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Career and Education Opportunities for Musical Instrument Mechanics

In general, musical instrument mechanics repair percussion, stringed, or wind instruments. They also may specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.

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STATES WITH Musical Instrument Mechanic OPPORTUNITIES

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Musical Instrument Mechanic

Musical Instrument Mechanic video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Musical instrument mechanics play instruments to review their sound quality and to identify any defects. They also repair or remove musical instrument parts, such as strings and keys, using hand and power tools. Equally important, musical instrument mechanics have to disassemble instruments and parts for repair and adjustment. They are often called upon to reassemble instruments following repair, using hand tools and power tools and glue or clamps, and lubricate instruments as needed. They are expected to examine instruments to identify defects, and to establish their value or the level of restoration required. Finally, musical instrument mechanics mix and measure glue that will be used for instrument repair.

Every day, musical instrument mechanics are expected to be able to note differences between sounds as they change tone and volume. They need to control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.