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MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MAKING AND REPAIR

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MAKING AND REPAIR

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									MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MAKING AND REPAIR



JOB ROLES
Musical instrument makers build, repair and restore musical instruments and adjust or alter them
to owners' specifications.

Musical instrument makers may perform the following tasks:

    •   design and make instrument parts using specially selected materials and techniques
        similar to those used in cabinetmaking, metal pipe making, silversmithing and wood
        carving
    •   talk to, and take instructions from, musicians
    •   install electrical wiring, assemble and glue parts together, attach strings as necessary
        and tune instruments
    •   maintain instruments to keep them in working order
    •   identify and repair damaged or faulty parts
    •   play instruments to test for tonal defects and to check repairs
    •   advise customers about the acoustic properties of the instruments.

Musical instrument makers may specialise in one instrument or in a range of instruments usually
from the same group (e.g. stringed, electronic, brass, woodwind or percussion). Each instrument
has its own specific requirements.




EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS
The Musical Instrument Making and Repair industry comprises businesses involved in highly
skilled activities associated with making and repairing stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion
instruments. Most businesses are small, employing less than 20 people, and the majority of
activity relates to manufacture of stringed instruments.

The niche sector reflects a time-honoured skill, highly regarded for its fine craftsmanship and
beautifully crafted instruments. The nature of the sector attracts many young people in search of
a trade calling in fine hand skills and passion for the workmanship.

Musical instrument makers are usually self-employed or work as part of a small team. Many need
to supplement their income by doing other types of work




TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
At present you can work as a musical instrument maker without formal qualifications. You will
probably get some informal training on the job.

There have been national qualifications developed that are expected to be available for delivery
in 2008.

								
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