We have been repairing woodwind and brass instruments for 30 years. Our shop, located in Lake Worth, Florida, repairs and refurbishes instruments for customers from across the United States and beyond. Our services include everything from playing condition repairs, instrument cleanings, and damaged instruments to complete mechanical overhauls. The work is done correctly, at a fair price.
Hello, I wanted to thank you for your clear explanation and quick repair to my daughter’s Stomvi trumpet. We are back home now, and till now, she is quite happy with the instrument and following your instructions.
The flute plays great. Thank you again.
Thank you so much, you’ve made buying my first clarinet a smooth and easy experience
Thank you! The work you did on the saxophone is excellent. My 12 year old daughter (currently plays clarinet) played it when she came home and fell in love with the sound and feel of the instrument. She will be adding the saxophone to her musical training. I will recommend your shop to our musical friends. Thank you again. You have been very helpful, and an excellent job on the horn.
Scott has done work for me and also my friends, and I highly recommend him to anybody looking to get a fantastic job done on their saxophone. He can do anything and he does everything well. Two thumbs up!
I just wanted to let you know that I am in the midst of playing on the clarinets and (they) are great! Everything feels and sounds so much better. Thank you so much for all of your help. I really appreciate it!
I received the Dukoff last week…really sounds great on the low register – big grin. Also tames the tendency of the high G to squeak a D. Thanks for your help.
Hi Scott. Just want to let you know I love the mouthpieces. They play very well. Thanks for the work you did on them!!
It is playing great down to the low C. Thanks again.
I’m very pleased with my recent Conn roller purchase from you. Thank you!
Hi Scott, really nice job on the Dukoff. Plays well. It sounds very full and centered, especially in the low register. Thanks again.
I received the mouthpiece on Friday. Excellent job. Thanks for removing the casting bump.
Happy to refer friends to you…your work is excellent!
As expected, your answer is above and beyond! Thanks so much! Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge.
The bari is playing great. The octave key fix seems to be working fine so having them open and close together seems like the right behavior. The lower register is much better now.
Scott – the mouthpiece is very much improved…it’s now playing great. Much thanks!
Hi Scott, I received the mpc today. Great job! Thanks a lot. I’ll let you know next time I may need a repair again. 🙂
Outstanding work. Horn plays effortlessly top to bottom. Lower stack really improved. Bravo bravo. I’m exceedingly happy with my horn.
Wanted to thank you for the work done on my Tosca clarinet yesterday. Works much better!
By the way, the Meyer you refaced for me is fantastic. I had two Meyers, a Phil-Tone and the one you refaced. I sold the Phil-Tone Meyer.
Wow! That was fast.
Well, I’ve had my horn for almost a week now, and I just want to say thank you for the excellent work! I have played it every day and it just gets better and better. The overhaul has made the bottom end play like a completely different horn. I’ve been experimenting with playing ballads in the lower register, such as starting Body and Soul on low C instead of middle C, which brings out some of the tenor-like qualities of the horn. And, since it’s so easy to play down low now, and I don’t have to overcompensate for some of the old stuffiness with a softer reed, I have also been experimenting with slightly harder reeds which give me a fuller sound all over the horn. The action is snappy, the microtuner works great – everything is superb! The overhaul has really brought this great vintage horn back to its full potential. And, thank you for the fast turnaround time and excellent communication. I am so happy that I brought this horn to you. I have always been more of a bari and tenor player, but now that my Conn alto is playing so great, I think I am going to be spending a LOT more time with it. My in-laws live down here, so we’ll be visiting regularly, including again in December. Whenever I need adjustments or a tune-up, I will definitely and strongly consider bringing the horn down with me so I can bring it back to you for excellent work. Many thanks!!!
I’m delighted with the repair and the service…I can’t recommend you highly enough.
Got the mouthpiece yesterday, and it looks great…much better fit and feel with the new bite plate in place.
Great reface on the Ridenour! Nice easy playing dark sound, and a perfect fit for the Legere.
I just received it and it plays like a dream! I honestly have more control over my tone color than I ever have. Thank you so much.
It’s amazing! Plays wonderfully! Thank you for your great work!
Scott, thanks again. You saved my a**
It’s like a completely different sax!! Thank you for doing such an awesome job!
Great job on my alto – it looks and plays fantastic. Thanks.
Hi Scott. Just played the Ridenour. Extremely good fix! I get about a 7 cent correction of those previous flat crappy notes, with the high register in the pocket. Makes this clarinet very playable now. Thank you.
Just wanted to say THANK YOU! Impeccable work…it plays great.
I just wanted to thank you for repairing my daughters alto sax. She told me that it sounded “amazing”!!
Horn feels great!!!! You’re the man, Scott…
Sax plays great, thanx.
Just wanted to let you know that my son said the instrument is AMAZING! Thank you so much. You are a life saver!
In all my years, I never felt as comfortable with anyone working on my original tenor as with you. Thank you for your professionalism. I recognize it.
The custom key installation looks fantastic!
Thanks again for the great job!
I tried the tenor last night at a rehearsal and it’s working beautifully, thanks.
Hello; I just wanted to let you know the corks arrived yesterday – PERFECT FIT. Thank you!
Plays great!! Thanks again.
Great job – thanks!
Great job on the Cannonball setup – plays the best it ever has!
Thanks again for wonderful work.
My flute and tenor play great, thanks again.
I got my R-13 adjusted by @sfloridahorns and it plays beautifully once again. Scott Ankrom is GREAT.
Very smooth rounded sound with this new facing! Thanks!
Scott, just wanted to say the tenor sounded great last night – the best ever. It sounds like a new horn and the action and tuning are great. Thanks a lot!
Scott, very much appreciate the great work. LH C key works smoothly, no wobble in the barrel, and all joints are snug. It was delightful to work with you.
Scott worked his magic on my alto and tenor. They play like new again.
My bassoon sounds and “feels” wonderful. There’s a smoothness to the action that I haven’t had in years, and could never have accomplished myself. And notes that were a little challenging to properly sound are coming out much more evenly.
Just wanted to attest it was a great pleasure doing business with Scott. This piece came out exactly how I envisioned it (a thin band preserving the Great Neck markings). The repair looks solid and it’s been holding up just fine. It’s very comforting knowing the band is there to protect cracks from further developing, as I push it in and pull it out from the neck cork.
Scott, what a tremendous difference! Horn playing great!!!
Thanks for the emergency treatment…alto is playing great.
I received the horn last night, played it some then and quite a bit today. It’s playing great! I’m glad we went ahead with the work on this baby. Makes playing the big horn fun again.
Plays great! Worth the wait.A few leaps down that used to give me trouble seem more reliable, bell tones more solid, D above the break has improved timbre, and intonation of say B3 is less sharp. Quick try of overtone seemed easy. Mech feels very crisp and responsive.Overall sounds killer.Thanks!
Looks amazing, dude, nice work!
Scott, my tenor has never sounded better. Thanks so much. Cheers…
The contra arrived yesterday. I finally got to sit down and take it for a test play around 10 last night. Nice work! Not only is this instrument now a thing of beauty, it plays great. The mechanisms are right and tight AND quiet. Quite an accomplishment for some of those complicated ones. The hand polished satin silver finish with the gold wash bell reminds me of a vintage saxophone! And the quiet thump thump of the roo pads is quite satisfying to feel and listen to. And the seismic quality of notes in the lowest register? Well that’s the best part! I’ve had it back in my studio since Wednesday and have had hours of fun! Thanks for working with me and for the outstanding packing job. It appears to have made it it through the USPS gauntlet no worse for the wear.
I am thrilled at the improvement in how my clarinet plays! The throat tones are so much more clear and resonant as well as much more in tune. This problem crept up on me over years, and what you did made a dramatic improvement.
What a joy to play with no hitches or slop in the mech, crisp and quiet. All registers and leaps between well-behaved and in control.. It feels and sounds really good! Front hi-F touch is especially slick—perfect! I feel very lucky you are just up the road and will work on my horns (despite my “checklists”)—you have the perfect touch.
I’ve been playing the horn and you did a great job on it. Thanks for getting it to me so quickly…. I really appreciate it.
The horn plays great once again! Thank you!
My sax feels great! Thank you.
Thanks again for working on the horn. I am VERY pleased. I was seriously considering figuring out how to get a 62 if the fix didn’t work, but I love my horn even more now. I really appreciate your work.
Once again, a job well done! I just spent 2 hours playing my clarinet and it’s playing like a charm!
Horn does play real nice, and wow such beautiful work the horn looks great.
Just gotta say, he has done a really top-notch job on a pair of challenging repairs/alts which my usual go-to guys couldn’t quite pull off. First was adding a Front F key to an Italian curvy soprano (he did it by altering a clarinet key) and NOT make it look like an after-factory alt, and the second was doing a really, really NICE repair on a twisted and dented up upper Baritone crook which most techs would have given up to the ghost. These were not run-of-the mill things. It takes someone with real craft and skill to have successfully pulled these off. I just think he deserved some Kudos here.
Thank you for standing behind your quality work.
I just wanted to thank you for your efforts to get my flute overhauled and back to me as soon as you could. The flute looks beautiful! Thank you! Great job! My love and gratitude…
The horn is fantastic! Thank you so much for reviving this iconic piece of music history for me. The tone is far better than I had dreamed and she looks amazing! Job well done.
Just played the Martin Freres Cl. The brothers would give you 2 thumbs up! The crescent fixes up the D, and it plays great now, with my slightly off-color Grabner mp. Thanks again!
Just wanted to let you know, my son is ECSTATIC with his sax! He will be a senior in high school this year and plans on marching in college as well. He said this is the best sax he has had and is so proud of it. We were on a really tight budget to find him an instrument since his father & I both lost our jobs last year, and ya’ll really came through with a great price and a quality instrument. All I can say is THANK YOU!!
The tenor overhaul was fantastic and the instrument is playing better than ever since I bought it in NY back in 1997. Thank you very much for the detailed work.
Thanks so much for a wonderful fix! The horn plays its a** off with a beautiful sound.
Hi Scott. Real happy with the work you did on my old Couesnon alto. Low notes are very easy to play now, and the whole horn is much improved. Thanks!
Absolutely a homerun grand slam touchdown. I can play pianissimo! Sop plays effortlessly. Thank you.
I will never send a horn to anybody but you…
Wanted to let you know our daughter said “Mom – he made the flutes so shiny and beautiful! Thank you for taking them to him.” I thought you deserved to hear that. Thank you very much and am I sure we will see you in the future.
Horns are great! Thanks, Scott!
I want to thank you again for the work you did on the horn. It feels great. I am very thankful that I was able to find you and rest assured that I will tell as many people as possible about your outstanding work.
Got the clarinet home and out of the case and it is playing great!
Wanted to give the soprano enough time for us to get used to each other after you wrestling it into shape and pronouncing it gig ready. Took me some time to learn what mpc, mpc placement, reed brand & strength work best for me. But after 6 weeks I am pleased to let you know my little curved Borgani IS UNBELIEVABLE! It sings in the high registers smack in tune now and can be silky smooth or rough, loud or soft. Same in the lower register, can bark, growl and cry when asked. It now sounds the way I hoped a Curved Jubilee would sound & I couldn’t be happier. When I play it, it just asks for a 10MFan Virtuoso mpc and a Hemke 2.5 placed just in the right spot. Thank you for the expertise, time and effort (and elbow grease!) necessary to get it in such fine shape. You are the best.
Just wanted to let you cats know that if you’re ever down here or are already living here Scott Ankrom of “South Florida Horns” is the man for repairs (no I don’t get a discount for this…lol…). His attention to detail, quick turn around and honesty are refreshing. I’ve been to a couple of guys down here before and they were all capable but could never connect as they were too busy rushing the job and/or not very honest in their assessment. This cat will tell you the pro’s and con’s to your suggestions and help you understand the consequences to both. I just went in yesterday and again left completely satisfied.
I’m glad I picked your company to do the repair on my sax. You are prompt and communicate clearly. I’ll be sure to recommend you if anyone asks me for a good repair shop.
Brilliant overhaul done by Scott Ankrom of South Florida Horns. He completely cleaned up/rebuilt my baby and I couldn’t be any happier! Just played a set and couldn’t put the tenor down. Thank you for an exceptional, fast job!!
Wanted to tell you how much I’m enjoying the old Keilwerth that you brought back to life! It’s a lot of fun to play.
Scott, I received the flute last night and it is playing great! Thank you so much for the entire transaction.
Hi Scott, the tenor is playin’ like a new horn – easy low Bb. Thanks.
It’s taken me a few nights of playing to realize just how well my horn is playing. Amazing. Thank you very much.
A special thank you to Scott Ankrom, owner of South Florida Horns. Scott did a complete mechanical restoration of my Selmer Paris Radio Improved tenor. I couldn’t be more pleased as my horn now plays magnificently from top to bottom. Dents, dings, rollers, posts, rods, pads, felts, springs…whew I gave him a basket case! I highly recommend South Florida Horns! Scott did a complete mechanical overhaul of my vintage Selmer tenor. I am astounded by his great attention to detail and outstanding craftsmanship. He is such an asset as possesses a wealth of knowledge. Soprano next! Your work is the best I’ve had. (Chafin, Music Center, Sam Ash, and 3 personal techs)
Have spent two days with alto Ref54 FLSTD now and plays fantastically! Such a pleasure. Motorboating is gone, subtone easy, overtones and altissimo easy. Miraculously in tune in trouble spots. Resistance is balanced and key feel is light and uniform. Sounds like the alto Masters I want to sound like. Well worth 10hrs of driving to have your touch on the horn. THANKS!
Thanks for doing such a great job on my tenor! I almost forgot how great a horn it is!
..it needs some TLC and you’re the only person I trust…
Our founder and senior tech, Scott Ankrom, has been repairing instruments since 1993 and holds a Professional Membership in NAPBIRT. For 30 years he performed music professionally on multiple woodwind and brass instruments, so your instruments are always checked by someone who actually knows how to play the instruments we repair. When you pick up your instrument, we are able and willing to perform a play-test/demonstration.
We have the tools, equipment, skills, and experience to fix your instrument right the first time. We offer free written estimates and stand behind our work.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.