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Band and Orchestra Repair

“Bill Smith has a Bachelor’s degree in woodwind studies from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and an Associates degree from Western Iowa Technology in band instrument repair. He has been repairing musical instruments in Atlanta since 2009 and is widely known among professionals and educators. Give him a call and let a certified N.A.P.B.I.R.T. technician with experience service your instruments today.”

Booking Appointments 24/7

“Onsite repair services are available for universities, public/private schools and drum corps!”


Keep your instrument in good playing condition by having it checked over once or twice a year or at the first sign of trouble. Simple, inexpensive, and regular maintenance will prevent costly repairs later on.

Band Repair “GPC”

Flute $65.00
Clarinet $65.00
Trumpet/Cornet $65.00
Trombone $65.00
Piccolo $80.00
Alto Sax $80.00
Baritone/Euphonium $80.00
Oboe $80.00
Tenor Sax $100.00
Bass Clarinet $100.00
Bari Sax $110.00
Bassoon $110.00
Tuba $110.00

** Approximate prices


Service Violin/Viola Cello/Bass
Full restring & Maintenance $50 + parts $65 + parts
Single restring $5.00 $10.00
Shape & fit new bridge $40.00 $60.00
Reset sound post $30.00 $30.00
Reglue fingerboard $30.00 $40.00
Replace fine tuners $20 + parts $20 + parts
Replace chin rest $20 + parts N/A
Replace tailpiece $30 + parts $40 + parts

Woodwind Good Play Condition

Keys and other removable parts necessary for the repair are removed. All necessary pads, felts and corks (up to 4 total) are removed from keys and body. Felts, corks, and pads are replaced as necessary (up to 4 pads total & each additional pad is $8). Instrument is reassembled, if necessary. New & old pads are leveled properly to corresponding tone-holes. Keys are properly adjusted and regulated, as necessary for the repair. Keys are properly lubricated. The instrument is play-tested. The surface of the instrument is wiped down and case cleaned. Clean and disinfect mouthpiece.

Brass Good Play Condition

The instrument is disassembled and basic cleaned using a non-harmful but effective solution. All waterkey corks and valve felts are replaced as necessary. The instrument is lubricated and reassembled – tuning and hand slides fit/aligned as necessary. Mouthpiece is cleaned, disinfected and polished. Instrument is play tested and wiped off. Parts are additional. Excessive dents or stuck slides are additional. Internal cleans do not include polishing of silver plating or raw brass. Clean case.


Other Repair Services

  • Bell dent removal by estimate (typically $50 small instrument – $100 large instrument)
  • Solder is $25 per joint – bulk discount on major rebuild
  • Brass valve jobs are $30 each
  • Our minimal charge is $25 for minor adjustments.
  • Pro set ups and complete overhauls are welcome and by estimate only.
  • Chem clean and detail service available by estimate.

String crack repair

  •  $5 per inch on seam separations
  •  $15 per inch on face/back cracks

** Most accessories and supplies are in stock but anything can be ordered by request with 2-4 days shipping – GREAT PRICES!

Ultrasonic Chemical Cleaner

Bill Smith Music is now offering Ultrasonic Chemical Cleans!! This is a large state of the art machine that cleans musical instruments by submerging them in a non toxic solution and then blasts ultrasonic sound waves through the liquid and instrument to vibrate off the dirt. NOTHING can compare to what this machine can do!!

Posted by Bill Smith Music on Friday, June 2, 2017

Instrument Maintenance Program

Save time and money with my annual instrument maintenance plan. For just a flat fee per year, you can have unlimited repairs and adjustments on your instrument with guaranteed priority service and very fast turnaround. Inspection and repairs (if needed) are required prior to enrolling in the maintenance plan. Once repaired and approved, pay the Maintenance Plan fee and you’re set for the year!

  • Student Plan year fee: $150
  • Professional Plan year fee: $200

Brass Instruments • Annual chem clean • Valve adjustments • Slide adjustments and lubrication • Solder Braces

Woodwind Instruments • Basic cleaning • Full Regulation & oil • Replacement pads (5 pads max per yr) • Key corks, neck and tenon corks

**Parts and cosmetic repairs extra. **Normal ”wear & tear” only **This program is included with full repads and mechanical overhaul service

Magnetic Dent Removal

“Bill Smith Music is now offering extreme dent repair on all brass instruments. Using modern techniques with magnetic dent removal the cost & repair time is kept low while achieving amazing results.”

When brass is manipulated, it becomes more brittle and susceptible to
cracking and further injury. This is due to the stretching of the materials during the repair. Magnetic dent removal is a safer alternative that alleviates much of this distress. This process involves a steel ball being rolled inside the dented area of the instrument. The Rare Earth magnets are encased in a patented handle assembly that is used on the outside of the instrument. The magnetic end of the handle assembly is placed on
the outside of the dented area to grab the steel ball inside. The dented brass is now sandwiched between the steel ball and the magnet. Using a back and forth motion, the magnet will pull the steel ball through the body of the instrument, thus removing the dent safely and quickly. A Mylar disc and spray wax are the only substances you need to have between the MDRS disc and the surface of the instrument to prevent scratching. The MDRS is especially helpful when repairing hard to reach dents that normally would require extensive time disassembling and reassembling the instrument.
  These dents are inaccessible with conventional dent repair tooling. With the MDRS kit, these dents are more easily and less abrasively removed allowing for a much nicer finished look!