frequently asked questions

A white man with dreadlocks, a fedora, and a rainbow sweater sits at a bench, contemplating several boxes of Vandoren reeds.

Spencer ponders the many varieties of Vandoren reeds available in everyone’s favorite sweater.

I want to talk to Ed, is he in?

This is our number one question. Ed is usually in the shop everyday from 10 AM to 6 PM with a break for lunch, but he does get called out to estimate estates and schools fairly frequently, so it’s always a good idea to call ahead to see when he’ll be in on any given day. Ed takes one Saturday off per month.

Would you consider buying my instrument?

Potentially, yes. With instruments flooding in and out of our shop, we are always on the look out for something. However, we aren’t just looking for anything and everything, and our buying ability varies by season, so it’s not a bad idea to call us first. If we can’t buy it, we can at least give you a value and some recommendations. We can also consign for you! See below.

Can you sell my instrument for me?

Yes! We do consign instruments for many different people. When you consign with us, your instrument will be listed on our website, our Reverb page, in the physical consignment book and will be displayed in the shop as space allows. Our fee is 20%. Please see our consignment page for more info.

What rental instruments do you have?

We have a huge array of rental instruments, from basic band and orchestra to hard-to-find harmony instruments in all families. From piccolo to contrabass clarinet and 1/16th size violins to upright basses. See our full selection here.

I live outside of Washington state, can I still rent an oboe/English horn/bassoon/harmony flute/piccolo trumpet from you?

Unfortunately, our insurance does not allow us to rent across state lines at this time. If you are outside of the state, we recommend checking with Midwest Musical Imports.

How long will it take to repair my instrument?

Good question! We pride ourselves on quick turnaround, especially in emergencies, but it really depends on what is wrong with your instrument. In order to do that, we need to see your instrument in the shop.  Pictures and descriptions over the phone or email are a good start, and can help us determine the circumstances, but they don’t show the whole story. To give you the most accurate estimate, we need to be able to turn the instrument in our hands and look at it under the light. Then we can give you the best idea of what is wrong and what it will take to fix it.

Something is wrong with my instrument and I need it for a show tomorrow, can you help me?

Sometimes, yes! We have people bring their instruments in for a quick fix all the time. However, without seeing the instrument and the nature of the problem, it’s hard to be sure.

Do you work on guitars or orchestral strings?

Yes! Our luthier, Dave Payne, is Fender, Gibson and Taylor certified, with nearly 40 years experience in the field. We manage the summer repairs for many schools in the area, and will take good care of your stringed instruments.

I was cleaning Uncle Frank’s garage and found a really old saxophone/violin/trumpet, is it worth a bunch of money?

Odds are good that it’s not worth a lot, but you never know. Instruments that have sat in storage for a while do tend to need a lot of work, but we have had people bring in hidden gems before. Let us take a look at it, and we can let you know, either way.

Do you folks give lessons?

We do not have the space to do lessons here at the shop, but we do have two excellent music schools within a block of the shop – Evergreen Music Studios and Bellinghome Music. Bellingham Music over on State Street and Diventi are two other excellent schools. We highly recommend all of them. Our list of private teachers can be found here, and many of them teach at the above schools.

 Where are you?

We are located at 2405 Meridian St. in beautiful Bellingham, WA. Right across from the ReStore and Diamond Jim’s in the Fountain District.

What are your hours?

We are open Monday – Friday, 10-6 and Saturday 11-5. During rental season we often are open for extended hours. See our home page for rental season hours.

A wedding gift from Jack to Ed and Kat. At our wedding, a trio of musicians managed Here Comes the Bride on it!

What is THAT?!

THAT, is a wedding present to Ed and Kat from Jack Champagne, a local brass player and sculptor/artist. It was made with love out of several brass parts, including two french horn bells, a trombone bell, several trombone slides, and various bits and pieces from other brass instruments. Jack has made several pieces that we have displayed, including our Wind Works sign in the shop.