Get Your English Horn Repaired Today

Need an adjustment or repair? Consider our English horn and oboe d’amore repair services. At MMI, we know how important it is to quickly complete an English horn repair. Our expert technicians will ensure that your instrument is in perfect working condition, so you can get back to the practice room as soon as possible.

We’re also happy to help with general maintenance and provide a recommendation on what’s best for your instrument. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us below!

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Address
1621 E. Hennepin Ave. Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Hours
9am-5pm Monday – Friday
9am-3pm Saturday

Call Us

Local: (612) 331-4717
Toll Free: (800) 926-5587
Fax: (612) 331-4718

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REPAIRS WE COVER

Adjustments
English horns have a lengthy regulation sequence to ensure that each pad seals fully and when it is supposed to.  It can be daunting to consider adjusting your oboe and English horn at home.  That’s why we’re here for you.  No question is too small or insignificant.  Feel free to call when something doesn’t seem right, and we will work together to find a way to best support your needs.

General Maintenance
This option allows our technicians to complete a solid servicing of your oboe.  We disassemble the instrument fully, clean hinge rods and tubes, clean and replace necessary tenon corks, remove and treat octave vents, oil the bore, replace necessary key silencers and up to 4 pads, reseat pads as needed, regulate, and play test the instrument.  Expect this process to take 2-4 days once repairs begin.  Key polishing is an additional labor cost.

Crack Repair
As an English horn player, you may find that your instrument has cracked.  You certainly are not alone! This has happened to many players, professional and amateur alike.  Do note that proper break-in of a new instrument can greatly lower your chances of cracking your instrument.  When a crack does occur, your English horn must be seen in the shop.  We will assess the length and severity of the crack, noting if it passes through any tone holes, tenons, or post holes.  Proper stabilization should be undertaken.  While crack pinning can be an investment, it certainly is a necessary procedure to bring your oboe back into playing condition.  Crack repairs often take 3-6 days to repair, as we must humidify and ensure stability of the crack area over a period of time.  Please do not modify a crack before sending it to us.  It will void any warranty we can offer on our crack repairs.

Additional services  
We are happy to take on overhauls, tenon replacements and key fabrication on a case-by-case basis.  We will advise you on whether or not we believe the investment is a sound idea, giving you ample information to help the decision making process.  While some older instruments can maintain a beautiful playing quality, there are times when an instrument will not hold its value even after investing thousands of dollars in repair costs.  Please call us with any questions concerning repairs not listed above.

SERVICE OPTIONS

Daily Walk-in Repairs
Thanks to our larger repair staff, we are more readily available to service the day of.  We recognize that convenient access to a knowledgeable woodwind repair staff is important to you, and we look forward to seeing our local customer base and visitors as you need our expertise.  These convenient Walk-In Repairs will be limited to one hour maximum bench time.  We’re confident that when you do need more work done to your instrument than a ‘quick fix’, there are ample options to help get you back into practice, rehearsals and performances with ease!

By Appointment
Our Appointment System has proven to be a great way for busy players to plan repairs in advance.  Tori, our Clarinet Specialist and Repair Scheduling Coordinator, would be happy to find an appointment availability that works for you!  Do note that as busier seasons near, we may not have as many appointment slots available.  It’s always good to call in advance and see what repair option fits your needs best.

Regular Repair Queue
The Regular Repair Queue is still up and running!  For schools and overhaul needs, our rolling repair wait time is another suitable option when getting your instrument serviced.  Our appointment system and regular repair queue are the most cost effective way to have your instrument repaired at MMI.  Call for details about our current wait time.

Rush Repairs
Should the unforeseen happen, we may be able to take on Rush Repairs at an emergency rate.  We care about your education, careers, performance schedules and passion for the arts.  When you need immediate service, don’t hesitate to call and see what options we can provide!  Please note that emergency work including body restoration, crack pinning and key maintenance may be a multiple day process.

Shipping Options
Do you need to ship your instrument to us for repair? Never fear, we ship instruments every day safely and can help you make sure your instrument arrives to us safely. Here are our pointers for safely packing your instrument for shipping.

Looking for More English Horn Services?

MMI provides an array of services for all kinds of musicians — whether you’re just beginning to spend time in the practice room or performing on stage. Looking for new or used English horns? Or maybe you’re interested in English horn repair services or consigning? No matter your needs, our team can find the right solution for you.

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