Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

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Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, musical instrument repairers and tuners:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They talk to customers to learn what is wrong with their instrument, but work alone most of the time.
  • Communicate with others by telephone, e-mail, and in person.
  • May work as part of a team, especially if working in a retail environment.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Nearly always work indoors.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
  • Are occasionally exposed to hazardous equipment.
  • Sometimes must hear loud sounds and distracting noise levels, such as when operating power tools or tuning instruments.
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  • May on rare occasions wear protective attire such as gloves and eyewear. This is more likely when using toxic solutions to clean instruments.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Lack of attention while using tools could damage instruments.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
  • Make most of their decisions and set daily tasks and goals independently.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work a standard 40-hour week. Schedules are typically fairly regular.
  • May spend hours each day driving to appointments, especially piano and organ repairers.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.