Proper cleaning of instruments has always been a high priority at Johnstonbaugh’s, but with Covid-19 concerns, JMC has implemented additional measures to assure the safety of our customers and employees. Johnstonbaugh’s considers this matter the highest priority.

The sources for recommended handling and added cleaning and disinfecting guidelines include:
  • The National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Future for School Music Repair is Here

Building on 38 years of experience in the field, Johnstonbaugh’s in-house repair shop facility is home to a staff of experienced technicians offering instrument repair and maintenance for brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings and percussion instruments for individuals and schools in the Western 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 simple repair, professional cleaning or a complete overhaul, Johnstonbaugh’s repair shop can meet your needs. Visit us and see just how good your instrument can be!


Why trust Johnstonbaugh's Repair Shop with your instrument? Check out the video below:

Our Repair Shop Staff:

Kevin Clark - Woodwinds Repair:

Kevin is originally from Kentucky and graduated from Morehead State University where he completed a B.M. with saxophone emphasis in 2016. Kevin went on to complete a diploma in band instrument repair at Minnesota State College, Red Wing in 2017. That same year, he began his first repair position for a B &O store in Texas, and followed that by moving to Music & Arts in Frederick Maryland where he now joins us from.

Scott Ellis:

Scott, originally from New Jersey, is Johnstonbaugh's orchestral string luthier. Scott has played cello in various ensembles. He began his repair career in St. George Utah after graduating from the Western Iowa Tech repair program in 2015.

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.

Chris Putt - Repair Shop Coordinator:

Chris Putt has been an active employee with Johnstonbaugh's Music Centers since 2012. He plays and teaches multiple stringed instruments such as Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Lap Steel Guitar. Chris graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a degree specializing in Songwriting and Bass Performance. Chris remains active in the Pittsburgh music scene playing with multiple bands in many different genres.

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 $275.00
Soprano Clarinet - Wood N/A $375.00
Bass Clarinet - Composite N/A $595.00
Flute - Closed Hole N/A $275.00
Flute - Open Hole N/A $375.00
Piccolo N/A $275.00
Alto Saxophone $495.00  
Tenor Saxophone $525.00  
Baritone Saxophone $675.00  

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
Trumpet $115.00
Silver Trumpet $135.00
Trombone $115.00
Trombone with F Attachment $145.00
Baritone Horn $175.00
Single French Horn $125.00
Double French Horn $175.00
Tuba $225.00
Fiberglass Sousaphone $210.00

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.

All work performed by Scott Ellis - String Luthier

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.
Quantity of 3 or more Bows required to qualify for below pricing

All rehairs done in-house with the finest quality unbleached Mongolian Stallion horsehair
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.

Call today for a free pickup!


Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

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