Here at Dawkes Music we have 4 highly skilled brass repairers on site. The team are on hand to help with any brass related repairs by appointment from Monday-Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm.
Our qualified brass repairers can help with servicing and repair work on host of Brass instruments from Soprano Cornet, down to BBb Tuba. We can help advise on maintenance and general care, as well as completing 'on-the-spot' repairs and major overhauls.
Updated : Friday 14th May 2021
From Monday 12th April, 2021 the Repair Department is open by appointment for drop-off only. i.e. We are not able to offer a 'whilst you wait' repair service at this time. Instead, you can book a drop-off slot, bring your instrument in (or we can courier collect it) and you will be emailed a confirmation of receipt when it arrives in our workshop. Your instrument will then be quarantined for 3 days, at which point a member of the repair team will assess your instrument and either (a) repair it at that time or (b) advise on booking your instrument into our repair diary if it’s in need of more substantial work. You will be contacted by the Repair team member to discuss your options on the third day before any work takes place.
For over 50 years we have offered a premium repair service to musicians all over the UK. Whether it’s a youngster needing an emergency fix before an exam, or a seasoned professional wanting a customised overhaul, our team can help support your playing.
Here at Dawkes our ethos is to Create, Inspire and Support musicians and our brass repair workshop is on hand for you 6 days a week. We are proud professional members of the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers (add link) and play an active role in the repair community. NAMIR was founded in 1993 to help ensure and promote a high quality of craftmanship within the repair community in the UK.
Our aim is to support your musical journey, and our team of experts in the workshop pride themselves on the high quality of their work.
Dawkes Music are very proud to be professional members of the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers.
NAMIR promotes a high standard of workmanship and customer care and was formed in 1993 to provide a dedicated craft association for the profession of musical instrument repair.
We offer a full range of repair services from quick on-the-spot emergency fixes, to full overhauls and customisation work.On-The-Spot
Our on-the-spot option allows you to have minor issues solved promptly, often while you wait. The team can diagnose and quote you for any further work that may be required.Piston Brass Instrument - Servicing
Over time piston brass instruments build up corrosion and dirt inside which causes valves to stick, slides to seize and the instrument can become stuffy to play.
We are able to carry out routine internal cleaning as well as involved servicing work which typically means making the valves and slides run as smoothly as possible. We are able to improve, if not totally restore, the profile of almost any dent, and re-solder areas where stays or braces have broken.
Our wide stock of spares allows for replacement of consumable parts such as felts and corks which will help to keep the instrument mechanically quiet and reliable. Depending on your specific requirements we can be flexible within our service suggestions.
A typical piston brass service includes:
Prices for piston brass servicing will vary between Trumpet, Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euph or Tuba as well as considering the specific requirements of each individual instrument. We can offer a full external polish of a silver instrument for additional cost. Please enquire for pricing.Contact Us
French Horns often require servicing of the rotary valves, which are enclosed and therefore do not typically receive a lot of home maintenance. The very small bore and sensitive nature of the instrument means clear internal passageways are crucial, and so internal build up can have dramatic effects.
Linkages can become rattly, strings can become weak or loose and bumpers can wear through or go missing. The large, vulnerable bell flare can easily crease if dropped or knocked. We can also add waterkeys if required.
A typical French Horn service includes:
Prices for French Horn servicing will vary between single, double and number of rotors as well as considering the specific requirements of each individual instrument. We can offer a full external polish of a silver instrument for additional cost. Please enquire for pricing.Contact Us
Trombones have unique servicing requirements. The playing slide being vulnerable to dents and bends means that the main goal is to achieve the best slide action possible. It is normal to pick up minor dings, but sometimes disasters can happen causing noticeable and visual distortion of the legs.
A deep, chemical clean and some very specific repair processes allow us to restore playing slides to their silky-smooth best. We are equipped to replace leg tubes where necessary and will always advise on a solution when deeper issues could restrict the end result.
Similarly to other brass instruments services, we can carry out any additional dent work and soldering as necessary according to the requirements of the instrument.
Trombones with rotary valves can become very rattly or 'sticky' over time. Whether they are strung, linkage, Thayer Axial-Flow, Haggman or indeed any other style of rotor - we are equipped and able to renovate them to run smoothly and quietly.
A typical Trombone / Rotor service includes:
Prices for Trombone servicing will vary between Alto, Tenor, Bb/F, Bass and below as well as considering the specific requirements of each individual instrument. We can offer a full external polish of a silver instrument for additional cost. Please enquire for pricing.Contact Us
If a well-loved instrument has lost a lot of it's external finish, it can be worth restoring it to its former glory. We can facilitate re-lacquer and re-plating work on all instruments and find this kind of involved work to be exciting and fulfilling. We carry out the initial preparation in our workshop, which involves filing, sanding and polishing the base metal to mirror finish. This requires many hours of skilled dent work, labour and concentration before sending the instrument to our trusted finishing company. Any rotten or very damaged parts would be replaced, as this kind of work gives us an opportunity to make the results long lasting and transformative.
Lacquer is baked on in a kiln and is typically clear in colour, so the base metals of the instrument will create different tones. Depending on the desired end result, the instrument could be restored to original condition or customised with colour tinting or textured finishes. We can offer matte lacquer, as well as black, bright colours or a 'vintage' tint. Combining different finishes on one instrument is also possible, just let us know what look you want to create! Silver or Gold plating is typically a high-gloss finish but a matte lacquer finish on top will create a beautiful satin sheen. It is currently very popular for existing finishes to be stripped, creating a 'raw' brass instrument which is surprisingly inexpensive and can transform the resistance and tone.
Once the instrument has received its new coating, we receive it back and carry out a full, high-quality service as standard. We aim to get the instrument as close to good as new as possible, so will always provide new consumables (bumpers, corks, felts, springs, guides) for an improved feel. We can usually offer an estimation for initial enquiries via e-mail, please get in touch if you'd like to learn more.
Dawkes Music Ltd is located in Berkshire just 10 minutes from the M4, 15 minutes from the M40 and 20 minutes from the M25. We are also in close range of Heathrow (15-20 mins in the car) and Gatwick (60 mins in the car). We have free car parking directly outside the shop. London Paddington is just 30-40 mins on the train.
ADDRESS: Dawkes Music, Reform Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8BT
Abi came to Dawkes Music in 2008, through a trial apprenticeship under (then) manager Gary Hobdell. She gained a wide range of experience through working with and studying under a number of excellent woodwind and brass repairers, including in-house and external training. She is a hardworking technician, with an impressive knowledge of parts, instruments, supplies and techniques. She is committed to taking the time to investigate and resolve the most subtle of faults, and will strive to ensure every player leaves our shop with confidence in their instrument. Abi is also our resident Bassoonist, and particularly enjoys taking on Bassoon servicing work.
Ivan joined us in 1992 after receiving City & Guilds Certificate from Merton Technical College. Ivan is the only member of our team that didn"t originally play a wind instrument; he is a Jazz Drummer, but turned to the path of woodwind and is now one of the very pillars of our Workshop team. Ivan has patience like no other, and combined with his long experience, good will and persistence he can handle the most challenging woodwind repairs. A familiar face for our regular customers, he is faithfully entrusted with vintage saxophone overhauls on a regular basis. His supportive and calm demeanour makes him a role model and inspiration for his fellow repairers.
Sunniva joined us in 2014 after receiving a Diploma in Musical Instrument Technology from Lincoln College, Newark Campus. She left her native country of Norway to study wind instrument making and repair in the UK, and is now a full time qualified woodwind and brass technician. She studied flute making and advanced tool making as part of her course, and is more than comfortable around lathes, drills, and milling machines. Always enthusiastic and up for a challenge, her can-do attitude and passion for the industry makes her an asset to our workshop, particularly as she is on the committee for the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers. She enjoys the small victories of repairing and is fluent in Norwegian, English, Danish, and flute.
Ana joined us in 2016 after receiving a Diploma in Musical Instrument Technology from Lincoln College, Newark Campus. Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, she has a long standing relationship with woodwinds since playing Clarinet with the Portuguese Army band for 7 years before becoming a technician. She is careful and intuitive and has taken on every challenge thrown her way since joining Dawkes, as well as using her invaluable playing experience and knowledge of the clarinet to inspire and support our customers. Driven by an appetite for perfection, Ana is a dedicated repairer as well as enjoying teaching some adult Clarinet and Sax lessons here at Dawkes.