First, your instrument is tested, to identify any existing problems. It is then dismantled to inspect all the components for future problems. Everything is checked, pads, corks, felts, springs, screws & rods, posts, levers, other mechanisms, body. Notes are taken to ensure nothing is missed. This is a Malerne Paris ‘Artist’ A clarinet being serviced.
The body sections are then cleaned and dried. Any dust is brushed from the dismantled components, and they are then cleaned appropriately, depending on whether they are silver or nickel or gold plated. Pivot rods and screws and inside the hinge tubings are also cleaned. Note: if your instrument is excessively dirty, or has badly tarnished components, an extra cost will be applied. This is the dismantled instrument ready for cleaning.Next, the list is referred to and any replacements or repairs are done. Minor alignments, spring tension corrections and all adjustments are included in the cost of your service. If your instrument is wooden, the wood is treated with the appropriate bore oil. Then it is reassembled. Every single pivot rod or screw, and adjustments screw, is turned (to ensure it is not seized, or that it might seize in the future), and oiled, and retightened/adjusted. Note: repairs, parts, pads, springs, corks/felts attract an extra charge. Once assembled, pad seating is taken care of, and your instrument is regulated. Here is the same clarinet being regulated.This takes care of all adjustments to make your instrument play correctly, and to ensure that there is no free-play in any of the action. Then it is tested, your case is vacuumed, and your instrument is returned.Please note, the process for oboe is very similar to that of the clarinet, which has been used for this series of photos. also have some similarities.