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Here at Dance is With Music we specialise in repairs to percussion and brass instruments, and can put you in touch with string or woodwind specialists too. Give us a ring for advice, or further information, and if we can't help, we will definitely know someone who can! We aslo offer an inventory listing service for all your band instruments so you can keep track of them.

Our workshop leader Colin has completed the internationally recognised Brass  Instrument Repair course with Trevor Head at his School in Llangunllo, Wales, and is an Associate Member of the Association of Musical Instrument Repairers. Following his retirement from  the Police Service, Colin worked for 3 years as an Instrument Technician for Devon LDP Music Service (now Babcock LDP Music Service). All repairs are guaranteed and are undertaken in our brand new workshop in Bishops Lydeard.



GET IT WORKING - Entry level basic service - Remove and clean valves and slides just so that the instrument functions. Advise and quote regarding any further work required: £40.00

FULL SERVICE - Clean the inside and outside of the instrument, check and set all valve clearances, check springs, valve guides, corks and felts, replacing as required. Remove, clean and lubricate all slides, lubricate valve caps and threads. Advise on continued maintenance, and on any major faults requiring further work: £55.00

OVERHAUL - The same as the above for a full service,  but  adding the replacement of all springs, corks, felts, waterkey corks, and repairing minor accessible dents. Any additional major work quoted for in advance. Advice on continued maintenance. Price on application dependent on work required.

Prices for indiviual, specific jobs are available on quotation dependent on the length/complexity of job, number of instruments, severity of damage and level of service required. Overhauls would require the instruments to be brought to the workshop, but we also offer a collection and delivery service for a reasonable charge dependent on mileage.

We can also visit your bandroom or storage facility and provide an inventory of what instruments you have and their estimated value, and offer an estimate service for any repairs, or for the resale value of any instruments that are unwanted.


We restore older instruments and offer them for sale, and details of these instrument are listed below. Contact us for more information:

Items are listed once ready for sale, but availability depends on what items come into the workshop. We have recently sold several student trumpets, and there is an older Eb and a Bb bass coming once I've reconditioned them - watch this space!

  1. Not all instruments have mouthpieces, but this can be arranged.
  2. All instruments will be refurbished prior to sale.
  3. Where the picture has the DiWM background, it's an actual pic; if not, it's just an illustration.

    Massive selection of claws, tension rods, lugs, felts, snare strainers, and many more. bits and bobs
    VARIOUS - Full list being prepared for upload POA Drum_bits

Testimonials for Conducting and Performing

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Wired @ Exmouth 2011

Hi guys - saw Wired at The First and Last in Exmouth a year or so back, and apart from loving the yellow drum kit, I thought Colin's drumming was fantastic!  He put so much into it - rather like Keith Moon of The Who fame, and lifted the whole performance as a result - very tight and very professional. I love drummers that go that extra mile - nice one Colin - and a great site too!

City of Exeter Railway Band

What a breath of fresh air! I witnessed Colin conducting the City of Exeter Railway Band in the Manor Gardens at Exmouth  last summer, and not only was I impressed by his ability as a musician and conductor, but also by the way he communicated with his players. He clearly put them at ease and brought the best out in them.  A lovely concert with good humour and humility - and, I might add, some seriosuly good arrangements and compositions by Colin too.

Hawkes 'Clippertone' trumpet

Can I just once again say what a fantastic job you did with my ancient (Hawkes & Co 'Clippertone)' trumpet - it's very impressive indeed, and my grandson is absolutely delighted with his Christmas present. He didn't stop playing it the whole time he was here (!) and has now taken the trumpet back to America with him and will be having lessons on his return to school. I can't thank you enough. The difference in the condition in which you received the instrument to how it was when I received it back is amazing. Thank you so much - you made a little boy and his grandfather very happy! Dr J R Telfer, Lympstone, 2012.

Trumpet servicing

Many thanks for the swift and professional repair and service on my trumpet (Bach Strad). I have had the instrument for a little over 5 years now and and bought it from my brother-in-law who I know looked after it very well so I was starting to feel a little guilty about neglecting it. It always seemed like too much of a chore given the apparent lack of people in Exeter who can service and repair brass instruments. The stuck tuning slide was the final straw and I was very relieved to find your website. It was all so easy in the end to drop it off and to then have it returned to my door was an extra added bonus. I will certainly know where to come next time. Thanks again. Catherine Mungall