Reasonable price for my repair

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Starkly, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. Starkly

    Starkly New Friend

    May 26, 2014
  2. musicalmason

    musicalmason Forte User

    Dec 14, 2003
    somewhere between $25-$1200....nobody can give you an accurate estimate without seeing the horn in person or seeing very detailed and complete pictures. Even if you were to provide excellent pictures, I could only quote what I would charge, I could not quote what any other shop would charge. Your best bet is taking it to the shop and getting an answer from the horses mouth.
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  3. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

    Aug 15, 2009
    Sounds very basic. Assume you mean the spit valve cork needs replacing. Provided the dents are easy to reach (a mandril can be slid in the bell and the dents quickly rubbed out) you are probably talking $35 to $60. Not sure about the scratches- what so you want them to do with them? Maybe can rub them down where not as visible.
  4. Starkly

    Starkly New Friend

    May 26, 2014
    Thank you. The reason I ask is because the shop is about an hour drive and I'm very busy...going up there for nothing would be very disappointing
  5. akinsgre

    akinsgre Pianissimo User

    Nov 16, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Out of curiosity, do any shops do evaluations via Skype? Seems like a fair amount of detail regarding repairs could be gotten through video.
  6. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Scratches are "battle scars" that won't affect the sound of the horn. Even dents and dings THAT AREN'T HUGE won't affect the sound. Spit valve cork will screw up the sound more than dents (nice airy, jazzy sound). If it's an hour drive, I would definitely call ahead to make sure they have parts and if you can wait for it. Ask them what a "tune - up" costs. Thats what it sounds like you need.
  7. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

    Jun 11, 2006
    South Salem, NY
    I would be very hesitant to estimate a job via Skype. Yes, it is possible to show the small stuff, but how, for example are you going to show whether or not the whole chassis is twisted. And how is one to get a feel for what condition the solder joints are in.

    Yes, I may be old-fashioned, but I like to have the horn in my hands and get the "story" it wants to tell me.

    Further to this, the worst disservice you can do to yourself or your horn is to instruct your repairer on what action to take. He or she is then focussed on that procedure, rather than looking more holistically and seeing what things need to be addressed to put the horn back into decent shape. An extreme example of this would be to instruct him to open up the lead pipe venturi because the horn feels stuffy, only to find that the issue is just that the main slide water key cork is leaking.

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