Oboe & Bassoon Repair & Care
Course overview | Learn about your oboe and/or bassoon; how it works, how to identify problems, see what can go wrong and how to fix it.
Offering an opportunity to learn how your oboe and/or bassoon works and how to clean, care for and fix problems. With expert guidance you will observe and practice repair skills and learn how to check if your instrument is performing at its best.
Using the dedicated teaching workshop at Linton, near Cambridge, you will have access to the guidance, tools and materials you might require. We have a range of instruments for you to practice on but please bring your own instrument as different makes and models are constructed differently and it will be most useful if you can diagnose and repair your own instrument. You may also wish to bring an instrument belonging to a student, or a school (with their permission of course!).
These courses are aimed at professional musicians, music teachers and college students as well as interested musicians and craftspeople. As a musician, knowing that your instrument is functioning at its best will give you greater confidence and improve your playing experience.
The aim is to equip you with the skills needed to identify problems, undertake successful emergency repairs and maintain your woodwind instrument in good playing condition.
Please note that this is a maintenance and emergency repair course which cannot cover the extensive knowledge and practice required to re-pad an instrument.
Tutor | Daniel Bangham
Daniel is the founder and director of Cambridge Woodwind Makers as well as being an internationally renowned classical clarinet maker. Daniel started a clarinet making and instrument repair workshop in 1981, this then became Wood, Wind & Reed specialist music shop in Cambridge.
“Thank you very much for a most enjoyable day today. I feel far more confident now in looking closely at my instruments and assessing how they are working. I was amazed what a difference a tiny adjustment made. I would certainly have turned a screw through 90 degrees if I had had the courage to turn it at all, and now I know how tiny the adjustments need to be.”
“It was both informative and rewarding and the ability to get one’s hands dirty stripping the mechanism of an oboe without the fear that it wouldn’t go back together again was a rare opportunity.”
“Thanks for the day Daniel, your style is perfect for me, it was very enabling. I learnt a lot and feel I have the basics to look at repair & maintenance. I am looking forward to tackling the bassoon.”
The course fee covers all the materials, use of tools and expert tuition. It also includes light refreshments throughout the day.
Cost | £70
Course duration | 1 day
Times | 10.00am – 4.00pm
Abilities | Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old; musicians, artisans and craftspeople.
Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email Daniel: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring | The instrument(s) you wish to learn to diagnose and repair. You will also need to wear workshop appropriate clothing. Aprons and overalls are available to use. Remember glasses if you need them, the work involves looking at small details. If you have any tools of your own you are welcome to bring them but make sure they are marked or labelled.
Lunch | If you don’t wish to bring a packed lunch food can be bought from local stores, pubs or cafes, all within walking distance of the workshop. We have a well equipped kitchen available for use by course participants.
Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND
Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow signs to Linton Zoo and we are on the industrial estate next door.
Accommodation | If you are not local to Cambridge you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course. View our accommodation page for ideas.
Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here
Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.
Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.
Insurance | We have pubic liability insurance, however personal accident insurance is obligatory for non EU participants.
Deposits | Any course with a fee of £200 or more includes a non-refundable deposit of £200.
Alternative Dates | If the dates available do not suit you it may be possible to arrange a date that does. However, we can only run an instrument making course with a minimum of two people and a Repair & Care with a minimum of three.