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Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
District Of Columbia

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Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Apprenticeship

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typical job duties

  • Play instruments to evaluate their sound quality and to locate any defects.
  • Align pads and keys on reed or wind instruments.
  • Adjust string tensions to tune instruments, using hand tools and electronic tuning devices.
  • Inspect instruments to locate defects, and to determine their value or the level of restoration required.
  • Disassemble instruments and parts for repair and adjustment.
  • Repair cracks in wood or metal instruments, using pinning wire, lathes, fillers, clamps, or soldering irons.
  • Reassemble instruments following repair, using hand tools and power tools and glue, hair, yarn, resin, or clamps, and lubricate instruments as necessary.
  • Compare instrument pitches with tuning tool pitches in order to tune instruments.
  • Adjust felt hammers on pianos to increase tonal mellowness or brilliance, using sanding paddles, lacquer, or needles.
  • String instruments, and adjust trusses and bridges of instruments to obtain specified string tensions and heights.

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