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Clarinet Repairs


‘Advancing the Art of Woodwinds’ is more than a phrase – it is the foundation of our company. While we are renowned for our clarinets and accessories, our company began as a high caliber woodwind repair shop. More than a decade later, we maintain our status as purveyors of exceptional woodwind and brass repair.

The essence of great clarinet repair lies in the marriage between woodworking, metalworking, sensitive setup work and acoustics. When a piece of the puzzle is missing, your instrument doesn’t respond as it should. Over the years, artists around the world have relied on us to maintain their instruments and, thus, their livelihoods.

We build more than clarinets – we build relationships and maintain them for a lifetime. Count on us as a member of your ensemble. Together we’ll make great music.

For inquiries about Brass repair please call us at +1 604 205-5770 ext. 100 or

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To keep your instrument playing at the highest level possible, we recommend yearly maintenance of your clarinets. Beginning with an in-depth inspection, your instrument is reviewed under digital microscopes, while the body is tested for leaks, cracks and changes in dimensions. Sometimes, the work needed can be as minor as re-seating a single pad. Other times, changes in your clarinet require much more in-depth work to bring it back to life.


Backun Musical Services has become the go-to shop for clarinet customizations, overhauls and restorations. Whether the clarinet in question is your principal performing instrument, or a rare antique, our global reputation for clarinet repair and modification is hard earned.

From tuning and voicing to bore reaming and sleeve design, tonehole and tenon replacement, to key fabrication and modification, our extensive repertoire of custom tooling and fixtures allow for the most precise and detailed repairs.

In many cases, our clients are looking for something out of the ordinary; this could be custom plating in gold. Perhaps custom register tubes and tuning or venting mechanisms are in order. Regardless, we’ve probably done it before. This includes delicate museum quality restoration of vintage instruments and insurance appraisals for your valuable collection.

Aside from traditional custom work, our shop is equipped with rapid 3D prototyping machines to aid in the design and creation of custom vents, mechanisms and extensions. Low F vents, Bb voicing mechanisms and more innovations are all in a day’s work. We are also able to custom design and craft Basset and Bass Clarinet extensions for a variety of instruments.

Dedicated to supporting musicians of all backgrounds and skill levels, one specific project that we are humbled to develop is the fabrication of custom prostheses to support medical conditions and ailing postures. In cases where musicians cannot play the clarinet as originally designed, we are just what the doctor ordered. With in-house rapid 3D prototyping machines, we have successfully created custom keywork and supports that help players get back on stage. When your clients and the music they play always come first, perfection is not a goal – it’s a requirement.


Flutes & Piccolos


‘Advancing the Art of Woodwinds’ is more than a phrase – it is the foundation of our company. While we are renowned for our clarinets and accessories, our roots began as a high caliber woodwind repair shop. More than a decade later, we maintain our status as purveyors of exceptional woodwind and brass repair.

By their very nature, flutes and piccolos are delicate instruments requiring methodical attention to detail in performance. The same can be said for their maintenance, repair and customization, as a minor improvement in craftsmanship and setup can have rewarding results for an artist and their audience.

At Backun Musical Services, flute and piccolo work holds a special place in our history. Alongside being a renowned clarinet designer, Morrie Backun began his career in instrument repair as a custom flute maker and technician (little known history that Morrie doesn’t talk about often enough). Early in the history of Backun Musical Services, we were fortunate to have Diane Burke join our family. Her primary role has been to support the flute and piccolo clients that have come to expect perfection in our repair services. From world-renowned artists to educators, students and amateurs alike, every flute and piccolo that comes to our shop is treated with the same care and respect – we’ve built our reputation on it.


With more than twenty-five years of experience servicing professional flutes and piccolos, Diane handles a majority of these repairs for BMS. She was the Lead Technician for the North American distributor of Miyazawa Flutes Ltd. and holds a certificate from the Red Wing Band Instrument Repair Program. A flute and piccolo repair and restoration specialist, Diane was formerly Principal Flute with the Mankato Symphony in Mankato, MN and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Management from Mankato State University.

“From the very beginning, flute and piccolo players are taught to be uniquely in-tune with their instrument. When something is not working right – keywork is out of alignment, pads aren’t seated correctly – you suffer and so does your playing. As you would your embouchure, keep your instrument in top condition and your music will flourish.” Diane Burke

For inquiries regarding flute and piccolo repair please call us at +1 604 205-5770 ext. 104 or

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Aside from minor adjustments and emergency repairs, we recommend that your flutes and piccolos receive yearly maintenance to keep them playing in optimal condition.

Each repair, no matter how large or small, begins with a complete review of the instrument. In particular, wooden piccolos are inspected on our surgical microscopes to check for leaks and cracks, as well as the general condition of the wood.

Once the repair and maintenance work begins, each key is fit precisely to the body. We uphold meticulous padding work to tolerances of .005” (five-thousandths of an inch). After the pads are seated, corks, felts and bumpers are delicately matched to the personal needs of each player, while spring tension is also adjusted and personalized. Your flute or piccolo is then cleaned and polished before being returned to you.

Rest assured, when your flute or piccolo leaves the shop, it will be ready to perform when you are. Happy instruments are always a precursor to great performances.



Aside from regular maintenance, we pride ourselves on the ability to do custom modifications, overhauls and complete restorations when needed. From custom keywork and key conversions to professional re-plating in silver or gold, our repair facilities are equipped to handle the needs of our discerning clients.

Padding options offered for flutes and piccolos include: Straubinger, premium felt, fine cork and Valentino. Backun Musical Services is a certified shop for Straubinger Pad installation.

In addition to body and keywork, our clients have come to rely on us for expert headjoint cutting and modification. Regardless of the task at hand, our custom tooling and training assures you quality work and uncompromising standards of craftsmanship.

World renowned as a clarinet manufacturer, our shop is uniquely skilled in wooden bodywork, including wooden piccolos and wooden flutes. Whether your instrument needs tonehole cutting or modification, crack repair or yearly maintenance, our woodworking techniques and tooling offer you true peace of mind.


Brass Repairs


‘Advancing the Art of Woodwinds’ is more than a phrase – it is the foundation of our company. While we are renowned for our clarinets and accessories, our roots began as a high caliber woodwind repair shop. More than a decade later, we maintain our status as purveyors of exceptional woodwind and brass repair.

Why should woodwind players have all the fun? Because brass instruments need a little love too, we opened our shop to brass repair in 2009 when Takuya Maeda joined Backun Musical Services as our full-time brass technician.



Tak (as he is known to friends and clients) has practiced the craft of brass instrument repair for more than twenty years. An accomplished trumpet player and conductor, Tak brings a deep sense of commitment and skill to every repair and restoration. A graduate of the Osaka College of Music and a student of Frank Kaderabek (former Principal Trumpet, The Philadelphia Orchestra), Tak joined The Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra as a trumpet player from 1979 to 1989. After moving to Canada in 1990, he played trumpet with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (1990-1994). On the podium, Tak has been the Music Director of the West Vancouver Concert band, West Vancouver Pops Band, and Sea to Sky Wind Ensemble. As well, he has been a Guest Conductor of the Pacific Symphonic wind Ensemble (2011).

For inquiries regarding brass repairs please call us at +1 604 205-5770 ext. 108 or

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Our brass repairs all begin with an inspection and thorough ultrasonic, or chemical cleaning of the instrument. Valves are inspected and refit to the valve-casings while all tuning slides are aligned and adjusted for optimal tuning and movement. If required, the mouthpiece-receiver is refit and the valve-casing cap thread is adjusted to reduce the action noise.

Dents are removed along with the straightening of bent bells, slides and tubing. Joint tension is reduced to improve responsiveness and, if requested, the finger hook or ring is relocated to make ergonomic hand positioning more comfortable.



French Horns receive a valve re-fitting with the tuning slides being aligned and adjusted for fit and tightness. Valve spindles are inspected and fine-tuned for optimal movement while the stop-arm bumper is adjusted, or repositioned, as necessary. Should any dent work be required, dents are removed and broken braces and joints are soldered. For players requiring a change in hand positioning, the thumb and finger hooks can be relocated for a more comfortable, ergonomic fit.



After a chemical clean, the trombone’s slide is straightened and aligned for ease of movement. If present on the instrument, rotary valves are refit for precise tuning and action. Dents are removed and the metalwork is repaired to bring the instrument back to professional playing condition. Finally, tension is removed in the joints to improve response and tuning.


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