Career outlook for musical instrument maker or repairer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would make new musical instruments or repair ones that have been damaged so people can use them to make music.
You would usually specialise in one type, or family, of instrument, such as:
- String instruments including violins and guitars
- Brass instruments such as trumpets
- Work with a variety of materials including wood, metal, plastic and fibreglass, depending on the instrument
- Use traditional hand tools for working with wood or metal
- Use plastic, fibreglass and electronic parts for modern instruments like electric guitars and keyboards
- Build new instruments
- Repair or renovate damaged or worn instruments
- Replace damaged parts
- Tune instruments to make sure they produce high-quality sound
- Use finishing techniques such as polishing and varnishing
You could specialise in restoring or producing period instruments.
If you are self-employed, you would also be involved in promoting and selling your work and in running your business.
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