7423 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
next to La Jolla Elementary
NEW Extended HOURS: Mon - Fri 10am to 7pm, Sat - Sun 9am to 4pm
Free mini Lessons
What is a "mini" Tune-up?
One of our instrument specialists will inspect, clean, and polish each instrument. We will lubricate valves and slides, clean mouthpieces, and check corks on brass and woodwind instruments. For stringed instruments, we will check bridges, pegs, and strings, and tune the instrument.
Make sure bow is loosened in case.
Pegs are not too loose or too tight. Apply lubrication or chalk if necessary.
Check strings, make sure they're not corroded. (Strings that need to be replaced will be charged. Labor NOT charged.)
Position bridge to the middle of f-hole and perpendicular to body.
Clean body of instrument and treat fingerboard if needed.
Make sure they have rosin, shoulder rest, and book.
Violins/Violas: Make sure chin rest is on securely.
TRUMPET/CORNET - Lubricate valves and slides. Clean mouthpiece. Check water key corks (2). Check 3rd slide stop is present. Clean exterior. Check for valve oil and tuning slide grease.
TROMBONE - Lubricate hand slide and tuning slide. Clean mouthpiece. Check water key cork. Check slide lock. Clean exterior. Check for slide cream/oil and tuning slide grease.
BARITONE - Lubricate valves and slides. Clean mouthpiece. Check water key corks. Clean exterior. Check for valve oil and tuning slide grease.
FLUTE - Check the head cork placement. Spray-clean headjoint. Use pad paper on sticky keys. Check for any loose screws. Check that cleaning rod and cloth are present.
CLARINET - Inspect tenon corks for condition. Clean mouthpiece. Use pad paper on sticky keys. Check for any loose screws. Check for proper alignment of bridge key. Check for bent keys. Check for cork grease, swab, and reeds.
SAXOPHONE - Inspect neck cork for condition. Clean mouthpiece. Use pad paper on sticky keys. Check for any loose screws. Check for proper alignment and function of octave mechanism. Check G# closure and Eb pad opening. Check for cork grease, neck strap, and reeds.