For what they do I think the pay should be more.
I am talking about techs that know what they are doing and can repair all band instruments. I am not talking about Hank the handy man who can do odd jobs and also try to fix band instruments.
If there is a music store that sells band instruments they should also be able to fix everything they sell from Piccolo to Tuba. I am talking about a tech that can do that.
Not talking about repairing saxes , but all the instruments.
Customers go to a repair shop with a instrument that does not work and they don't know why. The tech has to find the problem and know how to fix it, That is a lot to know. I have learned how to do that over the last 50 years.
I also can test play all the instruments
I think pay should be for what they know how to do, not how much time is spent on the repair.
Of course the customer does not want to pay much.
If you take a power tool,toaster,radio,CD player T V,motor,blender and things like that in to be repaired there is a bench charge just to find the problem. And you don't get that charge back if you have it fixed or not. I have never had a bench charge ever.
Just think ,every time a instrument comes in if I charge 75 dollars just to look at it.Figure 20 instruments a week ,that is about 6000 dollars a month. It is standard for above items but not for horns.
A horn comes in because it does not play and I just hook a spring back and takes me ten seconds ,how much should I charge. If I charge anything the customer would attack me. I fixed the horn because of my many years of experience and I knew what to look for and how to fix it.
Some customers think that if you are doing a school horn it should be done cheap or no charges at all because it is for school.
With some of the home repairs I have seen and the bad repairs that other shops do I would think the professional repair tech should be well rewarded for good work.
Don't get me wrong I charge pretty good for my work and I am at a stage in my life that if I loose some work because of what I charge that is O K. I have all the work that I want. I am 70 and cutting back a little.
I think as a whole good techs are not paid what they should when you take into account the skill involved in fixing instruments.
That is just the nature of the business.