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Instrument Repair for the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula

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
$60-$200, average $105

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
Flute Clean/Oil/Adjust
$150-$250

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.

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.


















Student Flute Repad
$350

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.

Intermediate Flute Repad
$450

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.
Professional Flute Repad
$550

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.

Straubinger Flute Repad
$1350

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.

























Install High E Facilitator
$40

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.

Replace Head Joint Cork
$22.86

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.
Fit Flute Headjoint/Footjoint
$30-$100+, average $40

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.

Student Clarinet Repad
$350

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.



















Intermediate Clarinet Repad
$450

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.

Professional Clarinet Repad
$550

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.
Masters Clarinet Repad
$600

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.

Roo-pad Clarinet Repad
$650

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.

























Cork-pad Clarinet Repad
$700

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.

Straubinger Clarinet Repad
$1200

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.
Tone Hole Replacement
$90

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

Crack Pinning
$50/pin (average one pin every 1.5”)

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.

Carbon Fiber Banding
$150+/-

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.).

Replace Tenon/Neck Cork
$27.50/$37.50

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.
Student Saxophone Repad
$600 alto, $700 tenor, $800 baritone

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.

Pro Saxophone Repad
$700 alto, $800 tenor, $900 baritone/soprano

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.
Kangaroo Saxophone Repad
$825 alto, $925 tenor, $1000 soprano, $1050 baritone

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.

Note- There are many different options available for saxophone repads. Do you want standard pads, or kangaroo? If kangaroo, what color? What type of resonator? What type of resonator material? Specialty pads may need to be special-ordered, but we are glad to do it! The sky is the limit. Don’t hesitate to inquire about your options.
























Never-stick G# Pad
$100

Additional spring installed on G# touchpiece. G# key is outfitted with a kangaroo pad.

Upgrade octave pip
$50

Powerful upper register response and definitely no more ‘high A hiss’. We can increase the diameter of tone hole and thread the pip. A more graceful solution than the old-school pantyhose “trick.”

Fit Sax Neck
$50

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.
F# Helper Bar
$100

Added stability on all notes utilizing the right hand. These bars are becoming more and more common on upper-end saxophones. They can be seen on Saxes from Yanagisawa, Saxgourmet, and Buffet, just to name a few.

Bow Baffle
$50

Eliminate that pesky gurgle in your low C-B region. As air travels around your saxophone’s bow, the air on the inside track will reach its destination prior to air traveling on the outside track. This creates turbulence and results in a gurgle. Installing a baffle in your bow will correct the problem, and it’s a more graceful solution than dropping an end plug/mouthpiece cap/wine cork down your instrument’s bell.

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!