Levels Of Service

The Vibes Service Plans

The workshop offers 4 main service options, The end of year check over, The restore to General Playing order, The Full service, The Overhaul.


If you purchased your instrument from us we offer a free check over at the end of the first year to ensure that your instrument is in good working order.

This includes a light clean, Oiling of the mechanism, Check of the pads seating & General adjustments throughout the instrument.

This can usually be completed within a day as long as it has been booked in advance.


When a full service is not required or affordable a GPO  will get your instrument into good working order… including:

  • Pad seating checked throughout
  • Adjustments & Regulation checked
  • Worn/Broken/Missing corks & Felts replaced
  • Mechanism oiled
  • A light clean

All GPO’s are individually assessed and quoted for on a time taken basis at a rate of £45 per hour.


This is your general MOT for your instrument. The level of use of your instrument will depend on how frequently you will need a general service. for a new instrument we recommend getting a general service around 18 months – 2 years. Generally after this you can expect to service your instrument every year – 18 months.

Regular services will keep your instrument in tip top condition and will help to avoid costly repair bills!

A General service includes:

  • Full strip down, clean & polish of the keywork & body
  • Clean Mechanism, Strip & Clean pinned mechanism
  • Straighten bent keywork
  • Replace worn pads & Re seat pads
  • Replace worn Corks & Felts
  • Re-felt Keywork
  • Oil Mechanism
  • Balance & Regulate instrument throughout

Service costs will vary depending on the make & model of your instrument plus how much work is required. An accurate quote can be given once we have seen & assessed the the instrument.

As a basic guide:

Flute servicing starts from £140

Clarinet servicing starts from

£90 (plastic)

£160 (wooden)

£300 (bass)


This is the highest level of service we offer. This puts your instrument in to ‘as new’ condition.

Work included is the same as a general service plus…

  • All pads replaced
  • All corks & felts replaced
  • Tone holes rebuilt as necessary
  • All tenon corks replaced (as necessary)

Different pad options are available, please call us to discuss your requirements.

We also offer Small Repairs Indivudally: 

Tenon Cork Replacement – £10 per cork

Mouthpiece Re cork – £8 per cork

Headjoint Cork –  £8

Tenon Refitting – from £10

Minimum Charge – £10