Woodwind and Brass Musical Instrument Repair Services by McBride Music Company

McBride Music Company specializes in woodwind and brass musical instrument repair. With more than forty years experience in musical instrument repair, our customers have come to depend on us for quality time and time again. See our pricing page for current repair costs.

Ultrasonic Cleaning ($65)

Ultrasonic cleaning is a safe and thorough cleaning process that cleans instruments inside and out without using harsh chemicals. It safely removes deposits and years of built-up "gunk" that occurs with common use. We recommend cleaning brass instruments—trumpet, cornet, trombone, baritone and French horns—once every year. Cost is $65. Pulling stuck slides and replacing felts and corks if needed is extra and will be assessed when we see the instrument. Learn more about ultrasonic cleaning.


Woodwind musical instrument repair typically fall into three categories, very minor repair, average repair, and major repair. Your repair needs may range from very small issues--a missing cork or a broken spring--to complete refurbishing. Regardless of the extent of work necessary, all instruments will be adjusted to play. Some of the most common repairs performed are the repad and complete overhaul.

Repad includes everything except restoring the finish. All pads, joint corks and key corks are replaced. Springs are checked and replaced if needed. Tone holes, including raised tone holes, are cleaned. Keys are adjusted and reinstalled. Instrument is then adjusted to play.

A complete overhaul involves all the work of a repad plus restoring the finish.

Final Adjustments
All woodwind instruments are subjected to complete adjustment and testing before being released back to the customer. If after the requested repair has been performed and the instrument will not pass this testing, the customer will be notified and appraised of the additional necessary repair.

For woodwind repair pricing, please see our pricing page. For repairs not listed, please contact us for a quote.


Brass musical instrument repairs range from a simple make-play tuneup to dent removal and spot refinishing. We work on trumpet, cornet, baritone, trombone and French horn, large brass and saxophone. Below are the services rendered for each instrument when performing make-play repairs.

Trumpet, Cornet, Baritone horn ($65)
Playing condition consists of:

  • Slides pulled and polished.
  • Interior of instrument is flushed out.
  • Valves polished and new felts and corks installed.
  • Valve casings cleaned.
  • New water key corks.
  • Ant loose bracing cleaned and soldered.
Trombone ($65)
  • Playing condition consists of:
  • Tuning slide pulled and polished.
  • Hand slide cleaned and aligned.
  • Dents removed if necessary.
  • Interior of instrument is flushed out.
  • New water key cork.
French Horn (Single $75.00, Double $90.00)
  • Playing condition consists of:
  • Slides pulled and polished.
  • Valves removed and chemically cleaned.
  • Valve casings chemically cleaned.
  • Interior of instrument is flushed out.
  • Valve stop plates are re corked.
  • Valves are reassembled and restrung.
  • Any loose bracing is cleaned and soldered.

Customer will be notified if any other work needs to be performed.

For more information on pricing, please see our pricing page. For repairs not listed, please contact us for a quote.

Shipping Information

The best method of shipping is UPS ground or FedEx. Motor freight may also be used for very large instruments. Be sure to enclose your repair instructions with the instruments. Please do not attach repair instructions to the outside of the carton. We suggest that you insure the instrument for its full value. We will return the instrument to you using UPS ground. All shipping related costs are the responsibility of the customer. McBride Music Company is located in Woodstock, Illinois. Shipping address will be provided when service has been requested.

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I highly recommend Philip McBride of Woodstock, IL for repair of both woodwind and brass instruments. I am very satisfied with the repairs that he has rendered on my Buffet clarinet. His well equipped and well maintained workshop indicates a true craftsman's attitude toward his work. Testimonial Quote by E.F.B. MD