Band and Orchestra Instrument Repairs

With over twenty years of experience in the field, Johnstonbaugh’s in-house repair shop offers instrument repair and maintenance for brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings and percussion for individuals and schools in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

As an organization managed and staffed by musicians, we’re acutely aware of the difference that a well-set up and maintained instrument can make – especially to a beginner!

Our shop is staffed by fully-trained repair technicians who not only repair instruments but play them as well, so you can be certain that each and every instrument is play-tested upon completion.

Whether your instrument needs a basic cleaning or a complete overhaul, Johnstonbaugh’s repair shop can meet your needs. Visit us and see just how good your instrument can be!

The Future for School Music Repair is Here

Recently, Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers North relocated to larger space with a goal of providing enhanced customer service for more customers. Among the improvements is a brand new repair facility, now home to an expanded staff which includes a blend of experienced and apprentice technicians.

Gerry Branca:

Since purchasing Frank Mazotta’s string business in 1998, from whom he learned bow rehairing, Gerry has successfully grown his own string business for over twenty years. His expertise in Orchestra instruments include set-up, repair, restoration-major and minor, bow re-hairing. Gerry joined JMC in 2010.

Scott Ellis:

Scott has joined the Johnstonbaugh's repair staff as of March 2019 to focus on orchestral strings and woodwind repair. Scott has played in various ensembles on his main instrument, cello, and three years of drum corps on euphonium. His previous repair experience was in Utah where Scott performed repairs on brass, woodwind, orchestral, and combo instruments, and is a graduate from Western Iowa Tech for Band Instrument Repair.

Allison Fong - Repair Shop Coordinator, Pro Woodwinds:

From California, Allison has played and taught oboe throughout Sacramento. She received her double Bachelor's in Oboe Performance and Music Education from California State University Sacramento. She was first introduced to band instrument repair while working at her local music store. Allison spent four years under the mentor-ship of leading names in the band instrument repair industry, before relocating to Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers in 2018. She has been a NAPBIRT member since 2015 and has attended national conferences and clinics.

Jacob Ishman - Pro Brass:

After graduating from Western Iowa Tech with an associate’s degree in band instrument repair, he worked for Swicegood Music of Lake Charles LA until 2011 when he moved back to Pennsylvania to work for Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers. Jacob has been active in the National Association of Band Instrument Repair since 2012 and has presented clinics on Repair at regional conferences. Jacob is Western Pennsylvania’s only factory trained S.E. Shires and Edwards technician.

Mike Visnick:
Mike started in 1995 as an apprentice for Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers. In 1972 he studied classical percussion at CMU and Jazz studies at University of Pittsburgh in 1976. As a percussionist he has over 20 years of experience playing in clubs and touring the country.


Woodwinds and Brass Repair Price List

Prices effective October 2018 - Subject to change without notice.

Woodwind Reconditioning

Job No. 1 - Complete Cleaning, Recorking, and Pad Replacement. Parts are additional.
Job No. 2 - Adds Machine and Hand Polishing of body and keys. Parts are additional.

Instrument Job No. 1 Job No. 2
Soprano Clarinet - Composite N/A $235.00
Soprano Clarinet - Wood N/A $305.00
Bass Clarinet - Composite N/A $520.00
Flute - Closed Hole N/A $235.00
Flute - Open Hole N/A $305.00
Piccolo N/A $230.00
Soprano, Alto, or Tenor Saxophone 450.00 $505.00 (Satin Silver)
Baritone Saxophone 550.00 $505.00 (Satin Silver)

All prices are for labor only, and price may vary depending on actual condition. Prices for professional woodwind instruments are available by estimate.

Brass Reconditioning

Instrument Clean and Service Silver Polish
Trumpet $90.00 $30.00
Trombone $90.00 $30.00
Trombone with F Attachment $110.00 $45.00
Baritone Horn $140.00 Est. Only
Single Horn $110.00 Est. Only
Double Horn $165.00 Est. Only
Tuba $195.00 Est. Only
Fiberglass Sousaphone $210.00 N/A

Instruments are disassembled (frozen slides pulled), sanitized, and cleaned both internally and externally of dirt, grease, lime, and corrosion. All tuning slides are cleaned and lubricated, valves are adjusted. New water key corks are installed. Springs will be replaced as needed. There will be an additional charge for badly stuck slides.

String Instrument Repair Price List

Prices effective October 2018 - Subject to change without notice.

Description of Repair Violin Viola Cello Bass
Bow Rehair (White Horse Hair) $50.00 $55.00 $60.00 $65.00
Bow Rehair (Black Horse Hair) N/A N/A N/A $60.00
Deluxe Bow Rehair (Select White Horse Hair) $65.00 $70.00 $75.00 $80.00
Fit New Bridge $50.00 $55.00 $60.00 $75.00
Install New Chinrest $10.00 $10.00 N/A N/A
Install New Tailpiece $15.00 $15.00 $20.00 $35.00
Install New Tailpiece Hanger $15.00 $15.00 $20.00 $30.00
Install New String Adjusters (Set) $20.00 $20.00 $30.00 N/A
Refit Pegs (Each) $12.00 $12.00 $15.00 N/A
Fit New Pegs (Each) $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 N/A
Reset Soundpost $20.00 $20.00 $25.00 $30.00
Fit New Soundpost $35.00 $35.00 $45.00 $55.00
Install New End Button $20.00 $20.00 N/A N/A
Install New End Pin N/A N/A $45.00 $50.00
Fit New Saddle or Nut $35.00 $35.00 $45.00 $50.00
Reset and Glue Seams $70.00 $70.00 $90.00 $145.00
Reglue Fingerboard $35.00 $35.00 $45.00 $75.00
Install Strings (not including price of strings) $10.00 $10.00 $15.00 $20.00
Reset Neck $50.00 $50.00 $75.00 $95.00

All prices above are for labor only, and may vary depending on actual condition.
Strings and Parts are additional
Other services available by estimate

School Bow Rehair Program

Prices effective October 2018 - Subject to change without notice.

All rehairs done in-house with the finest quality unbleached Mongolian Stallion horsehair
One Week Turnaround ◦ Free Pickup and Delivery ◦ All work is guaranteed

Instrument Brand Price
Violin Glasser $25.00
  Other $27.00
Viola Glasser $27.00
  Other $30.00
Cello Glasser $30.00
  Other $33.00
Bass Glasser $35.00
  Other $38.00

Prices apply to three or more bows

Price includes rehair only. Other bow parts and services are available at an additional cost. You will be contacted with a free estimate if bow requires additional parts or service.

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