Musical instrument makers/repairers build, renovate or repair musical instruments. Depending on the type of work, they might use traditional materials such as wood and metal, or modern materials including plastic and fibreglass. They might also fit electronic units such as guitar pickups or other amplification aids.
Most musical instrument makers/repairers specialise in one family of instrument: violin or guitar; early stringed instruments; early keyboard instruments; brass or woodwind instruments; organ or piano tuning.
Piano tuners adjust piano strings to the correct pitch using a tuning fork and tuning hammer.
Musical instrument makers/repairers normally work a 40- hour week, Monday to Friday. Some part-time opportunities may be available. Many are freelance and can choose their working hours.
Most instrument makers work in small workshops, or work from home if self-employed. Piano tuners and organ builders visit customers’ homes and other premises, usually within a local area, to service or repair instruments on site.
As an instrument maker/repairer, you should:
If you would like to know anything about Musical Instrument Maker/Repairer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
10 Stratford Place
Tel: 020 7629 4413
Institute of Musical Instrument Technology (IMIT)
11 Kendal Avenue South
Piano Tuners Association
British Violin Making Association