Repair Books

(updated 22 January 2015)

The page contains a variety of repair books. We have provided descriptions to help you deterimine which books are the most suitable for your needs.
Please email us if you have questions. They are in order by title.


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G003: Band Instrument Repairing Manual by Erick Brand. Ferree's Tools, Inc. SB, 204 pages. This is the Eighth Edition (Revised) originally printed in 1978 and reprinted by Ferree's Tools in 1993. Major sections include: General Information; Keywork; Body Work; General Hints on Pads, Springs, & Regulating; Soldering; Cleaning & Polishing, Clarinet Work, Saxophone Work; Inspection; Mouthpiece Work; Oboe & Bassoon Work; Valve Instrument Work; Violin Repairing; Drum Work; and Weights and Measures. It is the section on mouthpiece refacing (21 pages) that makes this book well know and popular with clarinet and sax players who are interested in working on mouthpieces.
C1773: Care and Feeding of Your Clarinet, A User's Guide to Basic Maintenance by Heather Karlsson. H. Karlsson Woodwinds, 2008, SB, 96 pages. This is not a repair book, but it does provide guidance and instruction for the kinds of basic troubleshooting and preventative maintenance that the clarinetist can perform. Learn about such topics as the consequences of neglect on the mouthpiece and body of the clarinet, how to maintain the clarinet mechanism and keep repair costs to a minimum, how to take care of the wood of the clarinet, and the basics of reed and mouthpiece mechanics.
WW007: Clarinet, Saxophone, & Flute Repair Manual - Step by Step Easy Directions for Overhauling Your Instrument by Lawrence Frank, Frank Woodwind Repair, SB, 76 pages. This books was written because of the author's dissatisfaction with other repair manuals. It is intended for clarinet, saxophone, and flute players from high school through professionals who want to work on their own instruments. It is also recommended for band directors who need to do emergency repairs.
C133: A Clarinetist's Notebook Vol. I: Care and Repair by Robert Schmidt. 1978, SB, 152 pages. A detailed guide to clarinet repair with 250 photographs and 140 drawings. At bit dated in spots (scraps of asbestos being used to align keys for soldering) but has more detailed information than any other available book.
C230: The Clarinet Revealed by Ernest Ferron translated from the French by Jacqueline Rose. International Music Diffusion, 1996, PB, 109 pages. Ernest Ferron has drawn from his experience as a master instrument maker and from his contact with leading instrumentalists to produce a synthesis of his knowledge. The first 60 pages covers how a clarinet works with details on the bore, barrel, bell, mouthpiece, reeds, and tuning. The rest of the book is on the tools and techniques of clarinet repair.
BR018: Guide to Brass Musical Instrument Repair by Christopher Page Bluemel. Northeastern Music Publications, 2011, SB, 246 pages. At last, a book on brass instrument repair! This book, by master repair technician, Chris Bluemel, covers repairs from basic simple repairs to professional repair work. It is a step-by-step guide to brass repair. Easy to read and designed for use the book while repairing brass instruments. Lots of photos and diagrams. Perfect for classroom repair as well as a guide individuals.
WW002: A Guide to Repairing Woodwinds Second Edition by Ronald Saska. Roncorp, 2013, SB, 244 pages. This book was originally developed for the woodwind repair courses at the State University of New York, College at Morrisville. The book is intended for those who wish to learn professional repair techniques using professional equipment. The clarinet is the subject of the basic repair instruction. Additional information is provided for repairing oboes, flutes, bassoons, saxophones, and harmony clarinets. Nine appendices include useful reference information on repair procedures, tools, equipment and supplies. For the second edition this book has been typeset and the appendices that cover the suppliers of tools, parts, and supplies have been brought up to date. Click on the cover image to view the Table of Contents.
G046: Instrument Repair for the Music Teacher by Burton Stanley. Alfred Publishing Co., 1978, PB, 154 pages. A bit dated, perhaps, and more detailed than the name suggests, this book provides instructions for the most common repair procedures for woodwind and brass instruments. The primary focus is on clarinet, flute, piston valve brass, rotary valve brass, and trombone. Corking the saxophone neck is covered but not saxophone repadding.
Ob018: A Method for Adjusting the Oboe and English Horn by Carl J. Sawicki. 1986, SB, 40 pages. Because the mechanisms on the oboe and English horn are complex, a systematic method is required for regulation. This book provides step by step guidance for the adjustment process. It includes diagrams of  the top and bottom joints of the oboe and English horn to assist in the process.
S958: The Saxophone Handbook by Douglas D. Skinner. Berklee Press, 2013, PB, 90 pages. A complete guide to playing and maintenance, this handbook offers essential information on all dimensions of the saxophone. It provides an overview of technique, such as breathing, fingerings, articulations, and more. Exercises will help you develop your sense of timing, facility, and sound. Extensive directions (with illustrations) on repairs will help you maintain your instrument and customize it to support your own playing style and preferences. You'll learn to fine-tune your reed, recork the keys, fix binding keys, replace pads, and many other repairs and adjustments. You'll also learn to improve your tone, intonation, and flexibility while playing with proper technique. While saxophone repair is only one of five chapters in this book, it does an excellent job of covering  basic repairs and adjustments.
S060: The Saxophone Is My Voice by Ernest Ferron translated from the French by Jacqueline Rose. International Music Diffusion, 1997, PB, 117 pages. Ernest Ferron has drawn from his experience as a master instrument maker and from his contact with leading instrumentalists to produce a synthesis of his knowledge. The first 48 pages covers how a saxophone functions with details on Adolphe Sax's parabola, the neck, bow, tone holes, bell, mouthpiece, reeds, and tuning. The rest of the book is on the tools and techniques of saxophone repair and adjustment.

S606: Saxophone Manual by Stephen Howard. Haynes Publishing, 2009, HB, 164 pages. Written by a British saxophonist and instrument repairer this is a guide to: choosing and buying a saxophone, how the saxophone works and what can go wrong, lubrication and preventing wear, removing and refitting keywork, setting up the action, advanced repairs (replacing pads and springs), trouble shooting common problems, and major problems--when to call on a repairer. Profusely illustrated by color photographs.

Bindings:  HB: Hard Bound,  PB: Perfect Bound (paperback with square spine),  SS: Saddle Stitch (paper, folded and stapled),  SB: Spiral Bound (plastic or metal)