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« on: Nov 21, 2012, 06:46AM »

I just wanted you guys to list the most recommended Trombone techs in North America, I think this thread may serve as a great tool for anyone who may be snooping around for a tech to work on their horn.
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 21, 2012, 06:56AM »

This is a moving target.  I keep meeting great techs on this Forum and outside all the time.

Everybody has their favorites.  Fortunately, they are scattered around this country (and Europe) so you should be able to find one within a couple of hours' drive.

My personal favorite (mainly because he's close) is Jim Becker at Osmun Brass.  But he's not the best -- I don't think anybody can be the best just like you can't find the "best trombonist".  Everyone has some aspects where they might be better than some others.
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 21, 2012, 07:10AM »

I don't think anybody can be the best just like you can't find the "best trombonist".  Everyone has some aspects where they might be better than some others.
You have a good point, I changed the name to "most recommended". :)
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 21, 2012, 07:11AM »

It depends on what is being done to the horn too.  For rotor stuff, I almost always use Ted Woehr in Pittsburgh, just as an example. But I've used at least 6 different techs for different things.  
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 21, 2012, 08:46AM »

I've had some repairs made by forum techs (all with fantastic results)...
I'd suggest either of these... (in no certain order)
Eric Edwards
John Sandhegan
Benn Hanson

There are others on here, which are probably just as stellar, these are just the 3 I have had work on horns.

I've heard Bob Hester is amazing, BAC Horn Doctor, Dan Obherloh, Omsum, Brass Lab, Rob Stewart,.... this list could go on, and on...  Don't know

I do have 3 places I will NEVER send another horn to. I won't list them here, but will be glad to answer a PM if you are interested to know.

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« Reply #5 on: Nov 21, 2012, 06:24PM »

Eric Edwards in the Dallas area (he's on the forum) does wonderful work.  I have a Bach bass he built that is an amazingly good horn.

Jim and Cora Patterson (Patterson Horn Works) are horn builders in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  But they also do general brass repair and they do great work as well.
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 21, 2012, 07:36PM »

My Bach 42B had a slide job done by Eric Edwards, wish I lived in the dallas area, so he can be my #1 tech to go to.

Here in southern california, I go to Don Sawday. Both my Bach's have been through his shop, and I can't be more happy with the both the horns.

Would be nice to have a road map of all the techs in the country, their out there. 
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 21, 2012, 10:52PM »

Benn Hanson Issaquah WA
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 23, 2012, 09:28AM »

Here in my end of the world, The ONLY person I will take my horns to is Paul Able at the Able Brass Works. Paul an exceptional repair tech and he`s also a Bass Trombonist so he really knows trombones.
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 24, 2012, 09:20PM »

Dukesbonesman suggested I take a Bach 42B slide to Paul Able that no one in town could get to work smoothly.  Paul spent roughly 15 minutes on it while I waited and it is like glass. All my horns have gone to Paul for him to look over and I will not taken them anywhere else.
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 25, 2012, 04:09AM »

Let me put in a good word for Andy Frobig of Frobig Wind Repair in Manhattan.  I've had him do a couple of slide adjustments on both dual and single bore basses and have been extremely pleased with the results. He's fast, thorough and nice to talk to as well.
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 25, 2012, 02:04PM »

Here in SoCal my slit is as follows...

In no particular order.

John Sandhagen
Bruce Belo
Rob Stewart
Don Sawday

John does most of my work. Bruce is one of three people who have and maybe ever will touch my slide (the others being John Sandhagen and late great Larry Minick). Only downside to Rob is how long he can take to get to your stuff. Rob does however IMNSHO do the best lacquer jobs out there.

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« Reply #12 on: Nov 25, 2012, 02:56PM »

 Do you need a tech in Central Florida? I hear Claude Kashnig is the man
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 26, 2012, 02:04PM »

Do you need a tech in Central Florida? I hear Claude Kashnig is the man
I have sent my horn to him before he's awesome :D
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 26, 2012, 11:03PM »

I've sent some pretzels to the Slide Doctor (John Upchurch) and he's straightened them out wonderfully.

I would certainly recommend him.

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« Reply #15 on: Nov 27, 2012, 12:22AM »

For slide work in this part of the world? John Sandhagen or Bruce Belo. Of course, they do great general repairs, too.

One exception: No disrespect to John and Bruce, but if I needed a full-on, historically accurate restoration, it'd go to Robb Stewart. It's his specialty, and he's really good at it.

There are other techs in the area that I've heard good things about (Brad Close, for example), but I'm not personally familiar with the work, so I won't comment on it.
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 27, 2012, 02:52AM »

Best trombone guy in my part of the world is Ron Partch in Toronto. Fixed a couple of disasters for me!
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 27, 2012, 08:58AM »

A second vote for Ron Partch in Toronto. The guy is a repair god! And one of the nicest people you will ever meet!
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 27, 2012, 09:08AM »

Does anybody have any recommendations for the Raleigh, North Carolina area?
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« Reply #19 on: Nov 27, 2012, 10:09AM »

In Connecticut, I recommend Bill Korzick in North Haven.
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