Woodwind Repair

Need your instrument repaired? No appointment is necessary! Bring your instrument in today for a free evaluation. If you're ready after the evaluation, we can begin work immediately. If you'd prefer to contact us about your repair, please fill out our Repair Request Form below. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Fleming Musical Instruments & Repair offers top-of-the-line repair services for all woodwind instruments, including 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 

We thoroughly inspect and adjust your woodwind instrument, replacing key corks, needle springs, flat springs, pads, and tenon corks as needed. We also level and reseat pads, straighten bent key work, and make other adjustments to ensure that your instrument is in good playing condition.

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

We take pride in our re-pad services, and we're confident that you'll be happy with the results. 

At Fleming Musical Instruments & Repair, we are passionate about your instruments and are dedicated to providing YOU, our customer, with the best possible repair services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or just stop by, and let us help you get your instrument back into peak playing condition.

Need Specific Help?

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

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