A couple of years ago I got a call from a guy asking if I could fix his Octavin. While I was talking on the phone I googled “octavin”, and then said yes (that’s an octavin at the top of the page). After getting it in working order I had to figure out the fingering system so I could play test it (sort of half saxophone and half recorder). In truth, all types of woodwinds from all eras use basically the same types of key mechanisms, materials (felt, cork), and pads (flute style, clarinet style, sax leather style). If you have an unusual woodwind, I’d love to take a look at it for you!
Repair cost per hour: $80
It would seem that there’s not much to do on such a simple instrument. Actually, there is.
- It’s a good idea to waterproof the windway, and the best way to do that is to remove the fipple.
- The fipple should be checked for being level and then the top should be sealed. The sides of the fipple are waxed to create a seal when it’s installed.
- The body and head should be oiled inside and out.
- Replace tenon corks if necessary.
- If it has a key and pad, the mechanism is checked for excess motion and corrected. Extra thin leather pads are available in tan or white.