CHRIS BANTA - MASTER TUNER

SERVICES

BAR
TUNING
BAR
REFINISHING

Tuning Assessment Check

Entire instrument[1]............ $50


Bar Tuning Only (each)

[Wood, Metal, Synthetic]..... $15

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[1] The purpose of the tuning check is to assess the quality of the tuning of the entire instrument.  Based on the findings and if the client agrees to have the tuning service performed, the tuning check fee is waived.

**Good News - Client will only be charged for those bars that were actually tuned.

A small dimple is added to the underside of the bar to show that the bar was checked and confirms that it is in tune.

Note: The default tuning standard is A-440.  Most manufacturers will stamp the tuning standard on one of the "A" notated bars (e.g. A-440, A-442).  If not specified somewhere on the instrument but the instrument's make and model number are provided, an on-line web search to the manufacturer will most-likely specify the instrument's tuning standard.

(Includes Tuning)

Wood: clear coat[2] ............. $25

 

Wood: stain

and clear coat[3] ................. $30    

Aluminum[4] 

 

Synthetic:

primer and painted[5] ......... $30

 

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[2] Clear Coat - Waterbase: matte, satin, or  semi-gloss - which most closely matches the existing finish. 

 

Note: A gloss finish is generally not recommended due to potential nuisance glare and reflections from overhead light sources.

 

[3]Stain - Whether stained or painted a best attempt will be made to match the hue/color of the bar's original finish.

[4]Gold Bars - Coloring an aluminum bar is a process called "anodizing." In the event of a replacement bar and to match the neighboring notes of the instrument, a local plating company will be consulted.  Cost will include matching the plating color (using neighboring bars) and creating the plating bath.

[5]Synthetic bars are simply painted.  The process includes a light sanding, application of a spray-on primer, followed by two coats of a color coat - typically black satin or a semi-gloss finish.  The client has the option of selecting a different color if they so choose.  The bar set is then tuned.

BAR
REPAIR

(Wood Only)

Repair only[6] ..................... $20

 

Repair and Retune .............. $30

 

Repair, refinish, and retune.. $35

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[6] In this case, bar repair is limited to splits or cracks only at the "end" of the bar.  To prevent the bar from further splitting, a dowel cross-member is glued and installed.

  • Splits and cracks in the middle of the bar cannot be glued and clamped because the glue will separate in time.  

  • Bars broken into separate pieces simply cannot be reassembled.  


In both these cases replacement is the only solution. 

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BAR
REPLACEMENT

Bar Replacement Wood[7]

C2 - B2............................... $125

C3 - B3............................... $100

C4 - C7...............................  $  75

Pitches below C2 - Contact Chris

Aluminum[8]

F2 - E3............................... $200

F3 - E4............................... $175

F4 - F5...............................  $150

Pitches below F2 - Contact Chris

Steel / Synthetics[9]

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Note: There are generally four reasons when bar replacement is necessary:

  1. the bar is so flat that the normal re-tuning process cannot bring it back to pitch. 

  2. there is a non-related noise produced when the bar is struck with a mallet (e.g. buzzing)

  3. the bar's ring time or sustain is severely diminished causing it to sound dead.

  4. the bar is so damaged that it is unable to function normally (e.g. broken in half)

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[7]Wood Availability - The industry standard is Honduras Rosewood.  Unfortunately due to very sparse supplies, this wood is currently very difficult to obtain.  Suggested replacement woods are:

  • African Padauk

  • Bubinga

  • Santos Mahogany

  • Jarrah

  • Jatoba

[8]Bars are made from T-6061 aluminum bar stock.  The suspect bar is required for exact size matching and hole location.  (See note [4 for anodizing or coloring of aluminum bars.)

[9]The shop is not set up to fabricate steel or synthetic bars from scratch. Tuning is always the first step in correction.

  • In the event tuning is not possible, the manufacturer will be contacted for replacement options.

  • [Option] In the event the manufacture is no longer able to create a matching replacement bar or is out of business, an optional wooden bar can be made that matches the suspect bar with the understanding that this should only be viewed as a temporary fix.  The rationale for this, it's better to have a non-homogeneous yet functional note rather than a sub-standard note or no note at all.

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