As a result of a PM from a member here I wrote the following blog:
Stuck Slides - an Holistic Approach
Or, in longhand:
A question frequently asked is:
How much will it cost to have 3 stuck slides pulled? Nothing else to be done.
As a rule of thumb, many repair shops in the US have a charge out rate per hour of roughly two thirds of what the local garage mechanic (not the higher priced dealership) charges. The actual dollar amount varies with location.
Some repair technicians are more efficient/productive than others. Also one tech may luck out just because of their preferred order of actions. What may take one tech 10 minutes may take another tech 30 minutes.
There are many methods of dealing with stuck slides. We use these in order of severity depending on how stuck the slide is. Sometimes there needs to be some unsoldering to move stuck slides, and sometimes solder joints break as a result of the removal process. Some instruments are more fragile than others and need to be treated more gently
Once the slide is pulled why should we not address the cause?
Like valve problems, the reason for stuck slides is either dirt, damage or distortion. If these issues are not addressed, then the slides go back in place only to get stuck once more!
A typical “service” would include minor dent remediation and easing of stuck slides, so if the slides were just “stubborn” the charge to free it would actually be zero. The rest of the service would automatically also address the cause.
So the role of the technician is not just to pull out the stuck slide. This is the role of a repair mechanic. The technician should look at the whole instrument, determine what caused the problem in the first place, and deal with that.
There exists a chronic problem; avoid limiting your action to remedying the acute symptoms.