INSTRUMENT REPAIRS

When it comes to musical instrument repair, no-one else even comes close. It’s what we do, and what we’ve done since the beginning, back in Rick’s own basement.

Repair Experts

The professional technicians at Rick’s Musical Instruments take the guesswork out of your musical instrument repair situation. Our technicians pride themselves on getting the job done right the first time and returning the instrument to the manufacturer’s original specification. They can even take care of unique customization requests. Our highly-qualified staff has over 55 years of combined experience with musical instrument repair. Owner Rick Verfaille built the business based on his repair service reputation with music directors, college professors, and professional musicians. And, of course, all instruments are serviced in-house at Rick’s Music, and are handled with the same care, regardless of whether the instrument is a student or professional model.

All quotes are based on visual inspection only

Minimum Charge on any repair is $20.00 / Polishing silver horns, brass or woodwind, is minimum $100 extra.

Brasswind Chemical Cleanings ('Chem Cleans')

Trumpet, Baritone, and Tuba

Process: Completely disassemble horn, dip all parts in “Slime Away”, rinse and dry all parts, buff slides, clean rotors, replace all felts and corks, replace strings and bumpers as needed, restring rotor mechanisms, lubricate and reassemble horn.

  • Trumpet: $67.00 (up to $167.00 for silver)
  • 3 Valve Baritone: $75.00 (up to $175.00 for silver)
  • 4 Valve Baritone: $85.00 (up to $185.00 for silver)
  • 3 Valve Tuba: $95.00 (up to $195.00 for silver)
  • 4 Valve Tuba: $105.00 (up to $205.00 for silver)
  • Rotary Tuba: $160.00 (up to $260.00 for silver)
  • Sousaphone: $110.00 (up to $210.00 for silver)

Note: Silver-plated instruments often require more labor to get clean, especially if they are older and have worn plating.

Trombone

Process: Completely disassemble horn, dip all parts in “Slime Away,” rinse and dry all parts, buff tuning slide, replace all corks and felts, restring rotor F attachment (if applicable), replace springs as needed, lubricate and reassemble horn.

  • Trombone: $65.00 (up to $165.00 for silver)
  • Valve Trombone: $80.00 (up to $180.00 for silver)
  • F Attachment Trombone: $80.00 (up to $180.00 for silver)

Note: Silver-plated instruments often require more labor to get clean, especially if they are older and have worn plating.

French Horn

Process: Completely disassemble horn, dip all parts in “Slime Away”, rinse and dry all parts, buff slides and clean rotors, replace all felts and corks, replace springs and bumpers as needed, restring rotor mechanisms, lubricate and reassemble horn.

  • Single French Horn: $75.00 (up to $175.00 for silver)
  • Double French Horn: $95.00 (up to $195.00 for silver)

Note: Silver-plated instruments often require more labor to get clean, especially if they are older and have worn plating.

Any additional work such as valve work, slide work, major dents, and any solders are additional charges determined by the technician.

“Slime-Away” is a solution that breaks down organic buildup inside horns and is safe for the finish of the instruments.”

Woodwind Repairs and Cleaning

Clarinet Repad

Process: Completely disassemble instrument, remove all pads and corks from keys, clean all parts, replace springs as needed, install all new pads and corks, adjust to manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Plastic Clarinet: starting at $200.00
  • Wood Bass Clarinet: starting at $500.00
  • Wood Clarinet: starting at $350.00
  • Bass Clarinet: starting at $395.00
Flute /Piccolo Repad

Process: Completely disassemble instrument, remove all pads and corks, clean all parts, replace springs as needed, install all new pads and corks, and adjust to manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Closed-Hole Flute: $200.00
  • Open-Hole Flute: $400.00
  • Piccolo: $205.00
Saxophone Repad

Process: Completely disassemble instrument, remove minor dents if necessary, remove all pads and corks, clean all parts, level tone holes and pad cups, replace springs as needed, install all new pads and corks, and adjust to manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Student or Intermediate Alto Sax: $500.00
  • Student or Intermediate Tenor Sax: $535.00
  • Pro Alto Sax: $600.00
  • Pro Tenor: $635.00
  • Bari Sax: $650.00
Oboe / Bassoon Repad

Process: Completely disassemble instrument, remove all pads and corks, clean all parts, replace springs as needed, install new pads and corks, and adjust to manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Oboe Repad: $450.00
  • Bassoon Repad: $500.00
  • Oboe Repad with Cork Pads: $550.00

*All repad prices are subject to increase if any major mechanical work, dent work, or solders are required.

Restoring Woodwind Instruments to playing conditions

Process: Inspect instrument, replace any damaged or missing pads, corks, and springs. Playing conditions DO NOT include taking apart and cleaning. Taking apart and cleaning any musical instrument is a separate charge that is NOT covered under any rental agreement. Cleanings do not include polishing. Polishing can be done for an added fee upon request.

All quotes are based on visual inspection only

Minimum charge to restore to “Playing Condition” is $19.00. Any additional work such as major dents, solders, and any missing parts are additional charges.

  • Price per pad: $10.00 – $20.00
  • Tenon corks: $12.00 – $20.00
  • Neck Corks: $18.00
"Clean, Oil and Adjustment" for Woodwind Instruments

Process: Completely disassemble instrument. Dip instrument body in “Slime Away”. Rinse and dry instrument. Clean and wipe pads and keys. Reassemble, oil, and lubricate all moving parts.

  • Flute: $50.00 – $75.00
  • Clarinet: $60.00
  • Wood Clarinet*: $85.00 (*Bore oiling required)
  • Saxophone: $75.00-$125.00
Rick’s Repair Shop
Rick’s Repair Shop

Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo

Basic Restring on Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, or Banjo

Process: Take strings off instrument, clean any loose debris from under strings, install new strings, and tune.

All instruments: $20.00 plus repair parts.

Guitar set-ups
  • Acoustic Guitar (All Sizes): $35.00 plus repair parts
  • Bass Guitar: $40.00 plus repair parts
  • Electric Guitar $40.00 plus repair parts
  • Floyd Rose or Similar: $55.00 plus repair parts
Banjo set-ups

$100.00 plus strings and repair parts. This Banjo set-up includes complete clean and polish of the pot assembly
$45.00 without cleaning of pot assembly

Mandolin set-ups

$45.00 plus strings and repair parts.
Other string repair costs are determined upon visual inspection by repair department.

Testimonials

  • I had a great experience there today. The associate was very friendly and helpful. I brought my trombone in with a broken spit valve and they fixed it in about 5 minutes and only charged me $5. I enjoyed browsing their impressive selection of sheet music and playing around with a few display instruments. I'll definitely be going back soon.

    Kent Pigeon
  • Always friendly staff, helpful and knowledgeable, had my son's instruments fixed and general maintenance done here and always happy with the results.

    Demetria Hammond
  • Stopped by with a trumpet that had a sticky valve. Courteous attention and she immediately took the instrument to the repair guy. She returned quickly and solved the problem. I'll definitely go back and highly recommend!
    Alessandra Borges
  • Had a level/crown done on my PRS core 24. Perfect! Thanks Bill!

    Dave McCann

For any Electronics Repairs, please contact the store for details.

All supplies used are quality items hand-picked by our technicians.

Repairs are guaranteed for 90 days unless otherwise specified on certain brand names at time of drop-off.

Have An Instrument In Need Of Repair?

Call the store at (401) 658-3404 or email us with any questions.