All Instrument Repair
Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, and Banjo Repair
Restring: The most common repair. String life varies depending on how much you play them. If your strings start to sound dull, begin to unravel, or look dirty it's probably time for a change.
Nut Replacement: The nut is the small piece of plastic or bone that the strings rest on where the neck meets the headstock. Nut replacement is not an easy task since each nut has to be carved to the perfect width, radius, and height for each guitar. If the nut isn't fitted properly, it will be uncomfortable to play.
Action and Intonation Adjustment: Action is how close the strings are to the frets and intonation refers to the accuracy of the pitch as you play different notes on the fretboard. Action that is too high is difficult to play and poor intonation can make a guitar play out of tune. Problems with action and intonation can be caused by all sorts of things: warped necks, uneven frets, bad nuts, mis-adjusted bridges, and bad strings.
Truss Rod Adjustment: This is a common repair for guitar necks that have become warped. The truss rod is a metal rod extending through the neck of the guitar that controls the amount of bow allowed in the neck. An over adjusted truss rod can break and result in a ruined instrument, so adjusting one should only be attempted by a skilled technician.
Electronic Repair: The electronics in guitars are prone to hum, pop, and cutout with age. Our repair technicians will assess the cause of the problem, re-solder and rewire where needed, and replace any faulty parts.
Orchestral Strings Repair
Initial Setup: It is common for people to buy new instruments directly from companies that have not been setup at all. To play as well as possible, the instrument needs to be setup correctly by a qualified technician.
Re-positioning Sound Posts: Stringed instruments have a small dowel called a sound post suspended between the top and bottom of the instrument. Proper placement of this post is vital for the instrument to play with the proper tone. This post often falls over if the instrument gets jarred in some way and is difficult to place back correctly.
Fitting Bridges: After extended use, humidity, and other factors, the bridge (the wooden arch the strings rest on) may split and break. Unfortunately, one cannot just buy a new wooden bridge and put it on. Because each instrument is different, the legs of the new bridge must be sanded, and top of the bridge shaped to match, to create a proper fit.
Fitting Tuning Pegs: When they are being replaced, the tuning pegs on the scroll must also be shaped to fit. If the pegs do not fit perfectly with your violin, it will be difficult to keep it in tune.
Restring: The most frequent repair. String life varies depending on how much you play them. If your strings start to sound dull, begin to unravel, or look dirty it's probably time for a change.
Stuck Valves: Valves that are not oiled or cleaned frequently enough can become sticky. If your valve becomes completely stuck, be sure to bring it in for repair, because removing it yourself may result in damaging your instrument further. It is also important that you only remove the valves of your instrument if you know exactly what to do. Valves have to be placed in a specific order and position to function correctly.
Loose or Tight Tuning Slides: If a tuning slide is not lubricated or becomes bent, it could become unmovable or may detach.
Re-soldering Finger Guides: Finger guides on trumpets and horns do tend to come off. Fortunately re-soldering them back on is a quick repair to have done.
Replacing Felts, Corks, Springs, and Valve Guides: These parts on brass instruments can be replaced as they wear out. Services for this type of work will be repaired by our local technician that has 30 plus years of experience.
Dents & Dings: Many of these blemishes can be repaired on brass instruments. In some severe cases it is possible to replace damaged parts with new ones. Services for this type of work will be repaired by our local technician that has 30 plus years of experience.
Re-corks: The corks used to join mouthpieces, necks, and other components of wind instruments will eventually wear down or tear. Fortunately, this is one of the simplest and most common repairs to have done.
Spring Replacement: The springs that keep tension on the keys can become loose and sometimes even break off.
Re-pads: Air leaks are caused by poor alignment of the keys or by old pads that don't completely seal anymore. Pads can also become sticky with age. You know a pad is in good shape if you hear a subtle 'pop' when you close the key. Pad replacement is a difficult job. Services for this type of work will be repaired by our local technician that has 30 plus years of experience.
Regulation: This is the task of adjusting the keys and pads of the woodwind instrument so that they are aligned correctly and are at the right height over the tone holes. This can vary widely from instrument to instrument. Services for this type of work will be repaired by our local technician that has 30 plus years of experience.
Dents & Dings: In most cases, these blemishes can be removed from instruments. Services for this type of work will be repaired by our local technician that has 30 plus years of experience.
Bring Us Your Instruments!
Bring your instrument to our store during regular business hours. There is no need to call ahead. At the store, a salesperson will take your instrument and we will give you a receipt showing that you dropped it off.
Scott or Alex will check your instrument and will provide you an estimate of how much it will cost to repair and any other suggestions they may have. All repair estimates at Musical Depot are free! No repairs will begin and no charges will be applied until the repair department has received your 'OK' to begin.
Once the repair is completed,you will be promptly notified that your instrument is ready for pickup. Please note, no instrument may be picked up until all charges are paid in full.