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Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
« 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!)
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
  • In-tune C clarinets. These are heavily modified Chinese C clarinets.
  • Large bore, free blowing Bb clarinets. These are heavily optimized classic Pruefer Silver Throat clarinets from 1940-55.
  • Making custom modifications to clarinets, including ergonomic improvements to keys, the thumb rest, modifying barrels and mouthpieces, etc.
  • Supplying free-blowing, low-resistance clarinets to players with physical limitations.

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. 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.
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Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2017, 06:22:52 PM »
What about antiques? Anyone work on those?

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Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2018, 08:29:16 PM »
Jeremy Soule!!!!

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Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
« Reply #3 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
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Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
« Reply #4 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/
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Re: Recommended Clarinet Tech Services
« Reply #5 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?
David Watson of the original The Clarinet Pages