Mad Robin Music and Dance offers repair and reconditioning of classroom xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels and bass bars. We can also replace missing bars and help you match mallets to your instruments. While most of the parts we use are made by Sonor and Studio 49, we have successfully reconditioned instruments of many brands, including Suzuki, Samba, MEG, Golden Bridge, and Bergerault.Even if your instruments are 20, 30 or 40 years old, it is likely that they can be restored with proper attention. Here are some examples of typical repairs on older Orff instruments.1. Replacing worn, compressed or missing tubing under the bars.
2. Straightening nails that are still serviceable.
3. Replacing nails that have lost their rubber sleeves.
4. Extracting and replacing rubber pins that have broken off in the resonator box.
5. Adding new bar supports under bass bars to improve their resonance.
6. Eliminating buzzing on bass xylophones.
7. Oiling wood bars, and polishing metal bars to remove corrosion.
8. Epoxy repair jobs on resonator boxes with plastic inserts.Every resonator box we service is also vacuumed to remove dust, and each bar is checked for optimal resonance on the instrument.For schools within the Puget Sound area, you may make an appointment for Margaret to visit your school, and do the repairs on-site. For schools outside the area, it is possible that we may be traveling to your locale for a workshop or conference, or if not, we can give instructions and advice that may enable you to complete the repairs yourself.If you don't see the repair you need listed above, please write or call, as we welcome unique and unusual jobs.
Above: Close-up of new tubing and nails on a 40-year-old bass xylophone.Below: Epoxy structural repairs on a
30-year-old soprano xylophone.