Recorder Revoicing and Repair
Service and Repair
It's important to look after our instruments but sometimes they may still need a little help.
Some of the signs you may notice in wooden recorders:
- Recorder clogs very quickly
- Tone feels 'blocked'
- Thin sound to the tone
- Difficult or noisy high notes
- Weak or 'burbling' low notes
- Tuning problems
- Loose joints
- Worn thumb hole
The windway is a particularly vital part of the tone production on a recorder and moisture, changes in the wood and other deposits can cause problems. Windways benefit from the block being removed and windway cleaned, however, this is not an easy task and even slight changes in this area can have a negative effect on the sound. Adjustments to the windway area should only be made by skilled repairers.
I offer a standard instrument service which involves cleaning of the instrument both inside and out, re-voicing (improving the tone and sound of the instrument) deep oiling and thorough testing. As every player and instrument is different I will discuss the problems you have experienced, ideal sound you want and explain the service process.
Please get in touch if you would like your instrument serviced. The charge for a standard service for a soprano/alto/tenor recorder is from £50 excl. return P&P. Thumb bushing, larger instruments and more complex work such as very damaged instruments or designing a new block are subject to additional costs. Instruments should be sent and returned via Royal Mail Special Delivery to ensure the parcel is tracked.
Coronavirus - additional precautions when servicing recorders
I am introducing additional precautionary measures to my usual heath and safety procedures when handling other peoples instrument. As viruses can remain on surfaces for some days, all instruments I receive will be held in 'quarantine' to allow a minimum of 5 days from posting before being worked on. Then, as has always been my standard procedure, all instruments are cleaned before I play them. Once instruments are serviced they are tested, after which time instruments will be held for a minimum time of 5 days again before returning. The recorder will not be played in that time and I will give you date it was last played before cleaning should you wish to take additional time before playing the instrument yourself. Should I, or anyone I am in contact with develop any virus symptoms or be required to self isolate I will stop any repair work immediately.
If you would like to book a recorder in for a service please email for information....... CLICK HERE TO SEND AN EMAIL
Julie Dean is a Profesional Member of NAMIR (National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers).