Repairs

 

Services

We can perform all types of repair jobs for your oboe, clarinet, or bassoon, including basic adjustments, crack repair, tuning, mechanism repair and improvement, custom keywork, and more. We occasionally work on non-orchestral wind instruments (recorders, etc.).  

Contact

Each repair person books his or her own schedule and works by appointment only, so please contact the technician directly with whomever you would like to handle your repairs: 

- John Peterson    john@rdgwoodwinds.com | (888) 734-7333 ext. 4 | Online Appointment Scheduling

- Jennifer Spier     jennifer@rdgwoodwinds.com  | (888) 734-7333 ext. 5

Logan Lambert  logan@rdgwoodwinds.com | (888) 734-7333 ext. 7 | Online Appointment Scheduling

- Tom Yaeh            tom@rdgwoodwinds.com | (323) 420-6092 (Direct Line)

For emergency situations involving cracked instruments, tenon corks, and broken case latches, or when you feel that your oboe needs a bit of immediate minor adjustment, you can find some helpful information on John Peterson's web page: www.oboedr.com.  We will still be happy to schedule an appointment for you at the shop, but the information on John's site may make a desperate situation feel less desperate in the meantime, and may even solve the problem altogether!

A note regarding health safety and instrument repairs

Following the state guidelines, we are being vigilant and keeping things cleaned and disinfected each day. We are practicing social distancing at our store, and especially in the repair shop.  

Our temporary business hours are Monday-Friday 12pm-6pm. Upon arrival, your shipped instruments will sit for a minimum of 3 days and will also be disinfected before they are worked on. Instruments will also be thoroughly and wiped down after they are worked on. Please expect to be without your instruments longer than you may have waited in the past. We thank you for your understanding as we have yours and our safety as our top priority.

Staff

We have five repair staff members who have a combined total of about a hundred years of experience doing woodwind repair:

John Peterson - Oboes

Tom Yaeh - Clarinets and Bassoons

Jennifer Spier - Oboes

Logan Lambert - Clarinet

We regularly service the instruments of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Opera, as well as those of Hollywood studio musicians and performers across the country and around the world.

Scheduling

The repair staff gets very busy and works by appointment only.  You may schedule an appointment by booking your repair online or by calling the technician with whom you would like to work. 

Typically, your appointment will be scheduled for two to eight weeks from the day you book it.  We can often accommodate true emergencies on shorter notice (i.e. your instrument has been serviced regularly and is in good playing condition, but it has cracked or something has happened which is now preventing it from playing).  Please note that instruments that have not been serviced regularly can never be accommodated on an emergency basis.  If you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your situation with us.

Pricing

Some types of repair jobs are priced per job, and others are priced per hour. Hourly rates are approximately $95 and vary by repair person.  The repair staff is happy to discuss the condition of your instrument with you, and can give you more specific recommendations and prices for needed repairs.

Warranty Repairs

If you have purchased a new oboe or clarinet from RDG Woodwinds, your warranty repairs can be handled by John or Jennifer. Please refer to the warranty paperwork you received with your instrument for further information, and contact them individually to schedule an appointment.  Existing customers of Tom may have them perform warranty work.