Repairs

Repair Services

Alcides Rodriguez does all repairs and overhauls in our RMS shop in Atlanta.  Please contact us for scheduling.

Clarinet Set-Up

Even when a clarinet is brand new from the factory, it is necessary to make some adjustments so it can play its absolute best. These adjustments include but are not limited to: pad replacement, spring tension regulation, keywork adjustment, bumper adjustment/replacement, tone hole resurfacing, etc.

At RMS, we spend a lot of time making sure that that every single clarinet is setup correctly, and making sure that we address any issues that could keep you from testing a clarinet that performs at its best.

Every clarinet that leaves our shop has been setup and tested to ensure that:

  • There are no leaking pads: factory pads are replaced as needed until a good seal is achieved. In some cases a full pad replacement is done.
  • The key action is optimal: crisp and even key action.
  • The spring tension is balanced: even tension on all the keys.
  • Keys and Rings are checked for proper evenness and height.
  • Pad opening is checked for proper venting: to eliminate stuffiness.
  • All RMS R13 clarinets are also upgraded with premium pads.

R13 Upgrade:

We upgrade all of our R13 clarinets with detailed keywork and a combination of premium Valentino pads and white leather pads.  We find that this combination maximizes overall resonance, evenness and achieves a more vocal quality in the connection between certain notes.  The RMS R13 upgrade is a $450 value for $300 when the clarinet is purchased from RMS.

General Repairs:

  • Pad replacement
  • Bumper replacement
  • Tenon cork replacement
  • Spring replacement
  • Key height adjustment
  • Spring tension adjustment
  • Crack repairs

New clarinet upgrade/setup (Bb, A and Eb) $450

(for instruments purchased from another dealer)

  • Upgrade all pads
  • Upgrade all bumpers
  • Adjust mechanism

RMS Overhaul (Bb or A $650, Eb clarinet $750) 

  • Wood is fully cleaned and oiled.
  • Keys and posts are cleaned and polished.
  • Tenon corks are replaced (as needed).
  • Pads are replaced with premium pads.
  • Tone holes are resurfaced (as needed) to guarantee an optimal seal.
  • Key play is eliminated to achieve optimal mechanism efficiency.
  • Key height and spring tension are balanced.
  • Spring replacement (as needed)
  • The clarinet is finally play tested and adjusted for ideal response and evenness.

Bass clarinet overhauls $1450

One-year warranty on craftsmanship and materials (not including general wear and tear from use.)

Please call us to discuss any personal preferences.

What kind of pads are used for the overhauls?

I use a combination of cork, synthetic, and leather pads. This combination is the result of various experiments; I use it on my own clarinets and am very happy with it.

The upper joint is fitted with Valentino Masters Series pads (tan color). These simulate the feel and response of traditional cork pads but are quieter and don’t harden as they age. The register key is fitted with a cork pad.

The lower joint is fitted with a combination of Valentino Master Series white pads and white leather pads.

The bridge keys on the upper and lower joints are fitted with white leather pads to achieve a smoother connection.

Testimonials:

“I got my clarinet today and I must say, as soon as I opened the case I was amazed at how beautiful it looked. The only thing more beautiful was the quality of the work. The response of the instrument is flawless as well as the ease in which it now plays. I could not ask for the instrument to feel any better under my fingers. I can’t wait to unleash it at rehearsal tomorrow evening! Thank you for your kindness, professionalism and extraordinary work. You now have a customer for life.”

Bill Crabtree, Phoenix, AZ

“I received my clarinets!  First, I have to say that they look and feel like a dream!  I can’t tell how happy I am.  You now have a customer for life and without a doubt I will spread the word to every clarinet player I know.  Thanks Heather and Alcides!”

Victor Carrion, University of Texas, Austin

“I just want to let you know that the clarinet is wonderful and feels (and looks) like a brand new instrument! You and Alcides have been very kind, professional, and your work is terrific. Thank you again for doing this for me!”

Patrick Prentice, University of Miami

“Just want to publicly thank you for the rebuild on my 20 year old Buffet R13. I just spent 45 minutes practicing and was blown away (a term I don’t use very often) with the play-ability as compared to when I brought it to you. I am convinced that it plays better than when I got it new. Thanks Alcides and Heather for everything. I would supply more superlatives but people might think you were paying me!”

Jay Webler, Atlanta, GA

“My clarinet looks and plays like new!  It’s like the first day I got it (back in 1999!)  Alcides did an amazing job.  This is as good as any overhaul I’ve ever had, and I can’t express in words how thankful I am. Seriously, Alcides: you upgraded EVERYTHING. The mechanism is SILENT. There’s no excess key play AT ALL. The seal is air tight- but somehow it still feels like my old clarinet.
Expect more business from me in the future.  I love being able to have such professional work done at a reasonable price and in a timely manner. You have a client for life!”
Joel Wallgren, Poulsbo, WA