Musical instrument maker

 16 February 2011

Musical instrument makers produce and maintain instruments. For many instrument makers carrying out repairs is part of their job. They may work on a range of instruments, however most will specialise in a particular one. Makers may occasionally specialise in a group of instruments such as wooding (clarinet, flute etc).

Stephen Thomson, bow maker
Stephen Thomson, bow maker

Musical instrument makers need a high level of accuracy and attention to detain. In their work they may:

  • Use different materials and techniques for their work
  • Use a variety of specialist tools and equipment to cut, bend, shape, joint and polish wood or metal
  • Use traditional craft tools such as saws, planes and lathes for instrument making processes.

Instruments are sometimes damaged due to age, wear and tear, or accidents. Repairs vary according to the type of instrument, but could range from repairing cracks in the front or back of a violin to removing dents from a French horn.

Most musical instrument makers also carry out regular maintenance of instruments. This ensures the sound quality of an instrument.

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