Woodwind Repair

Is your woodwind instrument not sounding its best? We're here to help! Bring it by for a free evaluation – no appointment needed. We'll diagnose the issue and discuss your options. If you decide to proceed, we can often begin the repair immediately. Want more info first? Fill out our repair form below and we'll happily answer any questions.

Fleming Musical Instruments & Repair offers top-of-the-line repair services for all woodwind instruments, including all saxophones, clarinets, flutes, oboes, piccolos, bassoons, and bass clarinets. Whether you need a simple tenon cork replacement or a professional/symphony level overhaul, our experienced technicians can handle it all. We also offer re-pads, crack pinning, key straightening, brazing broken keys, spring replacement, and everything in between.

Our commitment to quality is second to none. We use only the highest quality parts and materials, and our technicians are experts in their field. We understand that your instrument is important to you, and we treat every repair with the utmost care and attention.

Whether you're a student, professional musician, or hobbyist, we can help you keep your woodwind instrument in top playing condition. Contact us today to learn more about our repair services or to schedule an appointment.

Playing Condition Service 

  • Thoroughly inspect and adjust your woodwind instrument
  • Replace key corks, needle springs, flat springs, pads, and tenon corks as needed
  • Level and reseat pads
  • Straighten bent key work
  • Make other adjustments to ensure that your instrument is in good playing condition

The Playing Condition is our most popular service. If you're coming in for a 'tune-up' or 'quick adjustment' this is the service you're looking for! We take pride in getting your instrument back into your hands quickly and usually take about a week.

Professional/Symphony Level Overhauls

  • Completely disassemble and inspect the instrument
  • Replace all key corks and pads
  • Replace any tenon corks and adjust tenon clearance
  • Clean the interior and exterior of the instrument
  • Align and center all key cups
  • Balance and equalize spring tensions
  • Calibrate all key heights and openings
  • Calibrate all key work to ensure maximum allowable travel tolerances
  • Custom fit all key work
  • Swedge and/or straighten keys as necessary
  • Hand polish key work to a high gloss
  • Inspect all body surfaces, rings, octave and register tubes
  • Replace needle springs and flat springs as necessary
  • Level tone holes as necessary
  • Match keys and rods for free-flowing action
  • Oil exterior and interior wood instrument body surfaces
  • Remove all lost motion between key adjustments
  • Oil all key work
  • Play test the instrument to ensure ease of playing and balance throughout all ranges

Special techniques are used throughout the entire overhaul process to give each instrument a unique "feel" that sets it apart from ordinary instruments.

In summary, our professional/symphony level overhauls give your woodwind instrument a new lease on life, making it sound and play its best.


  • Completely disassemble the instrument
  • Remove all old pads and corks
  • Inspect all keys
  • Clean the interior and exterior of the instrument
  • Align and center all key cups
  • Replace all key corks and pads, leveling them to exacting specifications
  • Replace any tenon corks
  • Oil exterior and interior wood instrument body surfaces
  • Inspect and replace needle springs and flat springs as necessary
  • Straighten bent key work
  • Remove dents (optional)
  • Adjust the instrument as necessary
  • Oil all key work

Ready to Get Started?

Two Easy Options:

  1. Walk In: Visit us anytime for a free evaluation. If you're ready, we can often start the repair immediately.
  2. Contact Us: Fill out our repair form above for a personalized quote and to further discuss your repair needs.

We're passionate about helping musicians of all levels keep their instruments in top shape. Let us bring your woodwind back to life!


Need Specific Help?

Feel free to call us @ 713-426-3663 or email Wes.Hughes@flemingrepair.com

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