Case for the Yearly Woodwind Tune Up

The second part of this series we will look at woodwind instruments and why they need a yearly tune-up. Many woodwind players say their instrument plays smoothly, but they don’t realize what may be lurking. Jared LaMendola, Repair Manager, joins us again to give you a few reasons and comparisons.girl playing saxophone

Moving parts, you say? Yes, the woodwind family have many moving parts in order to produce that beautiful sound. It is very easy for something small to happen that will affect the woodwind instrument. When talking with Jared about woodwinds, he made the following comparison, “It is very similar to your car. You may sense something is a little off but leave it alone. Over time that smaller repair becomes a major repair where you may end up without your car. The same goes for your woodwind instrument.”

Minor adjustments happen often because there are so many moving parts. This could be replacing a pad or straightening the keys. By bringing it in every year of a yearly tune-up you will avoid major repair costs. It’s better to perform preventive maintenance so you don’t end up without your instrument for a performance.

You will notice a difference when you play the instrument after repair. The straightened keys would mean a smoother transition between notes. Pads will be sealing properly, and no keys will be sticking. Schedule your check up for around the same time each year. Make sure that it is not close to any competitions or performances. This way you are not stressed about getting your instrument back. Think of it as a yearly physical for your woodwind!