Frequently asked questions
How do I ship my oboe/english horn?
I recommend either Fedex or UPS for shipping instruments. You can either take your instrument to them directly to pack, or you can purchase the packing materials and pack the instrument yourself. It comes out to roughly the same cost to pack the instrument either way you choose.
Use a box that is large enough to fit packing material around ALL sides of the instrument. Packing material can be packing peanuts, bubble wrap and even crumpled paper (as long as there is a lot of it). You want the instrument to sit firmly in place within the packing and not flop around in the box. You want enough packing material so if the package takes a hit in shipping, the box and the packing material absorb the blow and not the instrument itself. Use plenty of tape to close up the box.
Please include any notes with not only your personal information but anything you feel I should know about the instrument and the problems it having. Message me, Kelly, the tracking number once you ship.
If you send an English horn or D'amore please send along a bocal as well. Preferably the one you use regularly.
PLEASE HAVE CONFIRMED AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME BEFORE SHIPPING :)
How much will it cost to fix my oboe/english horn and how long will it take?
I get this question a lot. It really depends on what is needed on the instrument. Until I see it and evaluate what is going on with it, it is difficult for me to give an accurate estimate.
Do you sell reeds/instruments or give lessons?
No, I do not. All of my time is usually consumed by repairing oboes :) However, you can contact me for a list of teachers in the Atlanta area and reed makers as well.
How often should I have my oboe maintained?
To keep an oboe playing at 100% the oboe needs to be looked at by a technician at least once a year for anyone of any age that plays their oboe regularly.