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During the Covid-19 outbreak I will not be taking appointments.
My apologies.

My experience as a woodwind repair technician
serving area music stores in the Cleveland area, since the late 70s,
has given me insight into what it takes to get an instrument to perform
Experienced in all band instruments, but specializing in woodwinds,
I have worked as a quality control technician servicing instruments
that are fresh from the factory, among others.
I have found that issues affecting playability can exist from day
one and it is my goal to track down these problems,
and more recent issues, to make the instrument play as it should.

Presently I have set up shop in my home, and am semi-retired.
I still enjoy repairing, and welcome inquiries from those
who would like an opinion on their flute, clarinet, sax,
or other woodwind instrument.

Dave Henry

Call or Text 216 571 0072


Please make an appointment for a consulation at my Cleveland Hts. home shop.



Repads, Repair and Overhauls for

Flute Clarinet Saxophone

Woodwind Tech provides professional care to your woodwind musical instrument.  Whether a repad, overhaul, or regular maintenance, Dave Henry of Woodwind Tech gives each instrument personal attention. A quality repad or COA (Clean, Oil, Adjust) will restore your instrument to a playing condition, possibly even better than when it was purchased new.  I have been repairing and learning new techniques on musical instruments for 40 years.
Since I play flute and other woodwinds, I can tell if an instrument is not playing to its full potential.  And I also know what to do to get it right.
If you are not in need of a repad, I will also effect necessary repairs only.  Or, if you just have a question,  davehenry777@yahoo.com   Or call / Text 216 571 0072

Make an appointment for estimate or service. Serving the Cleveland, Ohio area.
No charge for consultation or estimate.
Using air pressure testing equipment, I find the leaks in the pads and other areas of the instrument. Then I seal the leaks to restore the reponsiveness and ease of playing of the instrument.

Here are descriptions of the flute and clarinet repad / overhaul
Click below for saxophone repair information.

Flute (and piccolo) repad/overhaul

  • Disassembly, including pinned key sections
  • Chemical cleaning and hand polish
  • Most dents removed (metal body)
  • New corks and pads, including waxed head joint cork
  • Pads checked for pneumatic seal
  • Reassembly, repairing wobbly keys, leveling each pad using shimming techniques
  • Regulation and testing

       Partial shimming on a flute
Partial shimming on a flute
Gemeinhardt Armstrong Yamaha Emerson Artley Bundy Selmer Powell Tom Green

Student Flute Repad/Overhaul:    $300
Open hole Flute (Intermediate):   $450
Piccolo Repad: $300 - $550

Professional flute overhaul:  $800

If overhaul is not needed --

Clean, Oil and Adjust (COA)
Student Flute: $110
Pro flute:  $200
8% sales tax added

Clean, Oil, Adjust (COA) consists of:
Remove keys, clean, reassemble,
replacing loose corks and leveling pads.
Only done if most of the pads are still good.

Straubinger certified  Straubinger trained

Please email for appointment 
or Call/Text 216 571 0072

Bb Clarinet Overhaul:

  • Examined for cracks
  • Disassembly of clarinet
  • Springs cleaned and oiled
  • Clarinet bodies cleaned and oiled
  • Polish keys and metal parts
  • Keys tightened between posts and on rods 
  • Uneven tone holes refaced
  • Reassembly of clarinet with new pads, leveling each pad
  • Masters or cork pad on register key
  • New corks, including new tenon corks
  • Regulation and testing

 Overhaul pricing examples 
(Bb) Clarinet overhaul (plastic)       $300
Clarinet repad (pro)                        $450 
Bass Clarinet repad (plastic)            $525
Bass Clarinet repad (wooden)          $625

If overhaul is not needed (pads are mostly good):

Clean, Oil, Adjust (COA)
Remove keys, clean, reassemble,
replacing loose corks and leveling pads.

Student soprano clarinet COA:  $100-$125    Pro level COA:  $175-$200

8% sales tax added

Please email for an appointment  davehenry777@yahoo.com
                                                          or  Call/Text 216 571 0072

Click here for information on the Saxophone Repad and Repair

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dave examines flute

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