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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000333.txt from 2002/02

From: "Tony Wakefield" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Servicing of instruments
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 06:13:35 -0500

Hi Martin,
Can`t better Ian Black`s advice. Just to say that Dawkes have a minimum
charge (for Clarinets) of £12, which I think is far too steep. Someone might
only want one pad fitted, or one spring, or a tenon re-corked. I believe
they say that they do have to give the instrument a checking over
afterwards. This may possibly be due to the possibility of an inexperienced
customer asking for the <wrong> repair to be carried out, thus the shop will
be trying to avoid the tricky situation whereby the customer accuses the
technician of not carrying out what work was asked for in the first place?

Hope the new venture at Trinity is working. Has the principal offered you a
lecturing position yet?

Tony W.

> My question is to those who repair and service clarinets and > to all
clarinet teachers
> I own three music shops in England. How often do you > recommend
students to have their instruments serviced?
> What is a fair price to charge?
> I want to find the balance of what is best for the student and
> what is best for their instruments! Not what is best for the
> shops!
> Thank you for your replies.
> Kind regards
> Martin Powell


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