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Title: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
Post by: philpedler on May 07, 2015, 11:48:06 AM
Here are some Clarinet Pages recommended Clarinet Reconditioners:

Hobbyist category:

David Watson  (DaveLeblanc on the clarinetpages.info forum!)
14273 Mediatrice Lane
San Diego, CA 92129

Cost: $90 plus all shipping. Dave is new at this and his prices will increment as he gains experience.
Turn around time is 4-5 days, or shorter if the customer desires.
New web site: http://watsonmusical.wix.com/watsonmusical
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(NEW) Windy Dankoff (windydankoff on the clarinetpages.info forum) is an amateur woodwind technician and offers a variety of services.
windydankoff@mac.com
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505)-490-0313
http://www.windydankoff.com/

Windy says the following:
I have skills accumulated from electronics, solar product development, machine shop, flute making, sculpture, performance, and more. I recently discovered the wonky wonders of the clarinet as a player, collector, and humble student. Iíve been resurrecting old instruments, including alto clarinets, and making them play wonderfully. Iíve even had some success at refacing mouthpieces.

I have a passion for the C clarinet. I use it for Jewish liturgical music in Sabbath services, and for jazz and klezmer. You can follow my Forum topic: ďChinese C clarinets / STL reviewedď. If you are interested in obtaining a wonderful and practical C instrument at a reasonable price consider buying the Chinese STL instrument., I can perform the adjustments for you, as I have documented on the Forum. I can do this as a service, or I may have a ready-tuned instrument that I can sell to you, on an approval basis. (Iíll be trying their A clarinet soon, too.)
Editor's note: Clarinetpages.net/Clarinetpages.info is not affiliated with or sponsored by STL

I also do ergonomic modifications to instruments and mouthpieces. If something doesnít fit your anatomy or your physical challenges, I may have a crafty solution. I have a jaw weakness. The conventional experts couldnít help me. I worked out my own solutions. My thumbs land higher than most peopleís, making problems on clarinets and flutes. My left pinky doesnít seem ďnormalĒ either. Iíve solved these problems, and helped other people too.

With Skype or Facetime, we can interact quite effectively, in spite of our distance. If I can help you, Iíll propose something. If not, Iíll just say no.

Professional Clarinet Tech Services:

Jordan E. Kinsey, Owner/Technician of Kinsey Clarinets
kinseyclarinets@gmail.com  302-932-7984
You can also find Jordan offering $99 clarinet reconditioning on eBay. She writes: My husband also uses it frequently. He is the professor of clarinet at the University of Delaware and play tests every horn I work on.


Jeremy Soule is the Vintage Clarinet Doctor. He gave me the following information:
I currently start full clarinet overhauls (that includes soaking in oil, swedging and countersinking mechanism, full buffing, all new cork and kidskin pads plus minor stuff like ring tightening, a new spring or 2 and tonehole refacing as needed) for $275, Albert systems start at $300, Full Boehms at $375.

I also do sop/alto/tenor saxes, (overhaul includes straightening rods, aligning posts, leveling toneholes, cleaning body, new pads and cork) with altos starting @ $350 tenors at $400, sopranos about the same.

Since I mostly work on old stuff, these are baselines, which ascend with condition issues, complexity of mechanism, etc. my hourly rate is a bit lower as I work from a home shop and have minimal overhead.
See the Contact page at his site linked above.



Please notify Phil (philpedler at the clarinetpages.info forum) if you would like to add someone to this list.
Title: Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
Post by: Naked Dog on December 23, 2017, 06:22:52 PM
What about antiques? Anyone work on those?
Title: Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
Post by: bbrandha on April 02, 2018, 08:29:16 PM
Jeremy Soule!!!!
Title: Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
Post by: GrumpyMiddleAgedMan on June 23, 2020, 04:46:41 PM
Does anyone know 'professional' sevice techs that do work on old/vintage instruments who live in Honolulu? 
Only one place I have found  here to do work is a band shop but the tech doesn't feel comfortable doing work on vintage so I was told. Maybe someone wants to relocate here and fill a void?  :D
Title: Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
Post by: stokespeter on June 24, 2020, 06:26:51 PM
Iíve seen a lot of people looking for someone capable of restoring antique instruments, I feel compelled to add to the thread.

Dave Sevy, Musicare, Idaho Falls, ID.  See his latest work here, a gorgeously restored Conn 448N. https://www.facebook.com/1592526224/posts/10220358792871908/
Old school craftsmanship

Title: Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
Post by: DaveLeBlanc on June 24, 2020, 07:07:54 PM
Does anyone know 'professional' sevice techs that do work on old/vintage instruments who live in Honolulu? 
Only one place I have found  here to do work is a band shop but the tech doesn't feel comfortable doing work on vintage so I was told. Maybe someone wants to relocate here and fill a void?  :D
I have a friend who lives in Kaneohe. I plan to visit him for a week or two sometime in the next few months. Maybe I can bring my kit?