Woodwind Repairs

At Dawkes we employ a team of 6 on-site qualified woodwind repairers. 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 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 at least checked every 2 years.

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If your Instrument needs attention, we can provide an assessment while you wait; just bring it along. If it requires a minor repair, we may be able to correct the issue while you wait. If your Instrument needs to be left with us for more involved repair, it can be booked onto our diary. All our repairs are guaranteed for 3 months as there is usually a settling in period for new pads and corks. Instruments purchased from us qualify for a 10% discount on all Repairs (subject to verification). This does not affect the standard 12 month guarantee.

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.

What people say about our Instrument Repairs

We use Feefo to collect independent reviews of our repair work.

2019-09-03 My son is very pleased with his serviced clarinet, seems to be playing much better now!
2019-08-16 Good repair and instrument back to normal
2019-08-07 Expert service. Only did what was needed and now plays perfectly again.
2019-07-17 brilliant. Would definitely use again
2019-07-04 Good repair, only did work required and charged less than I was anticipating
2019-06-29 Excellent customer service and very knowledgeable
2019-06-21 Very quick and good, totally satisfied
2019-06-17 Never rushed always looked after.
2019-06-12 Very knowledgeable staff who gave good advice. Very helpful to have the 30 minute quick fix option, but also was able to book in a service quite quickly.
2019-05-31 Excellent repairs carried out by Ivan

How to get your Instrument repaired

If you are able to visit the workshop, we can visually assess your instrument and give you an accurate quote for the work required. If it is something simple which we can do within 30 minutes; we may be able to do the work while you wait. More involved work may need to be booked into our diary. You can either leave the Instrument with us or bring it in at least a day before the work is booked. Our diary turnaround can be very seasonal, with busy periods usually aligning with school holidays. If you are unable to bring your instrument in to us for assessment, we can arrange a courier to collect it from you at a cost of £15. We would then assess it on arrival, and contact you with a quote. We can then return it once complete at a cost of £8.95.

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Meet the Workshop Team

At Dawkes we employ a team of 6 qualified woodwind repairers. With repairing at the heart of the business, we can offer well over 60 years of combined in-house experience, and a strong team of well qualified technicians not scared of getting their hands dirty. To view information on each member of the team, roll over and click the staff member.

Abi Taylor Mark Hudson Ivan Smith Sunniva Hellerud Ana Guerreiro

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Workshop Gallery

We have put together a gallery of the more interesting jobs we have encountered in the woodwind workshop.
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This Selmer Mark 6 Tenor Saxophone had some really serious damage when it was put into the hold of an aircraft. The main stack was really badly bent and the Saxophone did not play. We were looking at one very sick Saxophone... The impact had upset the alignment of the pillars, and the pads were not seating on the tone-holes. Take a look at the before and after pictures below.

Selmer mark 6 with bent main stack - Before Selmer mark 6 fully straightened - After

Repairing it was quite a challenge! Firstly, we straightened the body and removed the dents. Next, we removed all the keywork and set the pillars back in the correct place. Then we straightened the keys so that the rod screws passed through them without them binding and changed some of the upper pads.

The Selmer Mark 6 Tenor Sax is owned by a professional Saxophonist. When he got it back, he was amazed with what we had achieved. Here's what he said about us:

"I'm so very grateful for the amazing job you and the team did with my VI. I was almost afraid it was too serious to repair (!!), so to see it back in perfect working order is just fantastic - thank you ever so much!!" Richard Shepherd - Jazz Saxophonist - Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, Richard Shepherd Boptet, Frank Griffith Big Band

This Selmer Mark 6 Alto Sax was in the Workshop last week for a full Overhaul.
The pads were really worn and were not sealing at all making it difficult to play. The picture below shows the condition of the old pads, compared to some new ones.

Selmer Mark 6 Alto Sax - full overhaul Selmer Sax pads

The pictures below show the Mark 6 stripped down (left), and fully Overhauled (right).
We don't normally see vintage Saxophones in such good condition. This one was really mint and had its original lacquer, 'crocodile skin' imitation case and no dents.

Selmer MkVI stripped down Selmer MKVI after overhaul