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Band Instrument Repair Technician

Lane Music is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Purpose: Repair percussion, string, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning. Develop and maintain engaging relationships with Band Directors and Orchestra Teachers to ensure Brand Excellence within the community for Lane Music.

Essential Job Functions

  • Play instruments to evaluate their sound quality and to locate any defects.
  • Disassemble instruments and parts for repair and adjustment.
  • Inspect instruments to locate defects, and to determine their value or the level of restoration required.
  • Shape old parts and replacement parts to improve tone or intonation, using hand tools, lathes, or soldering irons.
  • Compare instrument pitches with tuning tool pitches to tune instruments.
  • Mix and measure glue that will be used for instrument repair.
  • Adjust string tensions to tune instruments, using hand tools and electronic tuning devices.
  • Make wood replacement parts, using woodworking machines and hand tools.
  • Polish instruments, using rags and polishing compounds, buffing wheels, or burnishing tools.
  • Repair cracks in wood or metal instruments, using pinning wire, lathes, fillers, clamps, or soldering irons.
  • String instruments, and adjust trusses and bridges of instruments to obtain specified string tensions and heights.
  • Refinish instruments to protect and decorate them, using hand tools, buffing tools, and varnish.
  • Solder posts and parts to hold them in their proper places.
  • Remove dents and burrs from metal instruments, using mallets and burnishing tools.
  • Remove drum heads by removing tension rods with drum keys and cutting tools.
  • Test tubes and pickups in electronic amplifier units, and solder parts and connections as necessary.
  • Align pads and keys on reed or wind instruments.
  • Repair breaks in percussion instruments such as drums and cymbals, using drill presses, power saws, glue, clamps grinding wheels, or other hand tools.
  • Adjust felt hammers on pianos to increase tonal mellowness or brilliance, using sanding paddles lacquer, or needles.
  • Cut out sections around cracks on percussion instruments to prevent cracks from advancing, using shears or grinding wheel.
  • Remove irregularities from tuning pins, strings, and hammers of pianos; using wood blocks or filing tools.
  • Clean, sand, and pain parts of percussion instruments to maintain their condition.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but Associate degree will be considered.
  • 5 years’ experience or a letter of reference from technical class instructor required.
  • Strong musical background and knowledge of instruments/equipment required.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and show proof of liability insurance coverage as required by the laws of the state of Tennessee.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

Skills and Abilities

  • Solid understanding of the music industry, equipment, and instruments.
  • Solid understanding of various musical instruments and the ability to tune and repair.
  • Ability to build strong relationships and establish self as an expert in the industry.
  • Excellent customer service skills required.
  • Must be a food listener and communicator.
  • Must be a self-starter and possess well-disciplined habits.
  • Dependability and loyalty is a must.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and meetings within allotted time frame and with a great attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong sense of protocol, tact, and diplomacy to work effectively with a variety of people and personalities.

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