Covid-19 Adjustments & Moving Forward

     With the world focusing on Covid-19 and the many facets of societal health, changes are being made everywhere to protect each other. All performance art forms have been hard hit with the dangers brought by this virus and artists everywhere have stepped up to the task of keeping others safe. However, the price was the cancellation of public performances and school events. I have hope that these will return as time goes by, but until then I want to assure you:

The Tuneful Tech has you in mind when repairing your instruments.

I have been doing several things around the shop to keep busy and learn as much as possible about health and safety. ​

  • I have been doing my part to follow CDC Guidelines and the Local Government Mandates

  • I have been participating in a project called ICI, or Infection Control for Instruments. 

  • I have been implementing new guidelines for incoming and outgoing repairs in the shop as well as rearranging the shop for better repair flows.

  • I have been updating the website and all my online media sites to link to all that I have learned and will be continuing to update it as needed.

  • I have been disinfecting the bench between every estimate and repair as well as creating separate benches for "dirty" and "clean" instrument jobs.

  • I disinfect every instrument after final play-testing.

The changes that are being made however are not solely for the current Covid-19 situation, but for all the Health and Safety of Musicians and their Instruments.

Health and Safety is not a new discussion in the Music Industry, but the in-depth study of Infection Control as applied to Instruments and Musicians is a most helpful topic and one I hope to see added to all music education in the future. It comes with many habits that we can implement easily. Safely directing habits towards individual instruments and their care without causing any damage & keeping musicians safer.

​Its COA Season! - Summer & Winter  are generally the time for COAs.  To keep your instrument in top condition I may be recommending COAs if you have not had one in the last year or sooner if you are a professional & playing more often than the average person. 

  • This is not related to Covid-19, it is just the season we are in.

New Guidelines, Options & Requests for Incoming and Outgoing Repairs 

  • I am implementing a 4-Day Quarantine for every instrument before on-site estimates and as an option after repairs are through. 

    • For example, if you drop off your flute on Monday it will be quarantined through Thursday and I will do an estimate on Friday. 

    • After your approval, and repairs have been made, you can leave it with me through another 4 days of quarantine before you pick it up, or you can pick it up at your convenience with the knowledge that I play-tested that instrument before it was sealed. 

  • I am offering a Virtual Estimate for anyone who would like to speed up the estimation process and possibly the repair process. 

    • This will require you to be able to fill out a couple forms, take a few pictures of your pads, and do a Zoom call with me Before dropping off your instrument. 

    • I can then write up an estimate that day and we can determine ahead of time if you need anything more substantial than an A&R. 

  • Emergency Repairs or a 5&Under Repairs (This means I can get it done in less than 5 minutes); then I may remove the COA Requirement and I MAY NOT PLAY-TEST your instrument. This will be determined on a Case by Case basis only.

  • Curbside pick-up and drop-off for all accessory purchases and repairs. I have been updating everything within my shop including the front room, so for the time being it is closed to visitors. For updates on my projects, follow me on Facebook or Instagram (link below).

  • Request : Please clean your cases out before bringing your instrument in for repair. For many, many years technicians have silently cleaned out the instrument's case of used, broken reeds, crumpled up notes, gum, trash and the like, of course leaving all of your accessories in the cases. It is still easier to clean the case without all the excess in the way. (It also helps me to not forget anything.)

    • Please remove trash, metronomes, tuners, stands, music, and cleaning/polishing cloths. (If you have a washable cleaning cloth this is a perfect time to throw it in the wash!)

    • Please leave in the case - the instrument, mouthpiece, oils/grease you use, any loose pieces that hold the instrument in the case (saxophone case plugs, etc.), and for flutes, the cleaning rod.

    • If you have a soft outer case, you can keep it at home and I will more easily be able to disinfect your case when it arrives.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to guide you through the process of preparing your instrument.

My Repair Plans & Schedules

All Repairs

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No Rush Job - *Typically 2-3 Weeks*

  • Drop-off

  • 4-Day Quarantine

  • Estimate

  • Approval

  • Repair

  • Disinfection

  • 4-Day Quarantine (Optional)

  • Pick-up

All Repairs
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Minimal Rush Job - *Typically 1-3 Weeks*

  • Virtual Estimate

  • Drop-off

  • Quarantine until Est Confirmation & Repair

  • Disinfection

  • 4-Day Quarantine (Optional)

  • Pick-up

*Final Times will be based on current repairs in house*

General Repairs Only

Not available for COAs or Overhauls
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Emergency Repair Job - Same Day

  • Drop-off

  • “Aggressive Disinfection”

  • Estimate

  • Approval

  • Same Day Repair

  • “Aggressive” Disinfection

  • Pick-up

  • Extra $25 Charge for Rush Job


Infection Control for Instruments

  • The ICI Statement of Purpose is below. If you have any questions about the project or would like to view the  published articles & videos, feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help in any way I can. This is an ongoing project and I will provide links to the project articles as they become available.

  • Please keep in mind, this project was NOT built to replace CDC recommendations and guidelines, but to empower repair techs and musicians to better understand the spread of germs and their removal as applied to instruments and players.

    • ICI Statement of Purpose:

    • Infection Control for Musical Instruments (ICI) is a project intended to empower music industry professionals to make their own decisions and recommendations for instrument handling with sanitary hygiene in mind. 

    • Creating or upgrading protocols or practices is a daunting task that each of us must face, though it can seem overwhelming.

    • Meanwhile, Interim guidelines have been offered by the CDC to help organizations who need immediate cleaning and disinfection and recommendations. This link takes you to a page written for existing Coronavirus, but with discussion added about what we know so far about Covid-19:

    • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

The Tuneful Tech

458 N Rockwell

Oklahoma City, OK 73127

(405) 498-2064

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