Repairs and Customization




* Note: These gift cards can only be used for repair and customization services from the repair shop. Merchandise gift cards are sold here.

 

 

We repair all brass instruments, with an emphasis on French horns, trumpets, and trombones. Trusted by many top band programs and world-renowned professional musicians in Texas and beyond for over 30 years.

Our standard shop rate is $136 an hour, charged in 15-minute increments. Rush repairs are available with 10% rush fee (some exceptions and extra fees may apply).

The prices below are estimates; please visit the shop in person for a more accurate estimate.

Ultrasonic Cleaning

These prices represent the average cleaning cost for our most common instruments. Costs may vary depending on the model and condition of your instrument.

Trumpets — $140 (lacquered) or $180 (unlacquered – includes polishing)
Trombones — $180 (F attachment), $150 (straight), $200 (bass)
Double Horns — $215
Triple Horns — $400

  • Full Disassembly
  • Degreasing
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning
  • Bearing Adjustment
  • Replace Bumpers
  • Replace Strings
  • Full Lubrication

Rotor Bearing Adjustment

$60 per rotor

  • Full Disassembly
  • Degreasing
  • Bearing Adjustment
  • Full Lubrication

Rotor Valve Rebuild

$300 per rotor

  • Full Disassembly
  • Degreasing
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning
  • Copper- then nickel-plating of rotors
  • Hand-lapping of rotors
  • Bearing Adjustment
  • Replace Bumpers
  • Replace Strings
  • Full Lubrication

Other Instruments and Services

We service:

  • Alto Horn
  • Baritone
  • Cornet
  • Euphonium
  • Flugelhorn
  • French Horn
  • Marching Brass
  • Mellophone
  • Sousaphone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba

We may be able to repair other instruments on a case-by-case basis. The shop rate is $135/hour, charged in 15-minute increments for tasks such as dent work, polishing, and soldering.

For questions about a specific instrument or repair, please contact us.

Repair FAQ

Q: How much will it cost to get an estimate on my repair?

A: Estimates are provided free of charge.

Q: How long will my repair take?

A: Our shop will always strive to return your repaired instrument in a timely, convenient manner. You may choose to schedule an appointment with us for a “while you wait” repair, in which case we will assign a technician to finish it that same day. Alternatively, you may drop off the instrument during business hours and arrange for a mutually agreeable pickup time.

Emergency repairs are available for an additional 10% rush repair fee (some exceptions apply).

Q: When is the best time to bring my instrument in for repair?

A: We recommend bringing your instrument in during the school year. The back-to-school rush from late July through August can slow service and increase wait times, so try and avoid scheduling non-urgent maintenance during that period.

Q: Why do I need to have my instrument professionally cleaned? Can’t I just clean it at home?

A: Standard wear and tear from regular use will affect your instrument. Even if a brass instrument does not appear dirty on the outside, dirt and grease will build up on the interior. Buildup can cause valves, slides, and mouthpieces to become sticky or sluggish, or even to get stuck in the instrument. We recommend having your instrument professionally cleaned once a year to maintain optimal playing condition.

Be sure to regularly snake out your lead pipe between professional cleanings!

Q: Do dents affect my instrument?

A: Most dents are purely cosmetic, but some can affect the sound quality or structural integrity of your instrument. We recommend you have dents removed to maintain your instrument in optimal playing condition.