4 Private Lessons-Clarinet Repair Level 1 Jump Start



With our Clarinet Level 1 Repair Course Jump Start you will be off to the races ready to learn repair on ZOOM with one of our master technicians. Our instructors are our most successful graduates of our program.  They are masterful teachers and educators in their own right, and now are adding repair training to their roster of abilities. Master Woodwind Technician, Bruce Marking, is the head of our program, alongside flutist, and master woodwind repair technician, Christina Colston, from The Tuneful Tech.

What You Will Learn and Do:

In this short private lesson course, you will learn how to assemble and disassemble your clarinet, change a pad, replace a bumper, key, or tenon cork, and discover how much you like doing repair as a trade and discipline. Our private lesson course also includes access to work alongside a tech via zoom 3-5 hours a week. You will be able to observe the tech and chit chat while you both do work.

All of your lessons will be recorded and be made available to you.

In between your lessons, you can also participate in a zoom drop in with your instructor or other instructors, where you can chat while you work with them for an hour. They will be on the clock so it’s not a lesson, but an opportunity to buddy up and learn about the job and observe while you do work as well.

Enrollment is limited to only serious participants who wish to enroll in our next Level 1 class.

What The Class Includes:

  • You will receive (4) 1-hour-private-lessons to help you build your skills so you advance more quickly. Lessons are scheduled either 1 week or 2 weeks apart at most- to ensure you make progress and realize their benefit.
  • All the supplies you need to start that we can provide through the mail. The rest are items you may have at home or will need to buy at the hardware store.
  • This course also includes your $250 non-refundable deposit to take the next Level 1 class to hold a seat for you.

Starter Kit and Items You Need to Purchase in Advance

Below is a list of items you will need to purchase along with those we will send to you.

From Home Depot or your local hardware store you will need to purchase:

Razor Blades – single edge blades
Denatured Alcohol – 1 can
Q-Tips – 1 large package
DAP Weldwood Contact Cement- 1 container
Small soft paintbrush or toothbrush (bristles don’t matter) – flat bristled brush
Emery cloth  – 240 grit (for sanding tenon corks)
Emery board – pack of 10, or similar (for sanding key corks)
Cigarette paper – OCB un-gummed, or any brand with gummed edge cut off


The rest of the items we will provide in our Clarinet Repair Starter Kit includes:

10 – 8.5mm Valentino Greenback White pads

4 – 11mm Valentino Greenback White pads

2 -14mm Valentino Greenback White pads

6 -15.5mm Valentino Greenback White pads

10 – 8.5mm Cork pads

KEY OIL – 1 bottle
GLUE – Hot melt glue – 4 pieces

-2 mm for hinge rods

-3 mm for pivot screws

SHEET CORK 1/16 for tenon and key corks – 1 sheet
SHEET CORK ASSORTMENT – (1 of each thickness)
STEEL RULE (in millimeters)


Last but not least, you will need to come with your own instruments to work on! We ask you to find a minimum of 3 you can repad. 

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs


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