The Dawkes Music Instrument Repair Workshop is open every weekday from 9.30 - 5.30, and on Saturdays from
9.30 - 4.30. We repair all Woodwind Instruments, not just Clarinets. We work on Bb Clarinets, A Clarinets, Alto Clarinets and Bass Clarinets. To keep your Clarinet in good working order, we recommend that you have it maintained and serviced at regular intervals.
Clarinets purchased from us qualify for a 10% discount on all Woodwind Repairs (subject to verification). This does not affect the standard 12 month guarantee.
Do you feel your clarinet isn't playing as it should or as well as you remember from when you first received it?
Here our clarinet repairers explain some of the issues that may affect your instrument now or in the future. If we don't address the particular problem you are experiencing or your present concern then you may ask them directly by calling, visiting or using this contact form.
If you have a minor problem with your clarinet we have a team of repairers available to perform clarinet repairs whilst you wait. Our on the spot service is intended for quick adjustments and minor repairs which can take up to 30 minutes. We also do our best to accommodate any emergency repairs as we understand how important it is to have your clarinet working at its best should you have an upcoming performance or exam.
Here we check your clarinet fully but without dismantling the instrument. Having this done every year ensures that you are getting the best out of your clarinet. One method for checking that your clarinet is air-tight is by performing a suction test on the top and bottom joints of your instrument, it gives a fair indication of whether your clarinet is working as well as it could. You can attempt this yourself by following these instructions.
If you don't get a pronounced pop as you release the keys you may need to visit our shop. It may be that we will need to replace any worn or missing corks and make sure your clarinet is regulated (where one key goes down with another). Basically it means we get your clarinet working without doing too much cleaning!
Same as points 1 and 2 above but this time blow down the top or bottom joint of your clarinet. If you hear air escaping from either joint then it's possible that the springs of your clarinet are not functioning properly or key-work regulation is not as it should be.
There are other specialist repairs we can perform such as repairing broken tenons, customising key-work, silver plating or gold plating key-work, re-facing mouthpieces and filling cracked clarinets. This presentation shows you exactly what we do on every standard clarinet service or re-pad.
Our workshop keep a very high standard when it comes to performing clarinet servicing and follow a checklist with each service or re-pad. This presentation shows you exacttly what we do on every standard clarinet service or re-pad. To navigate, either click the side buttons or swipe the page if you have a touch screen device.
"Had the bass clarinet serviced recently and just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU!!! It is playing it so beautifully and soaring over the octave as its never done before!!! Thanks!!!" Louise Rayner
"Just a short email to thank Ivan for doing a wonderful repair on my lovely old bass clarinet. It plays beautifully now and his care and attention to detail is very much appreciated. With kind regards Robin Aitken " Robin Aitken
"What a wonderful repair department you have. The local repairer had written off my old Dolnet tenor sax, but it now plays as well as ever - and looks extremely neat! It really doesn't matter where you are in the country because of the arranged courier service, so Dawkes is once again my local music shop/repairers, even though I now live in Cornwall" Neville Witham
"I recently brought my sons alto sax in for a minor repair and wanted to thank Ivan for his helpfulness and willingness to carry out the work on the spot. My son needs his sax most days of the week as he's in several groups and to be without it for a number of days would have been quite difficult for him. It has just served to cement my good judjement in choosing Dawkes in the first place! Thanks Again!"Mrs K Wright - Parent
"I bought my very first alto from Dawkes (aged 11!), and I've yet to find a better place for looking after my saxes. Regardless of whether one is a student or a professional, the team really cares about the needs of the individual - it's great peace of mind to know that your instruments are being treated well by people who know the way you play. I've just had my Mark VI tenor restored to perfect condition, and if you're looking for more than just an "instrument shop", and service from experts who are passionate about wind instruments."Richard Shepherd - Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra
"I find the technicians in the repair department at Dawkes Music are always friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help whenever I bring in school or private instruments to be repaired. Wherever possible instruments are repaired on the spot, or else they are booked in, giving me an instant date for the repair. During the 36 years that I have visited Dawkes I have always found repairs to be of the highest quality."Heather Leech-Bendell - Professional Woodwind Tutor
"When using or recommending their workshop, no job has ever been too big or too small, and I have never been met with raised eyebrows or sucking of teeth!!! The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, experienced and clearly a dab hand with more than just a screwdriver!!"Louise Williams - Flute Tutor, www.flutesalad.org / www.lwmusic.org.uk
"Abi did a great job on my soprano neck/crook and my sax was also ready before I needed it for practice. What can I say...superb service and attention." J Moriarty
"I would like to pass on my thanks to the Dawkes repair workshop for the fantastic job you've done on my clarinet. It looks and plays like new - money well spent and I wish I'd done it sooner."Duncan Murray
"I am just writing to thank you for the totally excellent service you carried out on the Yanagisawa Tenor Sax this week. I played it last night at the Woodley Concert Band practice and the instrument plays even better now than I can remember. Well done!"Mr P Cowley - Sax Player
"Dawkes is one of the few places I trust with my instruments, whether for minor adjustments or major repairs. The staff are friendly and helpful, happy to spend time adjusting instruments to specific requirements, and the turn-around time is much faster than others. My saxes and clarinets have been in many times and always come back playing like new. Dawkes is the only repair department I recommend to my pupils!"Alastair Penman - Sax/Clt Tutor, Bucks http://www.alastairpenman.co.uk/
"I am very pleased to endorse the Repair Shop at Dawkes Music for their prompt and efficient service. They are always most corteous and helpful, and as a professional musician I am most appreciative of their willingness to make instant repairs and adjustments when needed.In my guise as Sax/Clt teacher at Eton College, I can confirm that Eton Music School are very satisfied with the performance of the Repair Shop."Peter Ripper - Sax/Clt Tutor at Eton College, ex BBC Radio Big Band, London Sax Quartet
"Dawkes are the region's premier wind and brass specialists, and we are lucky to have them on our doorstep here in Maidenhead. With a warm welcome from their fantastic team of staff, whether you are looking to try, hire or buy an instrument or accessories, need aminor repair or major overhaul or just advice, you are guaranteed the best level of service, expertise....and even a cup of coffee!"Caroline Owen - Clarinettist with Chamberhouse Winds, Area Senior Leader for Berkshire Maestros
"On the countless times I have brought instruments in for repair (anything from replacemant pads through to full overhauls and even reconstructing a badly damaged French Horn) over the last 20 years the service has been expert, at times exceedingly quick and always done with good humour. I can't recomend them highly enough."Simon Carr - Professional Woodwind Player & Head of Woodwind at Radley College, Oxford.
"Just got my treasured Conn 30M Tenor back from a complete overhaul by Tony in the workshop - a fabulous job & it's blowing better than ever...probably better than the day it left the factory in 1937!With this and the great jobs you did overhauling my Buescher & Yamaha Altos earlier this year, I'll certainly be recommending you to everyone that I know."J McKellow - www.saxappeal.net / www.thesoulmates.co.uk
"Excellent workmanship and friendly service! Work always carried out with an eye for detail and the good of the player in mind." Jeremy Shoobridge - Woodwind Teacher, Kent