Oboe & English Horn

Level 1 Service (Playing Condition)

Clean instrument without dismantling it
Replace up to 2 missing, loose or damaged pads (cleaning the remaining pads)
Replace up to 2 missing or worn key corks
Check and tighten loose hinge rods and pivot screws
Check and adjust spring tension
Regulate keys
Adjust key heights
Check tenon corks for proper fit
Lubricate keys
Assemble and play test instrument
Clean instrument case
$95

Level 2 Service

Dismantle instrument
Check tenon corks for proper fit and replace if loose
Detergent wash body (plastic instrument); brush-clean body (wooden instrument)
Buff keys and body rings (nickel plate); hand polish with tarnish-inhibiting silver polish (silver plate)
Level and reface any damaged tone hole
Remove, clean, replace and seal octave vent
Clean, straighten and tighten hinge rods and pivot screws
Replace up to 4 missing, loose or damaged pads (cleaning the remaining pads)
Replace up to 4 missing or worn key corks
Check and adjust spring tension
Regulate keys
Adjust key heights
Lubricate keys
Assemble and play test instrument
Clean instrument case
$155

Level 3 Service (Re-pad)

Dismantle instrument
Replace tenon corks (upper joint – 2; and bell tenons)
Detergent wash body (plastic instrument); brush-clean body (wooden instrument)
Oil (with pharmaceutical grade mineral oil) the bore of wooden instrument
Buff keys and body rings (nickel plate); hand polish with tarnish-inhibiting silver polish (silver plate)
Level and reface any damaged tone hole
Remove, clean, replace and seal octave vent
Clean, straighten and tighten hinge rods and pivot screws
Steps to eliminate end and side play in keys
Check, and re-align if necessary, all keys
Replace all pads
Replace all key corks
Check and adjust spring tension, replacing any weak or loose springs
Regulate keys
Adjust key heights
Lubricate keys
Assemble and play test instrument
Clean instrument case
$385

Level 4 Service (Complete Overhaul)

All of the work detailed in Level 3 Service (Re-pad) as well as:
Remove all body scratches and other surface blemishes
Re-plate worn or corroded keys and body rings

Price determined after inspecting and assessing the instrument and ascertaining price of re-plating

Specific Oboe and English Horn Repairs
  • Replace pad $30
  • Replace key cork $20
  • Replace spring $15
  • Replace tenon cork – upper joint or bell tenon $25
  • Replace pivot screw $15
  • Level and reface tone hole $20
  • Remove, clean, replace and seal octave vent $30