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ttapscott
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Posted: June.02.05 at 7:36pm | IP Logged Quote ttapscott

Does anyone have any repair inspection/estimate forms I could obtain? A local school has asked me to go through their inventory & provide written estimates of repairs needed.

Seems there were some in the old Tiede repair book, but my copy has long since vanished!
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Posted: June.02.05 at 7:41pm | IP Logged Quote FredBattershell

If you have not done this before with your school system, be careful as they might just want you to inventory all of their instruments to save them the work of having to do it themselves. Good luck though!
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Posted: December.17.05 at 6:53pm | IP Logged Quote JoePiccolo

do you have microsoft word??

Click on file..then new...then template...then you can use whats there...or you can download any number of forms.

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Posted: December.18.05 at 7:57am | IP Logged Quote admin

Inspection sheets: The Erick Brand repair manual from Ferree's has some good illustrations of the woodwinds. Make copies and use one for each instrument. For brass, you can buy (cheaply) various sized illustrations of instruments and print them out at IstockPhoto.com.

Estimate form: How are you creating your invoices? Are you using a computer program? Most decent accounting programs will allow you to create an estimate that you can later turn into an invoice with a click or two. Watch the Staples and Office Max fliers for Peach Tree...you can get it for free with the rebates sometimes. Quickbooks Pro is more user friendly but will cost.

Good luck,
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Posted: January.04.06 at 9:43am | IP Logged Quote davidlaws

Hello Tom--
I am a retired tech who still dabbles in repair now and again. Years ago I was working on some estimate forms and never got them done. I retired due to disablement, and dealing with that kept me busy for quite some time. Once I got through that I started training for my new career, and I just never got back to working on them. If you haven't found anything you're pleased with, let me know and I'll see if I can dig up the forms I had and send them to you.
I had them organized by instrument; i.e., a different form for flute, clarinet, etc., but there was some consolidation: double reeds, valved instruments, and so on.
Let me know.

David
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Posted: January.18.06 at 8:14am | IP Logged Quote kenfen

I happen to have the Tiede book still in good condition. If you'll send me your snail mail address I'll make a copy of each and mail them to you.
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ttapscott wrote:
Does anyone have any repair inspection/estimate forms I could obtain? A
local school has asked me to go through their inventory & provide
written estimates of repairs needed.


We don't do this anymore, and unless we get really hungry for work (hah!) we won't ever do it again.

The last time a school wanted us to come out and "give an estimate" they actually wanted us to BID on the repairs against our friends, the other technicians in the area. We all looked at each other and left without giving them a bid. We explained that we don't bid on repair work.

When we pick up the horns, sometimes we list a sheet with the instrument, serial #, model, very generic work needed, and an estimate on the right. We just work up a sheet on an excel file. But on the bottom of every sheet is a statement that says "Estimate Only. All instruments that leave our shop are going to be put in good playing condition as a first priority, even if the price is more than the estimate."

We do that because, as you may have gathered, the quality of the repairs that leave our shop must be very good. We don't want to neglect any work that the instrument needs just because we didn't see it when we picked it up. If that were to happen, a director would think that our quality wasn't where it should be, and we can't have that!
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