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Instrument Repair for the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula

Effective immediately, Bridgepoint Music will no longer be accepting customer repairs. We will continue to service our rental instruments and to honor our warranty on instruments purchased here for as long as possible, but we’ve had to cut our payroll costs because of COVID-19 and that has left us unable to keep our repair shop open as normal. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

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Bridgepoint Music is the go-to shop for quality instrument repair for Menlo Park, Redwood City, Palo Alto, and the greater Peninsula. We strive to keep our estimates as accurate as possible, and the best part is, they’re free of charge! However, if something unexpected should come up during the instrument repair work that would require us to adjust the cost, you will be notified, and we’ll wait until we can get your approval before proceeding. We will provide an explanation of the work we recommend as well as an estimate of the time and cost involved. The list below is just a snapshot of the services provided.


Instrument Repair Services and Prices

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Brass

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Your instrument will be completely disassembled – and we mean completely; everything that is meant to come apart will be taken apart. Your instrument will be degreased and cleaned in our 90-gallon Ultrasonic Cleaner. It then gets rinsed and cleaned again “Texas Flush” style using brushes in a high-speed pneumatic drill and our special blend of soap and pumice. Tuning slides are hand-polished. Everything is thoroughly rinsed for a second time and dried. The instrument is lubricated with top-quality, synthetic lubricants and reassembled, and then it is lightly polished and returned to a freshly-vacuumed case.

Ultrasonic sonic cleaning prices start at the following by instrument:
Trumpet - $135
Trombone - $135
Trombone w/ F-Attachment – $170

Bass Trombone - $170-250
Single French Horn - $200
Double French Horn - $250
Baritone - $170
Euphonium - $210
Tuba - $250
Add 20% to price to include polishing silver instruments. All cleanings include a $5.00 cleaning material fee.

Rotor Valve Lever Re-Stringing

Prices start at:
Single French Horn - $45
Double French Horn - $55
Trombone Lever - $20

Stuck Tuning Slides

Dryness, dirt, or corrosion can cause tuning slides to freeze in place. With the right tools and safe procedures, we can often help those slides pop out quickly. In more extreme situations, we will take our time to safely free your stuck slides.

Prices start at $20 per slide.

Stuck Valves

Prices starting at $20.

Valve/Casing Repair

Damaged valve, damaged casing, or both? We will figure it out and get your instrument functioning properly again in no time.

Valve/Casing repairs start at $75 per valve.

Solder

Soldering is a strong alloy bonding between metals. A good, clean solder joint can last a very long time, but if there is too much stress or wear, that joint may break. Soldering has many variables (solder type, if the piece is bent, if the piece is dirty) and every solder job is different. We can solder your instrument back together and clean up after ourselves.

Note: Soft solder is for braces and tubing assembled together that are meant to come apart if necessary. Silver soldering (or brazing/hard solder) is a more permanent bond used to repair cracks in metal or broken parts.

Soft soldering starts at $45 per joint. Silver soldering (brazing/hard solder) starts at $75 per joint.

Dent Work

Let’s face it: an instrument is only brand new once, and accidents happen. We can work with you to solve acoustically significant issues and alleviate cosmetic dents. Due to the nature of dent repair, we will need to see your instrument in person before we can provide an estimate, however, we can usually estimate it for you on the spot.

Case Repair

We fix cases, too! Protect your instrument in a durable case. If your case needs a new handle, latch or hinge, come see us.

Starting at $35 per piece of hardware.



Woodwinds


Woodwind Playing Condition

Everything your instrument needs; nothing it doesn’t. All work is performed as needed to keep your instrument playing its best. A woodwind playing condition job can include, but is not limited to the following procedures:
- Straightening body and keys
- Replacing worn-out pads and key corks
- Reseating pads
- Regulation and adjustment
- Fitting necks and tenons
- Straightening posts and rods
- Cleaning and oiling mechanisms
- Addressing sticky pads and keys
- Adjusting/replacing springs

Price: $75-$265, Average $135



Flute Clean/Oil/Adjust

The flute is disassembled; knock pins are removed and key clusters are disassembled; body, foot, head joint and crown are ultrasonically cleaned; rods and screws are cleaned, polished, and lubricated; entire instrument is hand-polished and reassembled; head joint cork is replaced; keys are straightened; instrument is regulated and adjusted; pads are reseated; instrument is play-tested for optimum performance. Includes replacement of up to two pads.

Note: The clean/oil/adjust job is for flutes that need a little more than the standard playing condition, but less than a full re-pad. It is ideal for older flutes whose pads are still in good condition, or as preventative maintenance on higher-end flutes.

Flute clean/oil/adjust prices start at the following by instrument level (each instrument will be estimated individually and additional work needed may incur additional charges):

Student - $200
Intermediate/Pre-Professional - $225
Professional - $300

Student Flute Repad

Flute is disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; keys are straightened; tenons are fit; all pads are replaced; all key corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; head joint cork is replaced; minor dents are lifted (large dents may incur an extra charge); instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested; instrument is polished.

Price starts at $425

Professional Flute Repad

Flute is disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; tone holes are made perfectly level; keys are straightened; keys are precision fit; tenons are fit; all pads are replaced; all key corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; head joint cork is replaced; minor dents are lifted (large dents may incur an extra charge); instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested; instrument is polished.

Price starts at $700
Intermediate Flute Repad

Flute is disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; tone holes are leveled as warranted; keys are straightened; keys are fit; tenons are fit; all pads are replaced; all key corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; head joint cork is replaced; minor dents are lifted (large dents may incur an extra charge); instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested, instrument is polished.

Price starts at $525

Straubinger Flute Repad

Flute is disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; tone holes are made perfectly level; keys are straightened; keys are precision fit; tenons are fit; all pads are replaced with Straubinger flute pads; all key corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; head joint cork is replaced; minor dents are lifted (large dents may incur an extra charge); instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested; instrument is polished.

Price starts at $1,000
Straubinger Conversion starts at $1,500

Install High E Facilitator

The next best thing to having a split-E mechanism on your flute. We will install a small “donut” made of delrin under the lower pad of your double-G key. Your high E’s will speak much more clearly.

Price: $50

Replace Head Joint Cork

The most over-looked leak on any flute! If you can freely twist, push or pull your head joint crown, it is time for a new head joint cork. If it has been more than a year since you had your head joint cork replaced, it is time for a new head joint cork. If your tuning is very inconsistent and you’re not sure why, it is time for a new head joint cork.

Price: $35
Fit Flute Headjoint/Footjoint

Flute joints may become too tight from dents or dirt, or could become too loose from wear. Or perhaps you’re upgrading to an after-market headjoint. Whatever the case may be, we will get it fitted properly.

Price starts at $45-$135

Student Clarinet COA

Clarinet is disassembled; body and mouthpiece are ultrasonically cleaned; keys and hinge tubes are cleaned by hand; hinge rods and pivot screws are cleaned and polished; keys are straightened as needed; key corks are replaced as needed; mechanism is lubricated with synthetic key oil; pads are reseated as needed; keys are regulated and adjusted as needed; instrument is play-tested. Includes replacement of up to 2 pads. Prices listed are the starting prices, each instrument will be estimated individually and additional work may incur additional charges.

Price starts at $185

Intermediate/Professional Clarinet COA

Clarinet is disassembled; body is cleaned with wood-safe soap and oiled; keys and hinge tubes are cleaned by hand; hinge rods and pivot screws are cleaned and polished; keys are straightened as needed; key corks are replaced as needed; mechanism is lubricated with synthetic key oil; pads are reseated as needed; keys are regulated and adjusted as needed; instrument is play-tested. Includes replacement of up to 2 pads. Prices listed are the starting prices, each instrument will be estimated individually and additional work may incur additional charges.

Price starts at $225

Intermediate Clarinet Repad

Clarinet is disassembled; keys are ultrasonically cleaned; body is cleaned in wood-safe soap, then oiled; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; keys are straightened and fit; tone holes are leveled as warranted; all pads are replaced; all key corks are replaced; all tenon corks are replaced; springs are adjusted/replaced as needed; instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested.

Price starts at $525

Masters Clarinet Repad

Clarinet is disassembled; keys are ultrasonically cleaned; body is cleaned in wood-safe soap, then oiled; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; keys are straightened; keys are precision fit; tone holes are filed and leveled to correct factory inaccuracy; all pads are replaced with Valentino Masters Pads; all key corks are replaced; all tenon corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested.

Price starts at $750

Cork-pad Clarinet Repad

Clarinet is disassembled; keys are ultrasonically cleaned; body is cleaned in wood-safe soap, then oiled; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; keys are straightened; keys are precision fit; tone holes are filed and leveled to correct factory inaccuracy; all pads are replaced (with cork pads where appropriate); all key corks are replaced; all tenon corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested.

Price starts at $775

Student Clarinet Repad

Clarinet is disassembled; keys and body are ultrasonically cleaned; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; keys are straightened; all pads are replaced; all key corks are replaced; all tenon corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested. Choice of traditional felt pads or synthetic pads.

Price starts at $400


Professional Clarinet Repad

Clarinet is disassembled; keys are ultrasonically cleaned; body is cleaned in wood-safe soap, then oiled; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; keys are straightened; keys are precision fit; tone holes are filed and leveled to correct factory inaccuracy; all pads are replaced; all key corks are replaced; all tenon corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested.

Price starts at $700

Roo-pad Clarinet Repad

Clarinet is disassembled; keys are ultrasonically cleaned; body is cleaned in wood-safe soap, and then oiled; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; keys are straightened; keys are precision fit; tone holes are filed and leveled to correct factory inaccuracy; all pads are replaced with kangaroo pads; all key corks are replaced; all tenon corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested.

Price starts at $750

Straubinger Clarinet Repad

Clarinet is disassembled; keys are ultrasonically cleaned; body is cleaned in wood-safe soap, and then oiled; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; keys are straightened; keys are precision fit; tone holes are filed and leveled to correct factory inaccuracy; all pads are replaced with Straubinger clarinet pads; all key corks are replaced; all tenon corks are replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested.

Price starts at $1350

Tone Hole Replacement

Cracks tend to head toward where the wood is thinnest, and unluckily for clarinets and oboes, that usually means they head for tone holes.

Price starts at $120

Crack Pinning

Because of stuff getting in the way (keys, posts, tone holes, etc.), pinning is usually the best way to go for crack repair. The average crack will require 2-5 pins.

Price: $75/pin (average one pin every 1.5")

Replace Tenon Cork

Price: $35 ($25 for each additional)

Carbon Fiber Banding

Banding is an ideal way to get a crack repaired, but can only be performed when there is nothing in the way (keys, posts, tone holes, etc.).

Price starts at $185

Replace Neck Cork

Why risk it? Is the cork getting dry in your saxophone or clarinet? Don’t wait until the day of your performance to let it fail. Get it replaced now! We use only grade AAA-AAAA natural sheet cork on all recork jobs at Bridgepoint Music. The cork used is oversized to accommodate many different instruments, so be sure to bring all parts of the instrument and mouthpiece so we can ensure a perfect fit.

Price: $40



Saxophone COA

Saxophone is disassembled; neck and body are ultrasonically cleaned; Keys and pads are cleaned by hand; hinge tubes are degreased; hinge rods and pivot screws are cleaned; key corks are replaced as needed; keys are straightened as needed; mechanism is lubricated with synthetic key oil and grease; pads are leveled and reseated as needed; mechanism is fully adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested. Prices listed are a starting point, each instrument is estimated individually and additional work may incur additional charges.

Prices start at $300 for alto/tenor, $400 for bari

Pro Saxophone Repad

Saxophone is disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; tone holes are made perfectly level; keys are straightened; keys are precision fit; neck tenon is precision fit; all pads are replaced; all key corks are replaced; neck cork is replaced; springs are adjusted/replaced as needed; minor dents are lifted (large dents may incur an extra charge).; instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested.

Prices start at $800 for alto, $900 for tenor, $1100 for bari/soprano

Student Saxophone Repad

Saxophone is disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; tone holes are leveled as warranted; keys are straightened; neck tenon is fit; all pads are replaced; all key corks are replaced; neck cork is replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; minor dents are lifted (large dents may incur an extra charge); instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested.

Prices start at $700 for alto, $800 for tenor, $1000 for bari

Kangaroo Saxophone Repad

Saxophone is disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned; rods and screws are cleaned, polished and lubricated; tone holes are made perfectly level; keys are straightened; keys are precision fit; neck tenon is precision fit; all pads are replaced with either Roo Pads (white in color) or Saxgourmet Pads (black in color); all key corks are replaced; neck cork is replaced; springs are adjusted or replaced as needed; minor dents are lifted (large dents may incur an extra charge); instrument is reassembled, regulated and adjusted; instrument is thoroughly play-tested.

Prices start at $950 for alto, $1050 for tenor, $1100 for soprano, $1250 for bari

Fit Sax Neck

Necks leak! It’s a sad fact of life that most necks are not precision fit at the factory. Look at your neck tenon. Are some spots more polished than others? If so, your neck isn’t doing all it can to help you sound better. We use a specially designed neck expander to make your neck extra snug, and then lap it to perfection for an even fit.

Price: $75

Bassoon COA

Necks leak! It’s a sad fact of life that most necks are not precision fit at the factory. Look at your neck tenon. Are some spots more polished than others? If so, your neck isn’t doing all it can to help you sound better. We use a specially designed neck expander to make your neck extra snug, and then lap it to perfection for an even fit.

Prices start at $300 for plastic, $450 for wood


If you have any questions, would like an estimate, or want to schedule repair or cleaning service, call us today!

For anyone in the Palo Alto and Redwood City, CA area in need of musical instrument repair, Bridgepoint Music offers a convenient and cost-effective solution. Give us a call or stop in today for an estimate!