasonic Cleaning

An Ultrasonic Clean (USC) is the most commonly used method of cleaning for brass instruments. We recommend bringing your instrument to us for a yearly cleaning, especially when the instrument is transitioning to a new student. Dirty brass instruments will eventually have their valves bind, slides and mouthpieces stick, and become unhealthy to play. Here at Wind Works we have a 90-gallon ultrasonic cleaner which can hold a full-sized tuba or sousaphone. No matter what instrument you play, we can give it a bath in our ultrasonic. This method allows for a thorough cleaning without the use of harsh chemicals. After your instrument comes out of the ultrasonic, it will be thoroughly brushed out to remove any remaining dirt or build up. We will also replace valve bumpers, install new water key corks, and remove minor, accessible dents. An annual cleaning is the best way to keep your brass instrument in good lasting condition and allows us to identify and perhaps prevent major issues.

USC Prices

InstrumentLacquer/NickelSilver
Trumpet/cornet (student)$80$110
Trumpet/Cornet (Professional)$110$140
Flugelhorn$110$140
Mellophone$113$143
French Horn (single)$117
French Horn (double)$189
Baritone/Euphonium 3 valve$113$168
Baritone/Euphonium 4 valve$155$210
Tuba 3 pistons$168$228
Tuba 4 pistons$230$290
Tuba 5 pistons$265$355
Tuba 4 rotary$260$350
Tuba 5 rotary$290$410
Sousaphone$260$355

Trombone repairs

With a trombone USC we will typically quote what we call an Align and Dents repair. Trombone hand slides are quite delicate and require strict tolerances to move smoothly. The two inner and outer slide pairs need to be completely dent free and perfectly straight and parallel. Even the most careful trombone player will find the motion of their hand slide gradually develops some resistance. A USC goes hand in hand with the Align and Dents as a dirty slide will also be more difficult to move. This Align and Dents along with the USC will allow the slide to move freely and effortlessly so your trombone can play its best.

Trombone USC Prices

InstrumentLacquer/NickelSilverAlign and Dents
Tenor Trombone$70$80$70
Trombone w/rotor$90$125$70
Trombone w/two rotors$125$145$70
Valve trombone$110$170

If trombone has been cleaned recently, and the bell section does not need to be done, as approved by a technician, reduce cleaning cost to $40

A man holds a cello bridge upright on the top side of a cello that is laying on its back without strings.
Luthier Dave Payne fits a bridge to a cello for a local middle school.

Disclaimer: All of our prices listed on this website are estimates ONLY. Since there is no way for us to estimate an instrument over the phone, we do not quote repair jobs without being able to see them. This allows us to give accurate estimates and saves you some potential frustration. All instruments and situations are unique, so each one must be handled and priced accordingly.

The below prices are based on instruments in good playing condition. Additional costs for repairs may be needed in order to complete the repair. An estimate will be provided to you before work is done. For any repairs not listed, please inquire by phone at 360-733-5840.

All estimates are good for 60 days after the date the estimate is made.

Restring, Tune & Polish (Strings sold separately)

Restringing is the most common string repair we see. Strings will occasionally break with age and wear. We recommend installing a full set of new strings on student orchestral instruments once a year. When installing new strings, it is best to replace the whole set as one or two new strings will sound, play, and function differently than the old ones. We have a large selection of various brands and types of strings and can recommend a set for any playing style. While installing the new strings, we will inspect your instrument for other damage or maintenance issues and recommend repairs to fix or prevent future damage.

  • Violin, Viola — Single String $5, Full Set $20
  • Cello, Double Bass — Single String $10, Full Set $40

Fit New Bridge (Includes Restring & aged maple bridge, other bridges available at set prices)

  • Violin, Viola — $70 minimum
  • Cello — $100 minimum
  • Bass — $185 minimum
A string bass lies on its side on a cart in the middle of a repair shop with tall ceilings, with broken saxophones and brass instruments hanging from large hooks near the ceiling.
Looking into the repair shop, where space is at a premium.

Fit New Nut (Includes Restring & Part)

  • Violin, Viola — $60
  • Cello, Bass — $80

Fit New Soundpost

  • Violin, Viola — $35
  • Cello, Bass — $50

Reset Soundpost — $15 – $25

Install End Pin or Button

  • Violin, Viola — $15 – $25
  • Cello, Bass — By estimate only

Fingerboard Plane (Includes Restring)

  • Violin, Viola — $80
  • Cello — $100
  • Bass — $160

Install Friction Pegs (Includes Restring)

  • Violin — $15 each
  • Viola — $15 each
  • Cello — $25 each
  • Not available for Bass

Refit Peg $10 ea

A white man stands at a shop bench and fingers a clear plexiglass bass guitar while checking string tension. The bass has red strings, skull knobs with red crystal eyes, and custom pickups.
Dave Payne sets up “The Prisoner”, a custom plexiglass bass with custom red strings and special skull details. We are happy to do custom setups or simply take care of an issue you might have.

Disclaimer: All of our prices listed on this website are estimates ONLY. Since there is no way for us to estimate an instrument over the phone, we do not quote repair jobs without being able to see them. This allows us to give accurate estimates and saves you some potential frustration. All instruments and situations are unique, so each one must be handled and priced accordingly.

The below prices are based on instruments in good playing condition. Additional costs for repairs may be needed in order to complete the repair. An estimate will be provided to you before work is done. For any repairs not listed, please inquire by phone at 360-733-5840.

All estimates are good for 60 days after the date the estimate is made.

Restring, Tune & Polish (Does not include cost of strings)

Restringing is the most common string repair we see. Strings will occasionally break with age and wear. We recommend installing a full set of new strings on classical guitar or ukulele every six months. Steel string guitars and basses will need strings replaced as often as the player feels is necessary. When installing new strings, it is best to replace the whole set as one or two new strings will sound, play, and function differently than the old ones. We have a large selection of various brands and types of strings and can recommend a set for any playing style. While installing the new strings, we will inspect your instrument for other damage or maintenance issues and recommend repairs to fix or prevent future damage.

  • 6 String Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Dulcimer, Banjo, Mandolin —$20
  • 12 String Guitar. Classical (Nylon), Floating Bridge (Floyd Rose) — $30
  • Install basic strap button – $6/button (includes parts)

Set-Up/PC (Does not include cost of strings)

A set-up on string instruments is needed at least twice a year, as wood instruments move with the seasonal changes affecting their playability.

Includes: Adjust truss rod, nut slots, bridge radius, check & clean electronics, pick-up height, intonation, tighten all screws, check braces (acoustic), polish frets, condition fingerboard & instrument, and restring. For extra dirty instruments, as determined by our tech, we will estimate an additional cleaning cost. If any other issues are found, we will call you with an additional estimate before we proceed with work.

  • 6 String Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Classical (Nylon) — $45 – $65
  • 12 String Guitar, Floating Bridge (Floyd Rose) — $80

Fretwork (Does not include cost of strings)

  • Fret Dress – Level, Crown, Polish Frets (includes Set-Up) — $90 – $150
  • Partial Re-Fret – Unbound Fingerboard — $25 ea. + Set-Up Charge (varies by instrument)
  • Partial Re-Fret – Bound Fingerboard — $35 ea. + Set-Up Charge (varies by instrument)
  • Partial Re-Fret – Gibson Style w/Nibs, Lacquered Maple — $40 ea. + Set-Up Charge (varies by instrument)
  • Complete Re-Fret – Unbound Fingerboard — $350 (Includes Set-Up)
  • Complete Re-Fret – Bound Fingerboard — $425 (Includes Set-Up)
  • Complete Re-Fret – Gibson Style w/nibs, Lacquered Maple Fingerboard — $475 (Includes Set-Up)

Nut & Saddle (Does not include strings)

  • Bone/Micarta/Nylon Nut
  • 6 String Guitar, Bass, Banjo — $55 + Set-up Charge
  • 12 String, Mandolin — $75 + Set-up Charge
  • Pre-Slotted (plastic, Graphtec, tusq) — Parts + Set-up Charge
  • Compensated Bone Saddle or Plastic Saddle — Parts + Set-up Charge

Bridge Work (Includes Set-Up. Cost of strings added separately)

  • Re-glue Bridge — $90-$150
  • New Bridge — By Estimate Only
  • Fill and Re-Rout Saddle Slot — $120
  • Install Plate Mate — $65+ Parts

Electronic Wiring

  • Install Under Saddle Acoustic Pick-Up System (Includes Restring) — $85
  • Install Soundhole Acoustic System with endpin jack (Includes Restring) — $65
  • Replace Pick-Up on Solid Body Guitar — $30 ea. + Set-up
  • Replace Jack on Solid Body Guitar — $20 + Parts
  • Replace Pot on Solid Body Guitar — $30, additional, $15 ea. + Parts
  • Replace Switch on Solid Body Guitar— $30 – $50 + Parts
  • Archtop Wiring — By estimate only
  • Complete Re-Wiring — By estimate only

Additional Repairs

  • Replace Tuners — $25 plus Restring Charge
  • Headstock, Neck Crack Repairs — By estimate only
  • Remove and Replace Martin Style Pickguard — $150
  • Custom Pickguard — By estimate only

Minor Repairs

We have many minor repairs and modifications we can do for your instrument in a timely manner, potentially while you wait. We can add a strap button to a ukulele, replace a jack on an electric instrument, and a quick neck adjustment on instruments with truss rods. We have an in-house luthier who will inspect your instrument for any work needed including fret work, cracks, bridges and nuts, broken necks, tuning peg issues, and guitar electronics. If your string instrument is having any issues, please bring it to us and we can give you a full assessment on what it might need.

A white man of middle age stands at a shop counter and taps a drum stick on the top head of a champagne colored snare drum that he holds on its side.
Dave Payne tests the tension on a vintage Gretsch Max Roach snare.

Wind Works is happy to offer basic percussion repair. While not a specialty percussion shop, we do offer head replacement, rim straightening and replacement, tuning, and padding for marching harnesses. At this point, we are unable to offer timpani repair, but we can generally direct you to someone who does.

We carry a good selection of heads, sticks, mallets, and auxiliary percussion and accessories.

We are also now able to offer accordion repair, with the recent addition of the exceptionally talented Robin Elwood to our repair staff!

For other instrument repair needs, we recommend many other local repair shops for instruments that we are not equipped to service.

  • Amps: Jeff Naylor (tube amp repair and design)
    • Please note, Mike Schway at MS Audio is now retired.
  • Piano: Kelly’s Piano Service, Ed Mashburn, David Steege, Dorothy Hopkins – 360-595-4318, Marvin Johnson – 360-303-7101, The Piano Doctor – 360-224-9168, Michelle Stranges
  • Drum Repair, including Djembe Rehead: Jay Steven Tate - 360-820-1662
  • Silversmithing, plating and engraving for mouthpieces, instruments, etc. : Dave Friedman
  • If you have a vintage or unique wind or string instrument, please call us at 360-733-5840. We’ve seen a lot of weird stuff over the years, and we keep an open mind.
winds, strings, percussion repair, rentals, retail

Bellingham Wind Works

2405 Meridian Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

Mon-Sat 10-6

360.733.5840

[email protected]

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