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by Sax_Shark
(134 posts)
8 years ago

Repair Career

Does anyone have an idea of what an annual salary is for an instrument repairman? I know that it depends on a lot - location, business, etc. - but I just wanted to get an idea of the field. Any and all responses would be appriciated. Thanks

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  1. by Slausonm
    (51 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: Repair Career

    Wow! Repairmans annual salary turns into buying a C-Melody? When I left the repair shop in Elkhart in 1989, I was making about $35,000 a year. I took a severe pay cut to go into a family business and stopped repairing ful time. I now repair part time and sell a few instruments to suppliment my teaching income. (not music) I worked in an overhaul shop that repaired everything. I did mostly big brass and specialty repairs. For about 5 years after I left the shop my old boss would send me repairs to do that my replacement couldn't do. My boss has since retired and sold the business. I found the repairs to be too repititious after a while. One tuba looks like the next after a while. Matt

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  2. by KCHORNS_REPAIR
    (11 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: Repair Career

    $25,000- $40,000 a year I know some make more and I'm sure some make less.

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    1. by EAGLE_WISARD
      (8 posts)

      7 years ago

      Re: Repair Career

      are you a shop or work out of your house can you help with a problem onweahter a 1922 c melody is worth 200

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      1. by Sax Mom
        (964 posts)

        7 years ago

        Re: Repair Career

        I don't believe I'd pay $200 for a C Melody, unless I really wanted one and couldn't find one for less.

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        1. by EAGLE_WISARD
          (8 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Repair Career

          it rearly was beutifull even with all the tarnish but they said needs repad and maybe some springs im in this for my grandauter

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        2. by Tbone
          (120 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Repair Career

          Pass on it and get her an alto. If she gets into a school band there's no C-mels there.

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        3. by EAGLE_WISARD
          (8 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Repair Career

          to follow up she was playing clarinet and wanted to step up to tenor sax which i got her, had to get 200 doller nockoff in time for her 13th birthday since then got her a conn alto and a wood clarinet incass she wants to go back .i still have them she only gets one at a time

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        4. by EAGLE_WISARD
          (8 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Repair Career

          thanks tbone i did pass on the c mel...now if i what to buy a basket cass and rebuild forher myself where would i find info on how to do that

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        5. by EAGLE_WISARD
          (8 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Repair Career

          so did i rearly screw upbuy not buying cleavland king with most of pads laying in the cass for $340

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        6. by Sax Mom
          (964 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Repair Career

          Rebuilds take considerable skill that is best learned by experience. I don't belive you'd be happy with the results of trying to buy a "saxophone kit"...

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