Instrument Repair

Salisbury Music is the leading band instrument repair facility on the lower Eastern Shore. In addition to general consumer repairs, Salisbury Music does repairs for schools in the following counties: Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, Caroline, Talbot, Sussex(DE), Accomac (VA), Northhampton (VA), as well as Salisbury University, and University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

tenorsaxrepairWoodwind Repair

  • Regulation & Adjustment
  • Playing Condition
  • TD & C – Tear Down & Clean
  • Basic Repad
  • Deluxe Repad
  • Overhaul



crackedtrpt_5Brass Repair

  • TD & C – Tear Down & Clean
  • Valve/Slide Work
  • Soldering




Orchestral String Repaircellobridge

  • Restringing
  • Soundpost – making/setting
  • Peg Work
  • Bridge Adjustment/Fabrication
  • Other Minor Repairs




Guitar Repairguitar1

  • Restringing
  • Machine Head Replacement
  • Nut/Saddle Replacement
  • Neck/Action Adjustment



Joel R. Smith – Repairman

Upon graduation from James M. Bennett High School in 1982, Joel attended The Eastern School of Musical Instrument Repair in Irvington, NJ. While enrolled at Eastern, Joel worked at City Music Center in Union, NJ, cleaning and servicing band instrument rentals. Upon graduation from Eastern in 1983, Joel returned to Salisbury and opened Salisbury Music & Instrument Repair with his parents.

Joel is a member of:

napbirt logo NAPBIRT – The National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians

image Delphi Band Instrument Repair Forum (members only)

Since graduation Joel has attended:

  • Yamaha Repair & Technology Seminar – Grand Rapids, MI
  • NAPBIRT Regional Clinic in Frederick, MD in October 2008
  • NAPBIRT Regional Clinic in Norfolk, VA in February 2009


Repair Shop

When Salisbury Music down-sized in 2007, we actually were able to expand the repair shop to 200 +/-square feet. This expansion allowed us to have dedicated woodwind, brass, and string instrument workbenches, plus a machine bench with buffing machine and belt/disk sander.


Woodwind Bench


Brass Bench


String Bench


Brass Cleaning Tank


not very high-tech, but it works

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