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Woodwind Repairs at Dawkes Music

Woodwind Repairs at Dawkes Music

At Dawkes we employ a team of 6 on-site qualified woodwind repairers. The Dawkes Music Instrument Repair Workshop is open by appointment from Monday-Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm.

We repair all Brass and Woodwind instruments including Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Oboes and Bassoons. To keep your Instrument in good working order, we recommend that you have it maintained at regular intervals and checked at least every 2 years.

Covid-Secure Repairs: How It Works

Updated : Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Please Note:
  • This is not a 'whilst you wait' repair service.
  • This is not a courier collection booking - if you'd like us to collect your instrument via courier please contact us on 01628 630 800 or via the contact form below
Book Repair Drop-Off (In Store)

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.

Dawkes Music Workshop

Why Use Dawkes?

Dawkes Music & Windcraft Ltd has based all of its business and core values around the highly skilled area of woodwind and brass repairs. Now with over 50 years of successful business and continuous growth, the company boasts the largest team of repairers in the UK, and an enviable reputation amongst players, teachers and music suppliers.

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.

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Saxophone Repair

OUR REPAIR SERVICES

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.

Checkdown

A "Checkdown’ is our first level of service and is suitable for newer instruments or those that have had ongoing servicing work within the last 2 years. In a Checkdown the following work is completed:

  • Reseat pads as necessary
  • Replace pads as required (any pads that need replacing will be at extra cost as discussed)
  • Adjust regulation to playing order
  • Replace missing corks/felts
  • Lubricate noisy keywork
  • Test
  • Contact us for pricing

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Service

A ‘Service’ involves a full strip-down of the instrument which results in a quieter, smoother action. Additional cleaning and mechanical steps are introduced compared to a Checkdown.

It is designed for instruments that are taking regular use and may not have been recently stripped and serviced. In a Service the following work is completed:

  • Dismantle
  • Clean body
  • Polish keywork
  • Remove old oil from mechanism and screws
  • Replace key corks as necessary
  • Re-assemble
  • Re- lubricate
  • Re-seat pads as necessary (If pads need changing this will be at extra cost)
  • Regulate to playing order
  • Check tenon corks (If tenon corks need replacing this will be at extra cost)
  • Adjust vent heights as required
  • Adjust spring tensions as required
  • Test
  • Contact us for pricing

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Clarinet Repair
Flute Repair

Full Re-Pad

When more than half of the pads and other materials are old, worn or damaged it may be time for a full re-pad.

We will strip down the whole instrument, and remove old oil, do any body or keywork adjustments needed, polish up silver plating and reassemble the instrument from scratch with all new materials. Often referred to as an overhaul, this will bring the instrument back to as close to new as possible.

A Re-Pad offers the instrument a clean slate and gives you a chance to start again with brand new pads, corks, felts and set up. This also means you have the opportunity to explore other combinations of pads and materials. We can offer Roo-Pads on Saxophones, Gore-Tex pads on Clarinets or an all synthetic set up to name a few options. Please let us know if you’d like to hear more about our alternative pads and set up when booking in your repair.

  • Dismantle
  • Clean body
  • Polish keywork
  • Remove old oil from mechanism and screws
  • Assess level of toneholes and resurface if needed
  • Remove accessible dents
  • Replace all tenon corks if present
  • Replace all key corks/felts
  • Replace all pads and seat
  • Re-assemble
  • Re-lubricate
  • Regulate to playing order
  • Adjust vent heights as required
  • Adjust spring tensions as required
  • Test
  • We offer a wide range of pad and material choices
  • Further customisation is available
  • Contact us for pricing

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HOW TO FIND US

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

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