The basic rate for maintenance and repairs is $90 per hour + 13% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax). There is a one-hour minimum charge for each visit, with the total time above one hour rounded up to the nearest half-hour.
A single tuning costs $90 + 13% HST. However, harpsichords that require repeated tuning (because they won't stay at pitch) are billed hourly as regular maintenance jobs, and not at the per-tuning rate. Minor maintenance issues that are detected during a tuning and can be quickly remedied can be absorbed into the cost of a single tuning.
Depending on the client's location, surcharges to cover travel expenses may be levied. Additional charges for supplies may be necessary if a large quantity is used up during the course of the work. I try not to use clients' personal supplies unless their instrument has proprietary parts that cannot be purchased or replicated.
Some jobs are billed by the hour, while others may be charged a flat rate based on an estimate I give upon evaluating the condition of the instrument.
My appraisal fee is $150 plus 13% HST, with an added travel surcharge if the instrument is not nearby.
Payment is due either at the end of my visit, or upon completion of the work and receipt of my invoice. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, Interac e-transfer or credit card as described in greater detail on my invoice.
Any rate or estimate communicated to a prospective client, if agreed to by the client, is considered firm even if it contradicts the figures posted on this page.