CAREER

Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

Overview

Salary Median (2017)

$36,530

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+1.2% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

Post-Secondary Certificate

Career

What Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners Do

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

Other Job Titles Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners May Have

Banjo Repair Person, Brass Instrument Repair Technician, Fretted String Instrument Repairer, Guitar Repairer, Instrument Repair Technician, Luthier, Mandolin Repair Person, Piano Technician, Piano Tuner, Stringed Instrument Repairer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Founder ,

Santa Cruz Guitars

I coach our guitar makers, tell our story, look for responsibly harvested wood while relentlessly seeking peace of mind and quality of life for everyone involved.

Head of Musical Instrument Tech Department ,

Blue Man Group

My typical day involves music, instruments, vintage amplifiers, drums, drums, and more drums. I spend some time scheduling crew, purchasing consumables, maintaining vendor relations, coordinating with other departments, and generally supporting the instrument side of the production. I don't get as hands-on as I once did but am still actively involved with the instrument tech side of things. I mainly oversee my very talented crew of techs and make sure that shows happen every night.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Play instruments to evaluate their sound quality and to locate any defects.
  • Adjust string tensions to tune instruments, using hand tools and electronic tuning devices.
  • Disassemble instruments and parts for repair and adjustment.
  • Inspect instruments to locate defects, and to determine their value or the level of restoration required.
  • Repair cracks in wood or metal instruments, using pinning wire, lathes, fillers, clamps, or soldering irons.

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