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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:
Revised 7Dec2020

Hobbyist category:

David Watson  (DaveLeblanc on the clarinetpages.info forum!)
4 Lemon Grove
Irvine, CA 92618
daveleblanc@clarinetpages.net

Cost: $150 for all A, Bb, and C soprano clarinets, plus all shipping. Dave is now pretty good at this and his prices reflect thusly.
Turn around time is 7 days, or shorter if it's super urgent.
New web site: https://watsonmusical.wixsite.com/watsonmusical
Dave can also handle your larger (alto or bass) or super small (Eb) clarinets! Please contact him for prices.

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Windy Dankoff (windydankoff on the clarinetpages.info forum) offers special services as a hobbyist woodwind technician. His specialties are

Intersted? I recommend that you read Windy's detailed description: http://www.windydankoff.com/black-hole-clarinets.html
windydankoff@mac.com     Santa Fe, New Mexico  (505)-490-0313


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: https://www.thevintageclarinetdoctor.com/ (https://www.thevintageclarinetdoctor.com/)
Jeremy gave me the following information:
The way I'm handling pricing now is just to start with a baseline of $385 for the full overhaul of a vintage clarinet (Albert system or Boehm, it makes little difference) and then going up at an hourly rate, based on condition issues such as cracks, chips, rusted rods, broken springs, etc. I do a bench exam before quoting a firm price! 15 years of working on vintage clarinets has taught me that there's just no way to know whether it's going to be a 5-hour job or a 10-hour job, so I protect myself from an expensive mistake.

I also do sop/alto/tenor saxes, (overhaul includes straightening rods, aligning posts, leveling toneholes, cleaning body, new pads and cork).  Overhauls start at $395 plus the cost of the pad set (some people want fancy pads) and then go up likewise based on condition issues. A 1920s Conn soprano sax will generate a lot more trouble than a 1980s Bundy alto!

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
I’ve 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?