2114 Cherokee St. | St. Louis, MO 63118 | 314-664-1234 | info@saxquest.com

Clarinet Repair

Saxquest specializes in mechanical overhauls, and total instrument restorations as well as personalized setups and custom key work. Our focus has always been on YOU as a player. Our shop philosophy is to approach each repair as a partnership with you. In that spirit, if you have a pad preference that you'd like us to use, we're happy to oblige. Otherwise, we have a wealth of experience with what works best for different scenarios and we're happy to make suggestions for you.

Minor Repairs are billed at a rate of $50/hr shop rate


Professional Model Clarinet

price for dent work and parts not included

Mechanical Overhaul for Professional Model Instruments

Wood Soprano: $450 - Wood Alto: $650 - Wood Bass: $850 - Straight Contra-Bass: $1150 - Curved Contra-Bass: $1400
Instrument is checked for loose pads, screws, rods, and tenon corks The mechanism is oiled
Worn or missing key corks, felts, or other silencers are replaced Any foreign material in the bore is removed
Corrosion is removed from hinge tubes, hinge rods, and pivot screws Any loose posts are tightened
Lost motion is removed from the key mechanism Pad leaks are eliminated by floating the pads
The key mechanism is regulated to playing condition and the venting height is adjusted Mouthpiece is cleaned and checked for damage
The instrument is disassembled and the mechanism is refit (swedged) to proper tolerances. Straighten rods and keys as necessary.
The instrument parts are cleaned in detergent then oiled. All new pads, key corks, and tenon corks are installed. Pad leaks are eliminated by floating pads.
Seal posts, screws, octave well, and caps. Reface tone holes, secure posts, and adjust springs and replace when necessary.
Regulate to top playing condition. Fill posts to remove excess rod play.
All new pads, key corks, tenon corks, and springs (as needed). Special attention to venting of pads to assure proper pitch and clarity.
Seal posts, screws, octave wells. and caps. Correct intonation if needed.
The keys are refit to closer tolerances. Pads are leveled to closer tolerances.
Keys and body buffed and polished Case is cleaned inside and out
The instrument receives a final play
1 Year Warranty

Student Model Clarinets

price for dent work and parts not included

Playing Condition for Student Model Instruments (Plus Pads)

Plastic Soprano $69 - Plastic Alto $89 - Plastic Bass $109 - Straight Contra-Bass $209 - Wood Soprano $99 - Wood Alto $119 - Wood Bass $129 - Curved Contra-Bass $249
Instrument is checked for loose pads, screws, rods, and tenon corks The mechanism is oiled
Worn or missing key corks, felts, or other silencers are replaced Any foreign material in the bore is removed
Corrosion is removed from hinge tubes, hinge rods, and pivot screws Any loose posts are tightened
Lost motion is removed from the key mechanism Pad leaks are eliminated by floating the pads
The key mechanism is regulated to playing condition and the venting height is adjusted Mouthpiece is cleaned and checked for damage
Case is cleaned inside and out The instrument receives a final play
30 Day Warranty

Mechanical Overhaul for Student Model Instruments

Plastic Soprano: $199 - Plastic Alto: $500 - Plastic Bass: $550 - Straight ContraBass: $700 - Wood Soprano: $299 - Wood Alto: $550 - Wood Bass: $600
Includes everything in a student PC, plus:
The instrument is disassembled and the mechanism is refit (swedged) to proper tolerances. Straighten rods and keys as necessary.
The instrument parts are cleaned in detergent then oiled. All new pads, key corks, and tenon corks are installed. Pad leaks are eliminated by floating pads.
Seal posts, screws, octave well, and caps. Reface tone holes, secure posts, and adjust springs and replace when necessary.
Regulate to top playing condition. The instrument receives a final play test and wipe down.
6 Month Warranty

Individual Services for Clarinet:

Tenon corks (First) $20.00 Tenon corks (Additional or with Playing Condition) $15.00
Loose body rings tightened $25.00 Pads Replaced-Bladder $4.00 each
Pads Replaced-Cork $4.00 each Pads Replaced-Leather $10.00 each
Polish $25.00 Straighten bent tone holes $10.00 each
Wash plastic body $20.00 Adjust/Reinstall neck tenon $30.00
Refit bass clarinet neck $25.00 Key Transfers (per joint +pads) $75.00
Solder (silver) per joint $25.00 Oil body and bore $20.00
Remount thumb rest (+parts) $25.00 Crack pinning $20.00 each
Shimming Contra-bass pads $10.00 each Ribbon wrap crack repair $50.00
Flush body $45.00 Undercut Tone Holes $50.00
Key buffing Bores polished
Soprano $45.00 Soprano & Alto $12.00
Alto-Bass $65.00 Bass $14.00
Contra-Bass $80.00 Contra-Bass $16.00
By Quote Only:
Case repair Chimney repairs Chip filling (body & toneholes) Cut Out Stuck Hinge Rods
Damaged/Worn Tone Holes Dent work Free Binding Keys Key fitting
Make New Hinge Rods Redressing Tone Holes Regulate Removal of stuck swab
Replace Cork Replace or Repair Tenons Sticky Pads & Tone Holes Straighten Bent Hinge Rods
Straighten Bent Keys Straighten body or bell Tenon/Socket Replacement Wood sanding or refinishing work
Professional quality pads
Request a quote and/or time frame for repair work.