Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

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About the Job

Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.

It is also Called

  • Voicer
  • Violin Repairer
  • Violin Mechanic
  • Tone Regulator
  • Stringed Instrument Tuner
  • Stringed Instrument Repairer
  • Reed or Wind Instrument Tuner
  • Reed or Wind Instrument Repairer
  • Player Piano Technician
  • Pipe Organ Tuner and Repairer
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What They Do

  • Remove material from bars of percussion instruments to obtain specified tones, using bandsaws, sanding machines, machine grinders, or hand files and scrapers.
  • Replace xylophone bars and wheels.
  • File metal reeds until their pitches correspond with standard tuning bar pitches.
  • Clean, sand, and paint parts of percussion instruments to maintain their condition.
  • Cut out sections around cracks on percussion instruments to prevent cracks from advancing, using shears or grinding wheels.
  • Stretch drumheads over rim hoops and tuck them around and under the hoops, using hand tucking tools.
  • Assemble bars onto percussion instruments.
  • Cut new drumheads from animal skins, using scissors, and soak drumheads in water to make them pliable.
  • Repair breaks in percussion instruments, such as drums and cymbals, using drill presses, power saws, glue, clamps, grinding wheels, or other hand tools.
  • Solder or weld frames of mallet instruments and metal drum parts.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: AIS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $36,600 with most people making between $20,610 and $55,790

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 490 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 470 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 10 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.



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