TOM SPARKES INSTRUMENT REPAIRS
We are Australia’s finest woodwind, brass and guitar repairers. When it comes to servicing and repairing instruments, my team at Tom Sparkes Instrument Repairs truly set the industry standard. I genuinely believe we are the best. Here are a few of the reasons why
- A more thorough job with unmatched attention to detail.
- Use only the best materials like genuine double skin pads, natural cork and woven felt.
- Satisfaction Guarantee, so you have absolute peace of mind your instrument is in good hands.
Your Instrument Will Play Like a Dream
There’s nothing like holding a correctly tuned instrument to your lips and feeling the perfect pressure as you blow. Every ounce of your breath used by the instrument to create melody – nothing lost through leaks. Hearing the pure sound radiate like ‘magic from a wand’ – reflecting off surfaces in the room and filling the world with music.
That’s what motivates young musicians. That’s what wins band competitions. As young minds soak up your instruction and apply practice, they long for progress – to hear their own improvement. A finely tuned instrument gives them this gift – a true reflection of their talent and dedication.
This is when the sparkle appears in young musicians’ eyes, and motivation really takes hold. What happens from there well, that really is magic.
How We Bring Out the Best in Your Instruments (and Your Students)
At Tom Sparkes Instrument Repairs, nothing is left to chance. We follow a thorough system to ensure every instrument reaches its potential. Here are some of the things we do to achieve thisInspection:-With an eagle eye, your Technician inspects every millimetre of your instrument. We look for dents, check all screws, springs, corks and pads, and examine every key for bends. We go over EVERYTHING with a fine tooth comb, making careful notes to ensure nothing is missed.
Report to You:- We phone you with a full report, firm price, and time-frame. With your permission, we then
Get Down To Work:- Using the notes as a guide, we meticulously straighten keys to their perfect, original position. We replace corks and pads (only using genuine cork and premium woven felt). And we tune everything precisely so all keys move with ease and your instrument plays at the perfect pressure. If it’s economically prudent, we will also remove dents (as discussed with you over the phone). The next stage is a
Leak Light Examination:- Using a series of highly-specialised lights we examine your instrument for air leaks. Even tiny, hair-line gaps can allow up to 17% of your breath to escape. Fine tuning restores the pure sound to your instrument making it responsive to even your lightest breath. Subtle tones will be possible again. Now it’s time for
The Real Test:- As a performing musician I have high expectations about how an instrument should play. I really put your instrument through its paces to make sure everything is perfect. If an extra adjustment is needed, I’ll do it. Close enough is never good enough. Then it’s time for a
24 Hour Rest:- We’ll leave your instrument to settle overnight -- give any new parts a chance to bed in. This critical step ensures perfect tune and playability.
A Final Workout:- I’ll then give it a final test and make extra adjustments as needed. When I’m confident your instrument plays like a dream, we
Send It Home To You:- We even give you little tips to help you look after your instrument and get the most out of it. And so you have total peace of mind about trusting Tom Sparkes Instrument Repairs with your instrument, we give you a
Comprehensive Guarantee:- If there’s any reason you are unhappy with your repair, just let us know and we’ll make further adjustments at our expense
"Tom Sparkes Instrument Repairs have been looking after my horns for the last 30 years. Rob sets my saxes up just how I like them and they play spectacularly after the guys have worked their magic on them. Thanks again guys."Kirk Pengilly (INXS)
"I've been taking my horns to Rob for over a decade. His work is world class and he's a master craftsman.
I wouldn't trust my horns with anyone else."
(James Morrison Quintet) (Session player)