We have complete confidence in our brands. As well as your consumer guarantee*, all our instruments come with a Manufacturer's Warranty against defects such as in parts, assembly, materials and construction.
- The warranty period of an instrument will be stated on your tax invoice and varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. If there are any problems relating to the manufacture of the instrument during the warranty period we will address the issue as soon as reasonably possible. For non-instrument items the warranty is per the supplier.
- Please report the problem to us within 1 week of its discovery, so that we can have it rectified as soon as possible.
- In the case of wooden instruments, the wood is covered by warranty, and the time limit varies according to the manufacturer's specifications. Cracks that occur after this period are not covered under warranty.
- The rectification of the extremely common problem of swollen tenons due to humidity is covered under warranty.
- Instrument cases supplied with instruments may have a different warranty period to the instrument. Most cases have a warranty period of one year
What happens if there is an issue that could come under warranty?
- Simply return the instrument or product to us for assessment. If you are not in Sydney we recommend insured registered post or similar to ensure the instrument is returned safely. Sax & Woodwind...and Brass accepts no responsibility for loss or damage during transit to us.
- Our technicians will assess the problem in consultation with the manufacturer if required.
- On rare occasions the instrument or product may need to be forwarded to the manufacturer for further assessment, repair or replacement.
- If the issue is deemed to be covered under warranty, we will contact you with a plan to rectify the problem.
- You must keep your invoice! Most manufacturers require the original proof of purchase. If you have purchased the item under your account name we will be able to provide a copy.
What is NOT covered under warranty?
Some issues are not covered under warranty. Our technicians have a great deal of experience with musical instruments and are usually able to determine if the problem is due to non-manufacturing issues, for example:
- Mechanical wear and tear (rectified by a service, for which there is a fee)
- Lacquer wear or tarnishing due to differences in skin acidity
- Alterations or any kind, or removal/changing of identification numbers and serial numbers
- Damage resulting from misuse, negligence, accidents, or lack of reasonable maintenance
- Lacquer or plating of an instrument is not normally covered by the manufacturer's warranty. This is due to the fact that skin pH varies from person to person and this can have an affect on the finish that is not within the manufacturer's control.
- Loss or theft is not covered under warranty
It's fine to get your instrument serviced elsewhere, this does not void the warranty unless changes or alterations are made to the instrument other than standard servicing/repairs.
Please note: products that are on-sold or re-supplied are not covered warranty. Please see the NSW Department of Fair Trading website for more information.
Here are some manufacturer's warranty periods:
Bach 5 years
Jupiter 5 years
Yamaha 3 years upgradable to 5
Pearl 5 years
Yanagisawa 2 years
Selmer Paris 2 years
Buffet Crampon 2 years
Stomvi 2 years
Carol Brass 2 years
Hans Hoyer 2 years
Alexander 1 year
Paxman 1 year
Wolf 1 year
Schreiber 2 years
Cub 2 years
Cambridge 2 years
Marigaux 1 year
Keilwerth 2 years
Uebel 2 years
A consumer guarantee is an automatic right given to consumers buying a product or service. By exchanging money for the product/service, consumers are entitled to a product/service that is safe and without fault, that looks acceptable and performs as expected. If the product/service does not, consumers have a right to a repair, replacement or refund.
Consumer guarantees do not apply if you:
- misused a product in any way that caused the problem
- got what you asked for but changed your mind or saw it cheaper elsewhere
- knew of or were made aware of the faults before you bought the product
- plan to on-sell or change the product so that you can re-supply it as a business.