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Large(ish) servicing contract coming up. Ideas needed on ordering pads and parts.

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G'day Guys,

Just trying to get some other ideas before I place my orders. School breaks up in 5 weeks time for the Christmas Holidays (8 weeks more or less).

Over that time, I'll have somewhere between 200-250 instruments to service/ repair. The breakdown is pretty much 60/40 woodwind to brass, with the woodwind being heavy on clarinets and the brass being predominantly trumpets and tromboneswith not a lot of anything big and low.

Many of the instruments will have been serviced 12 months previously, so they shouldn't all need total repads etc.

With that in mind I have to order supplies, everything from pads, to pearls, springs to screws, that I'll need to get the instruments serviced without getting caught out by running short of 10mm clarinet pads or 18mm sax pads for example.

I scribbled down a few things on paper and just for the clarinet pads alone I'm already into the hundreds. This isn't so bad in the sense that the boss has given the green light to order up rather than fall short, but at the same time, I don't want to hand him an invoice that looks like the Greek National Debt.

What quantities of pads and parts would you guys order for this sized consignment?

Ideas for things like spring assortments, spare pivot screws etc?

The overwhelming majority of the flutes clarinets and saxes will be student Jupiters and Yamahas with a few Buffet B-12 claris thrown in.

The Trumpets and Trombones also are all either Jupiter or Yamaha.

thanks guys,

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Thanks for the advice guys. It would be nice to be able to use the "just in time" method and order as needed but down here in the Land of Oz, delivery is usually 4-6 weeks if everything runs smoothly.

The biggest hassle I'm encountering at the moment is trying to work out which size trombone slide mandrels to order. 99% of the schools trombones are either Yamahas or Jupiters but unless someone has a chart or records, I'll have to wait and measure the ID of the various models before I can order. Pain in the but when the boss wants the orders sent tomorrow. lol.

Even being conservative with numbers of pads and parts, I'm already past the 3K mark. Might ask for a Christmas bonus while I'm at it.:mrgreen:
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