Cindy Budd at workbench

I continually strive to achieve the very best in instrument repair.  I am committed to learning new processes and methods.  The repair of musical instruments requires the use of many skills.  You have to be a carpenter, jeweler, machinist, toolmaker, thinker, and most of all a great listener.  Musical instruments have different types of problems and therefore demand different solutions.  If you have any questions concerning repairs to your instrument, please feel free to contact me.

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Education and Experience


    • Experienced in all woodwind and brasswind instruments since 1996 with specialization in double reed repairs including oboe, English horn, and bassoon.
    • Graduated 1996 with honors from Red Wing Technicial College in Band Instrument Repair.
    • Received further training on double reed instruments at the Lorée factory in France and the Fox factory in Indiana.
    • Studied with Arno Marriotti of the Detroit Symphony for eight years.
    • Contributing member of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS).
    • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Band Instrument Repair program at Southeast Technicial College (formerly Red Wing Technical College).
    • Professional member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT).
    • Clinician for regional and national NAPBIRT clinics and conferences.
    • Active oboist in large and small ensembles in the Twin Cities.


  • Kathryn Greenbank

    "Cindy Budd has been repairing my oboes since 2002.  Her work is excellent and she is a treasure to have so near by.  I would recommend her work to everyone."

    Kathryn Greenbank

    Principal Oboe

    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

  • Tim Paradise

    "I have been so fortunate to be able to depend on Cindy Budd for all of the repairs my clarinets have needed over the last several years.  She is a craftsperson of the highest order.  She is intelligent and diligent, and has a real talent for solving mechanical problems.  I would recommend her work to any woodwind player of any major orchestra in the country."

    Tim Paradise

    Retired Principal Clarinet

    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

  • Julie Gramolini Williams

    "I have brought my oboes and English horn to Cindy for several years and I know I can always trust her to properly diagnose and fix any problems that arise.  She is a pleasure to work with and I always walk away happy with how my instruments play.  I highly recommend Cindy to oboists of every level."

    Julie Gramolini Williams


    Minnesota Orchestra

  • John Snow

    "I have gone to Cindy Budd for all of my cleaning and repair work since I came to town in 2000.  Cindy is highly skilled, experienced, and thorough with her work and I always walk away with complete satisfaction.  Her work is beautiful and her crack work is some of the finest I have ever seen." 

    John Snow

    Associate Principal Oboe

    Minnesota Orchestra


Professional Member

National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians

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Contributing Member

International Double Reed Society


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Hopkins Westwind Concert Band




Band Instrument Repair Program

Cindy Budd

Providing Professional Woodwind Repair

7925 West 25th Street

Saint Louis Park, MN 55426


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