Details Report for:
49-9063.00 - Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.
Sample of reported job titles: Banjo Repair Person, Brass Instrument Repair Technician, Fretted String Instrument Repairer, Guitar Repairer, Instrument Repair Technician, Luthier, Mandolin Repair Person, Piano Technician, Piano Tuner, Stringed Instrument Repairer
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings
Tools used in this occupation:
- Air hoses
- Alcohol lamp — Alcohol lamps
- Alignment jig — Alignment jigs; Key button jigs; Neck jigs
- Allen wrench — Allen wrenches
- Angle gauge — Flute gauges; Hammer angle gauges
- Anvils — Bench anvils
- Applicator brushes — Glue brushes
- Artist knives — Felt cutting knives
- Audio mixing consoles — Looping machines
- Automatic lathe or chucking machine — Bench lathes
- Awls — Pointed awls
- Belt sander — Belt sanders
- Bench grinder — Bench grinders
- Blow pipe — Blowpipes
- Blow torch — Blow torches; Butane heaters; Pencil torches
- Boring tool — Bore tools
- Burnisher — Burnishing rings; Flute body mandrels; Hand burnishers; Scraper burnishers (see all 5 examples)
- C clamps — Adjustable C clamps; Deep throat C clamps
- Cable bender — Bending irons; Damper spoon benders
- Calibration weights or weight sets — Gram weights
- Calipers — Dial calipers
- Center punch — Center pin punches
- Chamfering machine — Chamfer tools
- Cleaning brushes — Bench brushes; Bore cleaning brushes; Brass mouthpiece brushes; Valve brushes
- Cold chisels
- Compressed air gun — Air dusting guns
- Conduit benders — Heat staking tools
- Countersink tool or counterbore tool — Countersinks
- Curved nose pliers
- Depth gauges — Fret slot depth gauges
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutters
- Die stocks
- Dip tanks — Chemical dip tanks
- Disc sander — Disc sanders
- Drill gauge — Drill gauges; Wire drill gauges
- Drilling machines — Drill presses
- Electronic instrument tuner — Digital tuners; Electronic tuners
- End cut pliers — End cut nippers
- Extending clamp — Cam clamps
- Feeler gauges
- Flaring tool — Tubing shrinkers
- Flat nose pliers — Duck bill pliers; Jaw pliers; Long flat nose pliers
- Fluorescent lamps — Leak lights
- Gas burners — Bunsen burners
- Gas compressors — Sprayer compressors
- General purpose motor AC — Bench motors
- Glue guns
- Guide jig — Post drilling jigs
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hammers — Dent hammers
- Hand clamps — Feeler gauge holders; Pin vises; Soldering clamps
- Hand or push drill — Hammer head borers; Hand drills
- Hand reamer — Barrel reamers; Broaches; Pin hole reamers; Socket reamers (see all 7 examples)
- Hand sander — Fret dressing sticks
- Hand sprayers — Precision spray guns
- Heat guns
- Heating or drying equipment or accessories — Pad cup heaters
- Height gauges — Height measurement gauges; Key dip blocks; String height gauges; Top deflection gauges (see all 6 examples)
- Hex keys — Ball-end hex keys; Bracket hex wrenches; Hex drivers
- Hold down clamps — Violin clamps
- Hole saws — Tone hole cutters
- Hook wrenches — Damper rod hooks
- Humidifiers — Guitar humidifiers
- Humidity sensor — Digital humidity gauges
- Incandescent lamps
- Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors; Valve mirrors
- Ironing machines or presses — Flute pad irons
- Jacks — Grand piano jacks; Scissor jacks
- Knife file — Nut files
- Laboratory forceps — Alligator forceps; Curved nose forceps
- Laboratory heaters — Glue pots
- Laboratory spoon — Wax spoons
- Lapping machine — Valve lapping machines
- Levels — Clarinet pad leveling tools; Fingerboard levelers; Piano leveling devices; Sharp leveling and key-dip devices (see all 5 examples)
- Lighters — Spark lighters
- Locking pliers — Vise grip pliers
- Magnetic tools — Pencil magnets; Telescoping magnetic pickup tools
- Magnetizer demagnetizer devices — Magnetizers
- Manual wire straighteners — Hart spring tools
- Metal cutters — Spring cutters
- Needle file — Needle files
- Needlenose pliers — Chain nose pliers
- Nut drivers
- Oil lubricator — Bench oilers; Oilers; Precision oilers
- Packing hooks — String hooks
- Planes — Hand planers; Hand planes
- Positioning jig — Saddle locating jigs; Soldering jigs
- Power buffers — Buffing machines
- Power drills
- Power routers — Routers
- Power sanders
- Power saws — Portable band saws
- Precision file — Fret end dressing files; Fret files; Razor files
- Pressure indicators — Mag machines
- Protractors — Hammer angle protractors
- Pry bars — Punching lifters; String lifters
- Pullers — Agraffe removers; Piano stringing hooks
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Arch punches; Punches; Spring punches; Tuning pin bushing punches (see all 5 examples)
- Radius gauge — Radius gauges; Understring radius gauges
- Rotary paper or fabric cutter — Felt cutters
- Round file — Rat tail files
- Rulers — Regulating gauges; String action gauges; String spacing rules
- Sand blasting machine — Sand blasters
- Sash clamp — Fingerboard band clamps
- Saw blades — Screw slotters
- Saws — Adjustable fret slotting saws; Bridge pin hole slotting saws; Refret saws; Rip saws (see all 8 examples)
- Screw clamps — Edging clamps; Soundhole clamps; Spool clamps
- Screw extractors
- Screwdrivers — Flange screwdrivers; Grand screwdrivers; Regulating screwdrivers; Slotted screwdrivers
- Scribers — Magnetic scribers
- Shears — Curved nose scissors
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Spacers or standoffs — Hammer butt spacers; Piano key spacers
- Specialty wrenches — Action regulators; Bushing inserters; Pocket truss rod wrenches; Tuning wrenches (see all 17 examples)
- Spray gun — Automated sprayers
- Straight edges — Fret rockers
- Surface thermometers
- T handle tap wrenches — Tap wrenches
- Telescoping gauge — Telescoping gauges
- Tenoner or tenoning machine — Tenon expanders
- Tension testers — Gram tension gauges
- Thickness measuring devices — Screw gauges; Tuning pin gauges
- Thread counters or gauges — Screw pitch thread gauges
- Threading dies — Thread cutting tools
- Tinners snips
- Tongs — Soldering clips
- Torque wrenches
- Torx keys — Torx drivers
- Tube bending machine — Dent machines
- Tuning bars — Tuning hammers; Tuning levers
- Tuning forks
- Tuning pins — Piano tuning pin cranks; Piano tuning pin extractors; Tuning pin setters
- Tweezers — Cross lock tweezers
- Utility knives — Purfling cutters; Seam separation knives
- Web clamp — Band clamps
- Welding or soldering kit — Heat control units
- Wire brushes — File cleaners
- Wire cutters
- Wire gauge — Music wire gauges
- Wire wrapping tool — Coil makers
- Wood chisels
- Work benches — Bench blocks
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Katsura Shareware KS Strobe Tuner; Katsura Shareware ProLevel; Tunic OnlyPure; Veritune Verituner (see all 8 examples)
- Paint surfaces or equipment.
- Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
- Align equipment or machinery.
- Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
- Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
- Operate welding equipment.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
- Adjust tuning or functioning of musical instruments.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Assemble mechanical components or machine parts.
- Solder parts or connections between parts.
- Smooth surfaces of objects or equipment.
- Travel to work sites to perform installation, repair or maintenance work.
- Remove dents from equipment, materials, tools or structures.
- Prepare compounds or solutions to be used for repairs.
- Remove parts or components from equipment.
- Refinish wood or metal surfaces.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|36||High school diploma or equivalent|
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Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$17.14 hourly, $35,660 annual|
|Employment (2014)||9,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Slower than average (2% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||1,900|
|Top industries (2014)||
Retail Trade (62% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.