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In Tune Musical Services was started in 1998 by Ivan Bowker to cater for all repairs to woodwind and brass instruments - for all players from the beginner to the professional.
Based in Perth Western Australia, Ivan has been
as a professional
in Western Australia for 30 years and offers a prompt quality service
at an affordable
offers door to door courier service if you cannot come to us.
In Tune Musical Services are authorised repairers
Clarinets, Yanagisawa Saxophones, Trevor James Flutes, Matkei Flutes
If you are having trouble finding a reliable, top quality repairer or just friendly advice, please give us a call.
We have service and warranty arrangements with YAMAHA AUSTRALIA, and most instrument outlets.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do you know you are getting a proper service and who is doing the repair?
Where do I go to get a proper service and how much should I pay?
You need to find a repairer who is a musician in this field of expertise and has a good reputation as a repairer.
Ask around friends and other muso's for references, then call the repair and ask "What do you get for your money".
I see a lot of instruments that have obviously never had a proper clean and just a repair has been carried out. This is only half of the job.
Keeping your instrument clean and germ free is as important as keeping it in good playing order.
Clarinet, saxes, flutes, trumpets etc, all harbour bugs, grime and diseases.
Considering we all get coughs and colds, we eat and drink sticky drinks and food which then get sprayed down our instruments when we play.
It's a good idea to wash your mouth out before you play an instrument as food particles get stuck between your teeth.
Playing somebody else's instrument is not particularly hygienic to do.
Buying a Second Hand Instrument
Keeping inmind, you don't know who has used it or where it has been and your going to stick it in your mouth.
The first thing you need to do is get it cleaned and serviced.
You can and will catch cold germs/mouth ulcers and even gastro from a second hand instrument.
Particularly woodwind instruments need a clean and bath at least once a year.
If you are hiring an instrument, you need to know if it has been cleaned and disinfected. If your not sure, take it to a repairer. Don't trust the hire company!
Coughs and colds do live inside instruments and every time you stick it in your mouth, you are continually going to bred to that source.
School Instruments generally get handed from one child to another every year with little thought and consideration to cleanliness and hygiene.
It s not until the instrument needs a repair that it might get a clean.
Due to repair costs and budgetary constraints the O.H & S. get forgotten about.
You wouldn't give your child somebody else's left over food, so would you give them somebody else's left over instrument?
The relevant health and safety authorities do not take any interest in this area (having already canvassed them myself).
This is why I need to bring to your attention as a consumer entering in this activity.
The advantages of dealing directly with the repairer are:
You will be shown how to clean your instrument, learn the importance of maintenance and caring for your instrument.
If regular services are over looked, the functionality will deteriorate resulting in excessive wear and tear and dramatic reduction in the life of the instrument.
Oiling an instrument should be done regularly to stop rattles and squeaks, and also reduces wear and tear./
Some teachers don't consider it their job to teach students about maintenance.
Some repairers charge like wounded bulls, so ring around and get a quote up front or ask for a second opinion. You don't need to pay the earth for quality servicing.
Use my repair schedule as a guide to what you may expect to pay.