A COA (Clean, Oil, Adjust) is considered yearly maintenance that should be done on every piccolo.
Every repair begins with a free inspection to determine the best course of action. While we can do our best to discuss the necessary work over the phone with you, we won’t be able to make an exact estimate until we inspect your instrument.
What We Do
- Disassemble the keys and clean off the old oil
- Hand polish all the mechanism, body, and headjoint, removing as much of the tarnish as possible
- Wooden professional piccolos will be soaked in silicone bore oil returning the surface to a younger appearing luster. Drying time adds 2 days to the process. Silicone bore oil is chosen for it’s hypoalergenic properties, just like silicone is used in medical supplies for the same reason.
- Inspect the pads for tears and clean them
- Any torn pads are replaced.
- Reassemble the mechanism with fresh oil
- Check the instrument for pad or adjustment leaks
- The key height is then adjusted to get rid of any lost motion
- The headjoint cork is inspected for a tight seal and replaced if necessary
- Finally, we check the case for wear to insure a proper fit for the safety of the piccolo
|Pro Piccolo COA||$375|
|Pro Pad Replacement||$45/pad|
|Intermediate Piccolo COA||$275|
|Intermediate Pad Replacement||$45/pad|
An overhaul is required if your piccolo has been played for 3-10 years, depending on the amount of time played and the frequency of COAs. A professional who plays and teaches 8 hours a day would require an overhaul much more frequently than a hobbyist who plays 30 minutes a week. Past 10 years the pad skins become brittle and tear easily, making repair impossible.
An overhaul includes a COA and a repad, plus the following.
What We Do
- All felts and corks are removed
- Mechanism tubing is sweged to remove gaps in the mechanism.
- Silver plated Keys are hand polished to return them to a fine luster, silverplated keys can not be machine polished.
- Solid Silver keys are machine polished.
- Springs are inspected
- Steels are fit and posts aligned.
- New felts and corks are glued in place
- New pads and adjustments are installed. Cork pads are put on the back line because of their resistance to moisture.
- Headjoint tennon cork is replaced.
- Headjoint cork is replaced
- Wooden piccolos will be soaked in synthetic bore oil returning the surface to a younger appearing luster. Drying time adds 2 days to the process.
|Handmade Piccolo Overhaul||$1275|
|Intermediate Piccolo Overhaul||$550|
|Additional body work||$100/hour|