Recorder Revoicing and Repair
Service and Repair
It's important to look after our instruments but sometimes they may still need a little help.
Some of the signs you may notice in wooden recorders:
- Recorder clogs very quickly
- Tone feels 'blocked'
- Thin sound to the tone
- Difficult or noisy high notes
- Weak or 'burbling' low notes
- Tuning problems
- Loose joints
- Worn thumb hole
The windway is a particularly vital part of the tone production on a recorder and moisture, changes in the wood and other deposits can cause problems. Windways benefit from the block being removed and windway cleaned, however, this is not an easy task and even slight changes in this area can have a negative effect on the sound. Adjustments to the windway area should only be made by skilled repairers.
I offer a standard instrument service which involves cleaning of the instrument both inside and out, re-voicing (improving the tone and sound of the instrument) deep oiling and thorough testing. As every player and instrument is different I will contact you before any work is carried out to discuss the problems you have experienced, ideal sound you want and explain the service process.
The service can take from around 2-3 weeks depending on the state of the instrument and current workload. Please get in touch if you would like your instrument serviced. The charge for a standard service for a soprano/alto/tenor recorder is from £50 excl. return P&P. Thumb bushing, larger instruments and more complex work such as very damaged instruments or designing a new block are subject to additional costs. Instruments can be returned via Royal Mail Special Delivery insured up to £500, higher insurance values are available.
Thumb bushing rings are available in a choice or White, Beige or Black!
If thumb bushing is required, it is now possible to offer a choice of colours including black for blackwood recorders.
Water trap fitting to bass crooks
Water traps can be fitted to most brass crooks to prevent condensation while playing. The trap consist of a brass drain and silicon cup. Crooks, caps and mouthpieces will need to be sent in to the workshop.
To arrange or discuss a service please get in touch.
Julie Dean is a Profesional Member of NAMIR (National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers).