Welcome to Ian Harvey Woodwind

Servicing, Repairs and Sales in the heart of Cheshire

News


17th November 2021

Some more bassoon crooks available to buy, including a Leitzinger, an Allgood high note crook and a couple of Heckels!

7th August 2021

CLOSED for summer holiday. Re-opening on Wednesday 25th August.

15th July 2021

Now open after completing covid self isolation. I am currently recovering from post-covid fatigue and will be working shorter hours until I feel better.

5th July 2021

Coronavirus Update - CLOSED until Thursday July 15th due to having to isolate

12th April 2021

With the latest easing in COVID restrictions, clients are now legally allowed to enter my new workshop - but must wear a mask! So you can test your newly repaired/serviced instrument on collection if you wish. Or perhaps you want to try one of the instruments / bassoon crooks I have available for sale? Until COVID is finally resolved, I anticipate many people will still just want to "click and collect" their own instruments, as has worked successfully for the last year.

3 day instrument quarantine remains for the foreseeable future, but instruments can now be dropped off 4 days a week: Monday or Tuesday (out of quarantine the same working week), or Thursday or Friday (out of quarantine the following Monday). No on-the-spot repairs will be possible until quarantine can be done away with.

A reminder - as prior to COVID, all visits are strictly by appointment only. Please continue to wear a mask.

16th March 2021

After more than a year of not allow clients into my house / workshop, I anticipate being able to welcome you into my new workshop when England moves to stage 2 of the lockdown roadmap, which we all hope will be on April 12th. I will post more news as the situation becomes more certain.

January 2021

Coronavirus Update - operating & accepting new work

  •   gov.uk guidance on the England lockdown restrictions state that "businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services". On that basis, my workshop remains open for repairing and servicing your woodwind instruments through the lockdown. You are permitted to leave home to "obtain services" under the essential activities heading.

 Please see here for full information.

December 2nd 2020

Coronavirus Update - Open & accepting work

Following the end of the November English lockdown, my workshop remains open for repairing and servicing your woodwind instruments. Until either I have been vaccinated or Cheshire moves down to tier 1 restrictions, I am using a "click and collect" service for the majority of instruments. On-site trials of instruments is now possible with certain precautions. All instruments undergo 3 days quarantine on arrival so no on-the-spot repair work is possible. Instruments will be inspected when you bring them.

October 2020

"Thanks, the clarinet is massively improved and amazing to play. The sax is definitely easier to play - it's just better, easier, more jazzy but he can't explain why. He's enjoying the improvements and playability on both instrument. He's happy so I'm happy. Five stars to you! "

text received from a happy parent.

15th June 2020

Coronavirus Update - re-opening today

I am open from today and able to repair and service your woodwind instruments again. You will find many changes, including
(1) I am currently open for the receipt and collection of instrument on Mondays and Thursdays only. This is being kept under review.
(2) All instruments will undergo 3 days quarantine on arrival so no on-the-spot work is possible.
(3) The bore of the instrument (including mouthpieces and crooks) must be dry and all reeds and cleaning materials (swabs, mops, etc) MUST be removed from the case before you bring the instrument.
(4) I have moved my workshop so you will no longer come into my house.

All visits remain by appointment only and currently instrument hand-overs are outside, maintaining 2 metre social distancing.

1st April 2020

Coronavirus Status

In light of the current restrictions on movement outside of people's homes, I have decided to stop taking in new repair and servicing work. I will review this as soon as we have news on any future easing of restrictions. I am not currently taking future bookings but will restart bookings if the situation changes. I am continuing to work on instruments that are already here. I remain available to discuss your woodwind repair / servicing needs by email, text or phone during this period.

26th February 2020

There is a collapsed drain and open excavation partially blocking access to my drive. We are now dependent on the council to repair and reinstate the access, so the timeline is not known. Please take care!

drive blocked

 

23rd December 2019 - 1st January 2020

I will be closed for a Christmas break from Monday 23rd December, re-opening on Thursday 2nd January. I will not be answering emails, texts or phone messages during this period.

9th December 2019

This domain transferred to a new registrar ISP over the weekend and was initially offline. The website transferred today and everything should now be working correctly. If you run into any problems with the website, please let me know!

March 2019

"I am still very excited every time I play my bassoon with the Puchner crook.  Many thanks for all your help with it."

email received following a major overhaul of a Soulsby bassoon and selection of a matching crook

March 2019

Well-known bassoonist Laurence Perkins is undertaking a major 20th century bassoon recording project with Hyperion. He needs to raise funds to cover recording costs and is currently crowdfunding to raise money. Sample recordings and lots of information can be found at  https://laurenceperkins.com/seagod-recording/

March 2018

"Just wanted to let you know how pleased my daughter is with how well the clarinet is playing. She tells me that it’s much easier to play it now, and I don’t have to nagg her to go and practice as it’s now a pleasure not a pain."

email received from a happy parent.

September 2017

"Just wanted to say thanks for the recent repairs you carried out on my son's clarinet. He is really impressed with the results and keeps telling me how much easier it is to play. If he's happy, so am I!"

text received from a happy parent.

July 2017

"Just played quintets all evening and the bassoon is transformed. You’ve done a wonderful job, thanks. The intonation is certainly much improved and there is no key noise."

Email received from the owner of a 10k Heckel bassoon following extensive bore and mechanical work.

June 2017

"I just wanted to say a big Thank You for the servicing you did on my Adler recently.  It no longer sounds like I’m rattling the cutlery draw when I play and in the Verdi Requiem last week, it sounded a million dollars.  The clarinet section even commented on it.  The bottom register is definitely more responsive and the working crook lock is a revelation (now I’ve trained myself not to put it on by mistake!)

Wish I’d had it done earlier!"

 

March 2014

So what's the difference between an A clarinet and a C clarinet? More than I imagined - about 10 cm!

 

February 2014

Having just completed major overhauls to a Buffet contrabassoon and Mahillon bassoon for a client from Dublin, I thought it would be nice to have some 'meet the cousins' photos : French and German made contrabassoons, a Belgium-made French bassoon and an American-made German bassoon!

July 2013

Ian. Wow! I am very impressed by your work.  You've taken a neglected  bassoon and completely transformed it! It plays beautifully and sounds better now than it ever did! I love how I can  now play very quietly in the lower register. I think you're right about the crook so I'll play a bit more to make sure but 1st impressions are very favourable.  It arrived at 11.oo am, so full marks to Royal Mail too.
Thanks again for all you've done.

I'm always pleased to receive emails like the one above! This one follows the overhaul of a rather tired 1970's Mönnig bassoon, carried out 'at arms length' as the owner lives in Northern Ireland, the instrument was shipped to me and back and and we still haven't met!

 

July 2010

I have recently completed a major service to the bassoon of well known bassoonist Laurence Perkins, one of Britain’s leading solo and orchestral bassoonists. Laurence’s work includes more than 30 years as Principal Bassoonist in Manchester Camerata, with whom he has given concerts as far afield as Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Laurence writes:

Just to say a big 'thank you' for all your recent work on my bassoon, including the emergency repair last week. I cannot tell you how glad I was that all was working so well when I got into a recording session a couple of days later recording music with a fair number of exposed quiet low entries! It feels absolutely great now, and I know that I can now approach Elgar Romance, Vinter Playful Pachyderm, Dutilleux Sarabande et Cortege, trios by Farrenc and Glinka and the Schubert Octet (all coming up in concerts in the next 5 weeks) with total confidence - if anything is wrong, it will be me! Your excellent work is very much appreciated.