All woodwinds undertaken, from simple repairs to total rebuilds, restorations and re-plating
Bassoon and contra specialist, including repairs and alterations to keywork and crooks (bocals), and instrument voicing/tuning
Some recent instruments worked on:
The widely recorded bassoon of Laurence Perkins
Bassoons and contras by Heckel, Buffet, Fox, Moosman, Puchner, Soulsby, Adler, Huller, Kolhert, Mönnig, Renard, Mahillon, etc.
Vintage contras by Heckel (pre-WWI), Mollenhauer (ex LSO, 1936) and Monnig (ex ROH, 1946). Post-war contrabassoons by Heckel, Mollenhauer, Fox, Buffet, Adler, Monnig and Amati.
Professional saxophones, flutes, piccolos, oboes, cor anglais, clarinets, bass clarinets and even the occassional alto clarinet.
Student and intermediate level flutes (Buffet, Jupiter, Trevor Jame, Yamaha, etc), clarinets (B&H, Bundy, Buffet, Jupiter. Yamaha, etc), bass clarinets (Yamaha, Bundy, Ealham & Vito), saxophones (Earlham, Jupiter, Stagg, etc) and bassoons (B&H, Corton, Renard, etc) including 'on-site' visit to schools taking part in the 'Wider Opportunities' scheme.
Keywork alteration to a Buffet Contrabassoon
During the repair and overhaul of this rare 1961 French-system contrabassoon, the owner asked for a roller to be added to one of the LH third finger keys.
A crook (bocal) dent removal project
This Heckel CC2 goldbrass crook had a serious dent near the lettering. The dent has been almost completely removed. The remaining scratch will be left as polishing it out will thin the metal. Below are the before and after pictures:
N.B. When asked, Heckel stated they no longer make CC crooks in goldbrass, so this particular crook is definitely worth repairing!