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Steve Deutsch Music: Woodwind Repair

Each instrument that comes my way invariably presents a new set of problems. The challenge is to eliminate mechanical problems so that one can play with the confidence that musical thought will not be interfered with. It was to this end that I recently took David Straubinger's professional flute workshop in Indianapolis to learn his approach and have received certification from him. Each person I've found over the years has a different way of doing things and I've endeavored to arrive at my own synthesis.

Some of my past and present customers include Chico Freeman, Larry London (Berkeley Symphony), Hal Stein, Charles McNeal, Donna Viscuso, James Carter,Jay Spencer, Mary Cunningham (S.F. Sympony), Jim Grantham, Junior Walker, Jules Broussard, Herman Riley, Mary Wright, Damien Masterson, Skip Mesquite (Tower of Power) and many others not so well known perhaps but just as interesting.

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Additional Information:

  • Shop Rate $95/hour
  • Consultation by appointment,
    9 AM - 5:30 PM, PST, 510-533-6750
  • Piccolo, Bassoon, Oboe and other woodwind service available
  • Used instruments bought and sold
  • Additional charges for severe damage, certain types of sax resonators
  • Please use pricing list as guideline only, every instrument is unique
  • Special rates apply for David Straubinger and Jim Schmidt authorized pad installation

Muramatsu Certification
After my week of intensive training in Los Angeles with master repair technician Paul Rabinov, who trained with Bob Gilchrist, Jon Landell, Muramatsu and others, I received this certificate for Muramatsu flute repair. This gives me access to purchase Muramatsu pads and parts that are made specifically for the Muramatsu flute.

At this time I am one of five technicians in the United States trained in the advanced techniques necessary to the repair of Muramatsu flutes and the installation of their specially designed pads.

Steve Deutsch (right) with Paul Rabinov to take his Mutamatsu Flute Class
Steve Deutsch (right) with Paul Rabinov to take his Mutamatsu Flute Class

Muramatsu Certificate
Paul Rabinov's shop
Paul Rabinov’s shop

I had to solder on a new spring catch for this Koregelos Flute that had broken for the G key.

This is a 19th century, probably before 1840, clarinet that I just restored.

Gold Flute by Harry Seely

This amazing gold flute made by Harry Seely of the Flute Guild of London came in the other day, I've never seen anything like it. No I don't have it here now but sure is cool to look at.

Crutch for a Jupiter bass flute

This is a left hand crutch I made for a bass flute. The man I made this for had troubles holding the flute with the crutch that came with it (a Jupiter). This much more comfortable than the one that comes with the flute and doesn't restrict your circulation as much. I can make this to the specifications of your hand size.

Flute Alteration

This is a piece I made for C 1st finger left hand for arranger John Neufeld. This is on a Powell flute and helps Mr. Neufeld’s left hand position and makes the index finger higher.

The broken key is for a 1923
model 22 Selmer Alto saxophone.

I took the part on the right from another sax and soldered it with the key on the left.

And here is the key completed. It matched the others.

These are side Bb and C keys for a 1940 King Zephyr Baritone sax that I made from raw brass stock.

And I had to make a low C guard as well.

Here's the top end of the C key.

And the top end of the Bb key.

This is an F key for a 62,xxx series Selmer VI Tenor Sax that I rebuilt.

This is the thumb ring key that I built for a
Selmer Series 10 clarinet because the original was missing.

These are alterations I made for Sheldon Brown's Martin Alto Sax so he can play in tune quarter step intervals!

These are before and after pictures of key extensions made for a A Clarinet for Jon Graybill of Heath, Texas.

I had to fix this missing piece on my Powell wood flute.

These are before and after shots of a 1923 Martin Soprano Sax I restored.



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