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I'm looking for a word that means "a maker of wind instruments". Something to the same effect as a luthier to stringed instruments.

The local __ fixed the trombone as good as new.

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Brass and woodwind are separate categories of instrument. You wouldn't expect there to be a single word for a person with (at least) two distinct sets of skills. –  donothingsuccessfully Aug 11 '12 at 11:51
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Good question. To be honest, I'm not sure if there is a specific word. Bagpipe players avail themselves of the services of a pipemaker; clarinet players go to a clarinet maker, trumpet players to a trumpet maker, and so on.

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I propose ahenoficer for the maker of brass instruments and chalumier (pronounced /ˈʃaly.miɛʁ/ from chalumeau, a 12th Century reed pipe) for the maker of woodwinds.

Those with more expertise in Latin and French might correct me.

EDIT a commentator with the disturbing name of Coleopterist urges to to make it explicit that these words are my own coinage; as far as I know, there is no synonym in current use.

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If you're saying that there's no existing word for "a maker of wind instruments", please add that to your answer :) –  coleopterist Aug 11 '12 at 5:36
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I agree with @coleopterist. I think the O.P. was looking for an existing word, not asking us to make one up. (Neither of these are in any dictionary I checked, including the OED.) "I propose" perhaps suggests these are made up words, but only subtly. –  J.R. Aug 11 '12 at 8:04
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A maker of wind instruments, Casey Burns, calls himself an artisan wind instrument maker.

There are several other sites that discuss these craftspersons, such as the book, The Amateur Wind Instrument Maker

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