Roger Price Brass and Woodwind Services
Roger Price is a professional member of the National
Association of Musical Instrument Repairers and has now been repairing
brass and woodwind instruments since 1986. During this time he has repaired
more than 5,000 instruments, which have come from all over the United Kingdom
(and a few beyond). The complexity of these repairs has varied between routine
servicing to major restoration work, where most people might have considered
the instrument beyond repair. To accomplish this work he has developed comprehensive
workshop facilities with a wide range of specialist tools. Many of these are
of his own design, making use of his earlier background of 22 years as a metallurgist
in the engineering industries. The types of instruments that Roger repairs are
bassoons, clarinets, cornets, euphoniums, flutes, French horns, oboes, piccolos,
saxophones, tenor horns, trombones, trumpets, and tubas.
His services include
- All work carried out in our own well-equipped workshop.
- All work carried out by a trained and experienced craftsman.
- All work guaranteed.
- All work carried out within agreed costs and timescale.
- Same day service by appointment.
- Valuations supplied for insurance.
- Traditional repair skills combined with the latest technical
know-how to give very good repairs.
- Modifications carried out to meet any special requirements.
- Insurance work undertaken.
- Second-hand instruments supplied with full service support
The majority of
Roger's work comes by personal recommendation. He takes real pride
in his work, but as an efficient craftsman in a very well equipped
workshop his charges are surprisingly affordable.
Repair Work Undertaken
Woodwind: Checkovers, servicing, repadding,
recorking, respringing, crack pinning, broken tenon repairs, saxophone
bodywork, keywork modifications etc
Brass: Servicing, dent removal, resoldering,
brazing, making and fitting patches/guards, valve work, trombone
slide dents and re-alingments, special modifications etc.
Examples of the cost of a repair are:
|Flute, full overhaul and repad/recork
full overhaul and repad/recork
|Alto Saxophone, full overhaul and repad/recork
|Cornet, cure sticking valves
Second Hand Used Instruments
Roger also has a range of second hand used instruments
which can be supplied with the following guarantees:
- Guaranteed for 12 months normal usage
- 70% guaranteed buyback on student/beginners instruments for
These are all overhauled before sale (except for a few special
collectors instruments which are identified as such) to put them
in good playing condition. They are all supplied with cases, mouthpieces
and slings where appropriate unless specified otherwise..
For woodwind instruments this means that all pads, corks and springs
are in good condition and the keywork is in good condition and
correctly regulated, tenons are a good fit and the instrument is
generally in good playing condition. The 'cosmetic appearance'
of the instrument is usually described and reflected in the price.
For brass instruments it means that valves and slides are working
correctly, there are no leaks or broken joints and none of the
dents in the instrument are judged likely to affect the correct
playing of the instrument and again the instrument is generally
in good playing condition. The 'cosmetic appearance' of the instrument
is described (i.e. any lacquer or plating wear and any residual
dents judged impractical or uneconomic to remove) and again is
reflected in the price.
Other details and further examples of costs can be
found on his website