Tuba Family of Instruments

Bass in Eb, Bass in C, and Bass in Bb

Level 1 Service (Playing Condition including Chemical Clean)

Dismantle instrument
Detergent pre-wash
Chemical clean
Remove minor accessible dents
Polish tuning slides to remove corrosion and oxide deposits
If necessary, replace water-key corks, springs, and valve felts
Lubricate valves and tuning slides
Align valve piston and ports
Vacuum or pressure test tuning slides
Reform mouthpiece shank
Polish mouthpiece with tarnish-inhibiting silver polish
Assemble and play test instrument
Clean instrument case
$135

Level 2 Service

All of the work detailed in the Level 1 Service (Playing Condition including Chemical Clean) as well as:
With silver plated instruments: hand polish instrument with tarnish inhibiting silver polish.
With lacquered instruments: buff, polish, and spot lacquer areas where lacquer has worn or surface has corroded and hand polish all lacquered surfaces with lacquer polish.

  • For a 3 valve tuba $185
  • For a 4 valve tuba $195
  • For a 5 valva tuba $210

For a silver plated instrument add $65 reflecting the extra time needed to hand polish the silver finish.

Level 3 Service (Complete Overhaul)

Dismantle instrument
Detergent pre-wash
Chemical clean
Remove all dents and other surface blemishes
Polish tuning slides to remove corrosion and oxide deposits
Replace water-key corks, springs, valve felts and corks
Lubricate valves and tuning slides
Align valve pistons and ports
Vacuum or pressure test tuning slides
Reform mouthpiece shank
Polish mouthpiece with tarnish-inhibiting silver polish
Remove all old lacquer
Buff and polish all body parts
Degrease body parts
Re-lacquer instrument with epoxy oven-baked instrument lacquer (or to customer’s specifications)
In the case of silver plated instrument, prepare the instrument for re-plating.

Price determined after inspecting and assessing the instrument and ascertaining price for re-lacquering or re-plating as the case may be.