Repair Services


Lamorinda Music offers a comprehensive set of repair services. Whether it is a simple tune-up, a complete overhaul, or "I'm not sure what it is but it sounds a bit funny", we can help you out.


Our senior instrument repair technician, John Quell, can service student, step-up, and professional band and orchestra instruments. John is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians, or NAPBIRT. Scott Lindorfer, who has his Masters in Upright Bass Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory, handles repairs for orchestra instruments (violins, violas, cellos, and basses) as well as fretted instruments like guitars and ukuleles. 


We strive for a quick turnaround with every instrument brought into the shop. Since every instrument is unique, we do ask that you bring your instrument in so we can provide a free assessment and estimate. 


We service:

  • woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, saxophones, etc.)

  • brass (trumpets, trombones, etc.)

  • strings (violins, violas, cellos, etc.)

  • fretted instruments (guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, etc.)


Check out the results of a recent alto sax overhaul we performed here.


Services we provide include:







  • Damage repair

  • Fitting bridges/pegs

  • Restrings

  • Varnish touch-up

  • Set-ups


Fretted Instruments

  • Restrings

  • Action adjustments

  • Replace nuts & bridges

  • Install strap buttons


Come in for a free estimate. Ask about loaner instruments during the repair.


Our Repair Staff:
Logo for NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians)
Ultrasonic machine to clean brass musical instruments

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Scott is doing some touch up work on a cello

Scott is doing some touch up work on a cello 

Our band repair technician working on a bass saxophone

John is putting the finishing touches on a bass saxophone repair job

Picture of John Quell

John Quell, Sr. Instrument Repair Technician

John Quell started out in the repair industry at an internship at Onerati Strumenti Musicali in Florence, Italy during a study abroad program. John worked with top notch repairmen there and learned the basics of the trade. This sparked a lifelong interest in instrument repair.


He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in education. After a short stint teaching music, John realized that he wanted to repair instruments instead and prior to enrolling in Renton Technical school worked at a repair shop in his hometown of Norwalk, CT.


Shortly after this John graduated from Renton Technical College in the Band Instrument Repair Program in 2013. After repair school, he worked at one of the largest repair shops in the Seattle area, Kennelly Keys Music, where he was able to learn from many longtime and highly skilled and well-respected technicians in the Seattle area.


John joined the Lamorinda Music team in September 2015 and is very happy to be a part of the team. He looks forward to meeting you soon! When John isn’t repairing instruments, he’s either playing music in the Bay area as a professional gigging musician, going on hikes and enjoying all the bay area has to offer.

Scott Lindorfer, our string technician

Scott Lindorfer - Strings, Guitar, Bass

Scott Lindorfer was brought up in San Leandro, California and currently is lives in Lafayette. His parents met in the Bishop O’Dowd High School band playing trumpet and clarinet, and they have always encouraged and inspired Scott to be musical. Scott also went to Bishop O’Dowd, where he participated in bands and studied jazz double bass with Fred Randolph.  He went on to receive his Bachelors of Music from San Francisco State University. In December 2017, Scott graduated with his Masters of Music in Double Bass Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied bass with Stephen Tramontozzi of the San Francisco Symphony.


Scott has extensive orchestral experience, including five seasons as a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition, he has vast performance experience on double bass and electric bass guitar in many styles including jazz, folk, and rock.  His musical education started on guitar at age 10, and Scott now plays banjo, mandolin, ukulele and other fretted instruments in addition to guitar and double bass. Scott has a growing collection of personal musical instruments, and is always excited to talk and learn about instruments.

We are OPEN Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM-6 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM-5 PM.