Harmonica Repair Rates

Many people question whether or not it is practical to have harmonicas repaired, as opposed to buying a new instrument. With ever increasing prices and the discontinuing of many models and available keys, more and more it is worthwhile to consider having your instrument repaired. Not only do you save money but you usually end up with an instrument that plays better than when it was new or plays better than a new, off the shelf harmonica. In some cases, where instruments are too old or in such a state that repairs are not feasible, no repairs would be undertaken and the customer advised to buy a new instrument.


The following is a sample of repair rates for the various harmonicas:

10 Hole German made Hohner diatonic harmonicas, factory assembled with screws, are generally repaired at a cost of $25.00 per instrument. For models Special 20, Golden Melody, Marine Band Deluxe, Marine Band Crossover, Thunderbird, Rocket and some MS series models. This service includes:

  • Cleaning
  • Tuning
  • 1 reed replaced
  • Reeds gapped and profiled
  • Additional reeds replaced are $5.00 per reed
  • Additional charges can apply for instruments that are extremely dirty or corroded, have bent covers or need screws replaced
  • Covers on Special 20 model can be opened at the back
  • Reedplate embossing available – add $35.00 – $50.00

Hohner 1896 Classic Marine Band will be repaired for $55.00. This service includes:

  • Standard service as above
  • All nails replaced with stainless steel screws – M1.6 screws on the reedplates, M2 screws and nuts on the covers
  • Cover plates opened at the back (optional)
  • Draw reedplate flat sanded
  • older style, unsealed pear wood combs sealed with shellac
  • Zajac comb available for $30.00
  • Reedplate embossing available – add $35.00 – $50.00
  • Please note that the additional charge to convert to screws is a one-time charge and, once done, means future repairs can be done at the lesser $25.00 charge.

If the stock pear wood comb is too badly deteriorated it is recommended to upgrade to the Zajac comb.

Hohner 364 and 365 Marine Band are repaired for $57 – $62.00, service as per the 1896 Classic model except for:

  • Cover plates cannot be opened
  • Zajac comb available for $38.00
  • Reedplate embossing available – add $45.00 – $60.00

Seydel 10 hole diatonic harmonicas with stainless steel reeds are generally repaired for $32.00.

  • Zajac comb available for 1847 model for $31.00 

Hohner Tremolo harmonicas can be repaired for approximately $60.00 for single instruments, $115 – $140.00 for double-sided Echo models. This includes:

  • Cleaning
  • Tuning
  • 1 reed replaced
  • Reedplate nails replaced with stainless steel screws
  • Additional reeds replaced at $5.00 per reed (labour included)

Hohner Octave harmonicas , including the Auto Valve Harp, can be repaired for approximately $60 – $75.00 per instrument, double for the model 3427, double-sided Comet. This includes:

  • Cleaning
  • Tuning
  • Reedplate nails replaced with stainless steel screws – where applicable
  • Re-valving as necessary of Auto Valve Harp
  • Sealing wood combs

Hohner Chromatic or Seydel Chromatic harmonicas are repaired with prices ranging from $45 – $200.00, depending on what needs to be done and what new parts may be required. Typical servicing involves some or all of the following: When a new comb is required on Hohner models, it is strongly recommended that you consider switching to the 3D printed, plastic Power Comb.

  • Cleaning
  • Tuning
  • Reed replacement
  • Comb replacement
  • Reedplate nails replaced with M1.6 screws
  • Total or partial windsaver valve replacement
  • Spring replacement
  • Please note that old (pre 1965), wood combed 64 Chromonicas will only be serviced using a new Power Comb – the original wood comb will be discarded. Replacement slides are not available for this model.

We can also service Orchestral instruments as well offer other repair services such as reedplate embossing, half-valving of diatonics, custom tunings etc. Prices for these will vary. All repairs are subject to return shipping charges and tax, where applicable.

Estimates can be provided, when requested, prior to service. If the estimate is accepted, no estimate charge is applied. If estimates are declined and you want the instrument returned, an estimate/handling charge will be applied as well as return shipping charges. Payment information, such as a credit card number, and/or a deposit is required prior to service.

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For non Canadian-based customers – Please note that customs declarations should state that an instrument is being sent for repair,  but this does not guarantee that Canada Customs will not levy import taxes and handling fees against the package. Should this happen, these fees will be charged back to the instrument’s owner.