Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

 
Advanced search

1083531 Posts in 71817 Topics- by 19121 Members - Latest Member: ohheckingheck
Jump to:  
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 8 [All]   Go Down
Print
Author Topic: The most recommended trombone techs  (Read 45721 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Jvera95

*
Offline Offline

Location: Central Florida
Joined: Aug 22, 2011
Posts: 155
"Passion + Hard Work = Excellence"


View Profile
« 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.
Logged
BGuttman
Mad Chemist

*
*
Offline Offline

Location: Londonderry, NH, USA
Joined: Dec 12, 2000
Posts: 50989
"Almost Professional"


View Profile
« 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.
Logged

Bruce Guttman
Solo Trombone, Hollis Town Band
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orch. President 2017-2018
Jvera95

*
Offline Offline

Location: Central Florida
Joined: Aug 22, 2011
Posts: 155
"Passion + Hard Work = Excellence"


View Profile
« 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". :)
Logged
Matt K

*
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: May 6, 2010
Posts: 7086

View Profile
« 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.  
Logged

What's in a name? that which we call a tenor-bass posaune
By any other name would smell as sweet;
tsmart

*
Offline Offline

Location: Lenoir, NC
Joined: Apr 9, 2009
Posts: 3985
"M R ducks. M R not ducks. O S A R !"


View Profile
« 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.

T.
Logged

the fellowship  of  the slide

Μολὼν λάβε
Dennis Clason

*
Offline Offline

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Joined: Jul 29, 2012
Posts: 503

View Profile
« 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.
Logged

--
If it sounds good, it is good -- Duke Ellington
Once more, once -- Count Basie
furry

*
Offline Offline

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 567

View Profile
« 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. 
Logged
ronkny

*
*
Offline Offline

Location: wa
Joined: Sep 30, 2007
Posts: 11342

View Profile
« Reply #7 on: Nov 21, 2012, 10:52PM »

Benn Hanson Issaquah WA
Logged

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Ronald Reagan
Dukesboneman

*
Offline Offline

Location: Sarasota, Fl
Joined: Nov 24, 2003
Posts: 1435

View Profile
« 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.
Logged

“Where words leave off, music begins.”
― Heinrich Heine
Scar
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Jan 1, 2012
Posts: 2

View Profile
« 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.
Logged
jmtheob
Keeping it somewhat real
*
Offline Offline

Location: Asheville, NC
Joined: Nov 10, 2009
Posts: 812
"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my e"


View Profile WWW
« 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.
Logged

Jim Theobald
Olds P-24G/DE LB113J8
King 2104 Silver
Blessing B88/DE LB113G8
operasingintrombonist

*
Offline Offline

Location: Huntington Beach, CA USA
Joined: Jun 7, 2008
Posts: 102

View Profile
« 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.

Logged

Just play the tune sonny.  Just play the tune.
-George Roberts
Jox

*
Offline Offline

Location: Gainesville, Florida
Joined: Oct 24, 2004
Posts: 1692

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

 Do you need a tech in Central Florida? I hear Claude Kashnig is the man
Logged

Xavier Gonzalez
BME- Stetson University
MM- University of Florida
Bach 50BG Greenhoe- Doug Elliot MB109 J-8
Selmer Bolero- Conn Goldtone
Jvera95

*
Offline Offline

Location: Central Florida
Joined: Aug 22, 2011
Posts: 155
"Passion + Hard Work = Excellence"


View Profile
« 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
Logged
Eric01

*
Offline Offline

Location: Waldport, OR 97394
Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 457

View Profile
« 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.

Cheers,

Slide Bender in Waldport
Logged

3rd Trombone in Waldport
JohnL
Edge Monster

*
Offline Offline

Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Joined: Aug 1, 2004
Posts: 7185

View Profile WWW
« 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.
Logged

Question change.
Embrace progress.
Take the time to learn the difference.
Patrick Bates

*
Offline Offline

Location: Zone Centre,Ontario, CANADA, Eh!
Joined: Jul 2, 2000
Posts: 1775

View Profile
« 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!
Logged

Last Bone
Storminnorman
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: May 4, 2012
Posts: 87

View Profile
« 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!
Logged
Frank Longino

*
Offline Offline

Location: Cary, NC
Joined: Dec 3, 2009
Posts: 206
"Perspective - Its the new black"


View Profile
« Reply #18 on: Nov 27, 2012, 09:08AM »

Does anybody have any recommendations for the Raleigh, North Carolina area?
Logged

Less is not more.  Less is less. That's why they call it less... more or less.
Mahlerbone

*
Offline Offline

Location: Newington, CT
Joined: Nov 16, 2002
Posts: 3494

View Profile
« Reply #19 on: Nov 27, 2012, 10:09AM »

In Connecticut, I recommend Bill Korzick in North Haven.
Logged

Shires alto w/ yellow bell
Shires T00NLW, 1YM8, 1.5 tuning slide
Shires TB47G, 7YLW, TY tuning slide, standard rotor
Shires B62LW, BI 2G, Bollinger tuning slide, dependent Trubores
gmorganbrass
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Apr 17, 2011
Posts: 79

View Profile
« Reply #20 on: Nov 27, 2012, 01:32PM »

The guys at BAC Horn Doctor do really great work. (Olathe, Kansas)

They're also willing to do just about any kind of ridiculous custom work you can think of, so if you have any crazy ideas, go to them.
Logged

King 2B SilverSonic
Yamaha YSL-682B
King Duo Gravis 6B
Orffbone
Apprentice Eulipion

*
Offline Offline

Location: Blues City, TN
Joined: Apr 14, 2004
Posts: 385

View Profile
« Reply #21 on: Nov 27, 2012, 02:03PM »

I just got a Bach 42 slide back from Aaron Chandler----Acme Trombones in St. Louis.  My local repair guy could not make it happen, but AC did it!!   Good!
Logged

I feel more like I do now than I did when I first got here.
tsmart

*
Offline Offline

Location: Lenoir, NC
Joined: Apr 9, 2009
Posts: 3985
"M R ducks. M R not ducks. O S A R !"


View Profile
« Reply #22 on: Nov 28, 2012, 05:37AM »

Does anybody have any recommendations for the Raleigh, North Carolina area?
Contact forum member "Cush".
He lives in Durham, and I think works in Raleigh.
He has told me he has a good repair guy down there, so he could point ya in the right direction.
I'm 3 hrs due west of Raleigh.

T.
Logged

the fellowship  of  the slide

Μολὼν λάβε
BiggieSmalls

*
Offline Offline

Location: "Home is where the horn is"
Joined: Mar 18, 2009
Posts: 334
"Visit my studio in Santa Fe, NM!"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #23 on: Nov 28, 2012, 12:07PM »

I just got a Bach 42 slide back from Aaron Chandler----Acme Trombones in St. Louis.  My local repair guy could not make it happen, but AC did it!!   Good!

Aaron's slide work is second to none, absolutely the best slide tech I've used. Be sure to get him to commit to a finish date- he can be slower than cold molasses, because he's playing a lot of gigs these days Good!
Logged

"If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise."- William Blake

"Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up for work."- Chuck Close
Michael Medrick

*
Offline Offline

Location: Plano, TX
Joined: Dec 22, 2001
Posts: 549

View Profile
« Reply #24 on: Nov 28, 2012, 08:11PM »

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

T.

Well said,!
These guy are super !    Don't get me started about the  custom Bach 36 G with a G attachment Eric built for me.  I actually care about tenor trombones with extra triggers again.
Logged

"There will never come a time when you don't have to practice." J. J. Johnson.
"If you just play from your heart, you will play incoherently" Slide Hampton
Radar

*
Offline Offline

Location: Rochester NY
Joined: Feb 23, 2012
Posts: 681

View Profile
« Reply #25 on: Dec 08, 2012, 04:19PM »

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.
I'd second Paul Able here in Rochester NY, does great work!!!
Logged
HouBassTrombone

*
Offline Offline

Location: Houston, TX
Joined: Nov 19, 2008
Posts: 2698
"Just play because you love to."


View Profile
« Reply #26 on: Dec 09, 2012, 09:46PM »

In Houston: Lauren Davies. Amazing work on slides!
Logged

Why am I not practicing?????
MaestroHound
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Aug 24, 2006
Posts: 690

View Profile
« Reply #27 on: Dec 10, 2012, 07:24AM »

Wisconsin: Brian Russell (google "Russell Winds"). Formerly of Greenhoe. He's just finished a major project of making a saxophone playable with one hand, so his turnaround time will be pretty quick now, too!
Logged

"Think before you applaud." -Abe Martin
DaveBb
*
Offline Offline

Location: New Zealand
Joined: Jun 1, 2010
Posts: 482

View Profile
« Reply #28 on: Dec 10, 2012, 09:02AM »

Wisconsin: Brian Russell (google "Russell Winds"). Formerly of Greenhoe. He's just finished a major project of making a saxophone playable with one hand, so his turnaround time will be pretty quick now, too!

Wow. I wonder how good he would be with two hands !
(Couldn't resist)
Logged
Paul Martin
*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: Oct 24, 2002
Posts: 2541

View Profile
« Reply #29 on: Dec 24, 2012, 07:05PM »

In Connecticut, I recommend Bill Korzick in North Haven.


Bill's an absolute stickler for precise work, at the time he did stuff for me, you almost had to have a reference to go to him, Ben Griffin vouched for me (by lying, I assume).
Logged
tbone214

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Dec 5, 2012
Posts: 4

View Profile
« Reply #30 on: Dec 28, 2012, 05:23PM »

I would like to endorse the work of Scott Snyder at Buddy Rodgers Music in Cincinnati, OH.  I've been working with him for the 14 years I've been in the Cincinnati area.  He's done a lot of slide work for me.... I'm VERY pickey.  He has always made my slides as smooth as glass  :)

Regards,
Teeeeeeee-BONE
Logged
Paul Martin
*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: Oct 24, 2002
Posts: 2541

View Profile
« Reply #31 on: Dec 29, 2012, 04:37AM »

Chuck Ward in Chardon, OH does first-rate work, and given his relationship with people at the Eastlake plant (assuming it's still intact), the only guy I'd consider to work on an old King (he has access to original, old parts).
Logged
dbdicker
*
Offline Offline

Location: New York
Joined: Aug 12, 2011
Posts: 204

View Profile
« Reply #32 on: Dec 29, 2012, 06:20AM »

Only quickly mentioned here already but deserves full kudos: Chuck McAlexander of Brasslab, formerly on the Westside of Manhattan, now in Brooklyn -- my go to guy for decades.......
Logged

Yamaha 891Z
MV Bach 36
Rath R4F - Rotax
Yamaha YBL-822G
Yamaha YEP-642 - Euph
JLivorsi

*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: May 28, 2010
Posts: 227

View Profile WWW
« Reply #33 on: Feb 09, 2013, 03:11PM »

Surprisingly there aren't many repair guys in Chicago, but outside of the city I highly recommend

Matt Johnson at Bandsource
and
Dana Hofer (based out of his house in Des Plaines)
Logged
trombone addict

*
Offline Offline

Location: Boston, MA (Summer is Spent in Texas)
Joined: Nov 20, 2010
Posts: 2905
"Music, fashion, food, espresso"


View Profile
« Reply #34 on: Feb 09, 2013, 04:42PM »

In Houston: Lauren Davies. Amazing work on slides!

I can attest to the quality of his work.
Logged

Shires Rotor .547
Shires Straight .547
Thein Altposaune W3-NY
Elkhart Conn 6H



Spencer Chapman
Boston University
sabutin

*
Offline Offline

Location: NYC
Joined: Sep 26, 2005
Posts: 5410
"A professional freelance NYC lower brass player."


View Profile WWW
« Reply #35 on: Feb 10, 2013, 08:11AM »

In the NYC area?

In no particular order...they are all very good:

Chuck McAlexander
Terry Pierce
Josh Landress

I have also heard good things about Wayne Tanabe, but he's at the Yamaha store and I don't know if he is free to work on other horns.

I mostly go to Terry Pierce, but it's a matter of convenience as much as anything else...he lives fairly close to me. I would trust any of them with any work that I needed done on a brass instrument.

S.

P.S. Bob Hester in Texas is as knowledgeable a brass guy as I have ever talked to. I would trust him with anything as well. Bet on it.
Logged

Visit <http://samburtis.com/>. Lots of information on that site in the form of articles plus a link to my method book "Time, Balance & Connections-A Universal Theory Of Brass Relativity" which includes several chapters of the book.
WaltTrombone
Former Titler of Teh Bick!

*
Offline Offline

Location: Garrison, NY
Joined: Feb 26, 2004
Posts: 8850
"Ein Prosit, ein Prosit, der Gemütlichkeit!"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #36 on: Feb 10, 2013, 12:10PM »

Wayne does do some work on other horns, but I'd check with him first, as he's wicked busy and not always in town.
Logged

Walter Barrett
http://www.walterbarrett.com/
Yamaha Artist/Clinician
Alto, Tenor, Bass Trombones
Bass Trumpet
Euphonium, Tuba
The Brasslab
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Oct 21, 2011
Posts: 6

View Profile
« Reply #37 on: Feb 12, 2013, 06:32AM »

I suggest you add Chuck McAlexander at The Brasslab in New York to your trombone tech list.  He's more than capable to fix all things trombone and is particularly good at slide work. 
Logged
BGuttman
Mad Chemist

*
*
Offline Offline

Location: Londonderry, NH, USA
Joined: Dec 12, 2000
Posts: 50989
"Almost Professional"


View Profile
« Reply #38 on: Feb 12, 2013, 06:39AM »

Chuck, you've only been mentioned in at least 6 of the posts above. ;-)
Logged

Bruce Guttman
Solo Trombone, Hollis Town Band
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orch. President 2017-2018
Etshinn

*
Offline Offline

Location: FL
Joined: Mar 13, 2012
Posts: 132

View Profile WWW
« Reply #39 on: Feb 14, 2013, 02:08PM »

Before I left Texas, I had Eric Swanson (bass trombone, Dallas Opera) work on my horn to fix some general repairs and some flight damage after I had to gate check my horn.  Awesome guy, can do complex repairs.  He does repairs for just about all of the brass in the Dallas Symphony, plus a lot of work with the Ft. Worth SO guys too.  He works out of his house somewhere in the DFW suburbs (I want to say Irving, but maybe not).

Anybody have names for North Florida/South Georgia?  I don't need repairs right now, but it would be great to have some in my phone book just in case.
Logged

Erik Shinn, DM
erik.t.shinn@gmail.com
www.erikshinn.com

Adjunct Lecturer of Trombone, University of Florida
Principal Bass Trombone, The Gainesville Orchestra
Bass Trombone, Ocala Symphony Orchestra
Edwards Instruments, Bass Trombone Artist
greg waits
« Reply #40 on: Feb 14, 2013, 02:55PM »

Before I left Texas, I had Eric Swanson (bass trombone, Dallas Opera) work on my horn to fix some general repairs and some flight damage after I had to gate check my horn.  Awesome guy, can do complex repairs.  He does repairs for just about all of the brass in the Dallas Symphony, plus a lot of work with the Ft. Worth SO guys too.  He works out of his house somewhere in the DFW suburbs (I want to say Irving, but maybe not).


Eric lives in Hurst, between Ft Worth and Dallas (part of the "mid cities" cluster of HEB (Hurst, Euless, and Bedford).

I have known him for a long time. We played in Slide Advantage, a 5 trombone and rhythm jazz group that we founded at then-NTSU in Denton. (late 70s).

I concur, he is an excellent repairman with that expected eye for detail that all the best ones have. And his is a fine trombone player. I see him in he studio frequently. And of course he plays bass bone in the Dallas Opera Orchestra for many years now.

But this is about repairmen, sorry!

He and my other favorite repairman named Eric (Edwards) are at the top of my list. Depending on their availability and the convenience of wherever I am in the area, I patronize their workshops frequently.

We are spoiled down here to have two guys that are uber-capable of doing not only the mundane dent removal jobs, but those custom projects too.  Good!

Logged
Tim Skinner

*
Offline Offline

Location: Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Joined: Dec 18, 2007
Posts: 20

View Profile
« Reply #41 on: Feb 20, 2013, 11:18AM »

A second vote for Ron Partch in Toronto. The guy is a repair god! And one of the nicest people you will ever meet!

I just had Ron do some work on all 3 of my horns. The man is a genius and truly a gentleman.
Logged

"ALL those little black marks on that page MEAN something!"

Trombonist - Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra
Conn 88HT-O
Conn 36H
Conn 48H
mdavis94
« Reply #42 on: Feb 28, 2013, 07:31PM »

What about ohio? Mainly the Dayton area?
Logged
skygazer

*
Offline Offline

Location: North Carolina
Joined: Dec 13, 2007
Posts: 269
"Not to be taken seriously..."


View Profile
« Reply #43 on: Feb 28, 2013, 07:51PM »

The slide doctor does great work.  He resurrected the slide on my King 606, making my first horn a joy to play again.
Logged

"You know, I'm a voter.  Aren't you supposed to lie to me and kiss my butt?"  -Peter Venkman
connman93
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Nov 19, 2009
Posts: 681

View Profile WWW
« Reply #44 on: Feb 28, 2013, 08:27PM »

Anybody in Michigan or Northern Ohio or Indiana?
Logged

Evan Clifton
Bass Trombonist - West Michigan Symphony
Bass Trombonist - Battle Creek Symphony (MI)
http://evanclifton.com/
greenbean
*
Offline Offline

Location: California
Joined: Dec 26, 2012
Posts: 1524
"Brass Kahuna"


View Profile
« Reply #45 on: Feb 28, 2013, 09:04PM »

How about in the SF Bay Area?
Logged

--Holton TR180 (1974) / Holton VH-BASS
Whitbey
*
Offline Offline

Location: Rochester MI USA
Joined: Apr 14, 2000
Posts: 940

View Profile WWW
« Reply #46 on: Mar 21, 2013, 05:57AM »

The only guy that I have seen improve a slide from Edwards. He does custom work. He designs horns. Does custom design for Custom Music /Tuba World. He made a brace for my Edwards F attachment that unloaded the pressure on the horn. He reassembled my Bach bass bone so it plays like a dream and created custom linkage after I broke my thumb. Also made the second valve into a C back before inline valves were common. He made a linkage to move the tuning slide on my euphonium. (now it is in tune as my trombone is.) Being a technical person and technical manager myself with a past career working with machinery I can recognize a persons skills by there work.

This should be considered a serious endorsement.
   
Kevin Powers
Michigan Musical 
3151 N. Custer
Monroe MI 48162
734/242-4914   
cell734/915-5606
 
Logged

See my profile for my horns. To long to put on each post.
JohnL
Edge Monster

*
Offline Offline

Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Joined: Aug 1, 2004
Posts: 7185

View Profile WWW
« Reply #47 on: Mar 21, 2013, 07:14AM »

How about in the SF Bay Area?
A&G Music/Best Instrument Repair
Logged

Question change.
Embrace progress.
Take the time to learn the difference.
Draco

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Sep 24, 2012
Posts: 40

View Profile
« Reply #48 on: Mar 21, 2013, 07:24AM »

Anybody in Northern Arkansas or Southern Missouri?
Logged
BGuttman
Mad Chemist

*
*
Offline Offline

Location: Londonderry, NH, USA
Joined: Dec 12, 2000
Posts: 50989
"Almost Professional"


View Profile
« Reply #49 on: Mar 21, 2013, 07:28AM »

Anybody in Northern Arkansas or Southern Missouri?

I think you may have to look at Aaron Chandler (St. Louis?) or Mike Corrigan -- BAC Horndoctor (near Kansas City, but in Kansas).  I know they are central north to south, but I don't know anybody in Springfield.

Logged

Bruce Guttman
Solo Trombone, Hollis Town Band
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orch. President 2017-2018
Orffbone
Apprentice Eulipion

*
Offline Offline

Location: Blues City, TN
Joined: Apr 14, 2004
Posts: 385

View Profile
« Reply #50 on: Mar 21, 2013, 02:49PM »

While we're on the subject:  any recommendations for exquisite and artful refinishing?
Logged

I feel more like I do now than I did when I first got here.
TNTBONE
*
Offline Offline

Location: Southern Maryland
Joined: Mar 12, 2013
Posts: 141

View Profile
« Reply #51 on: Mar 25, 2013, 09:36AM »

Anyone have re-lacquering done in the DC/Baltimore area?
Logged
PosauneFreak

*
Offline Offline

Location: Little Rock, AR
Joined: Oct 31, 2011
Posts: 72

View Profile
« Reply #52 on: Apr 12, 2013, 08:15AM »

I will have to go with Eric Edwards on this one.

He was Dennis Smith's repairman of choice, so that's how I found him. He's a fantastic man.

He is fair on prices, does phenomenal work AND he's close to home  :)

I have also used Eric Swanson. Both Eric's are amazing at what they do. Either one would be a solid choice if you need work in the Dallas area.
Logged

Elliot Green
University of Arkansas '15 BM
University of Michigan '17 MM
Bass Trombone
bonearzt

*
Offline Offline

Location: Denton-Dallas/Ft.Worth TX
Joined: Oct 23, 2004
Posts: 4097
"UTEP Alumni/Legend in my own mind!"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #53 on: Apr 12, 2013, 09:26AM »

I will have to go with Eric Edwards on this one.
He was Dennis Smith's repairman of choice, so that's how I found him. He's a fantastic man.
He is fair on prices, does phenomenal work AND he's close to home  :)
I have also used Eric Swanson. Both Eric's are amazing at what they do. Either one would be a solid choice if you need work in the Dallas area.

Thank you Sir!!




Eric
Logged

Eric, Leandra, Sara, Jared & Lily
Edwards
"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has faded!"
"If you're doing something a certain way ONLY because it's always been done that way,  you're probably doing it wrong!"
SilverBone
Put the Cool in "Coulisse!"

*
Offline Offline

Location: Portland, OR
Joined: Sep 16, 2006
Posts: 3811

View Profile
« Reply #54 on: Apr 13, 2013, 02:15AM »

I need a new recommendation for a great tech in Portland, OR, since Randy Mueller left town.  I'm happy with Benn Hanson in Seattle, but it's a long drive for simpler repairs.
Logged

-Howard

The nastiest fellow I've known
Smashed his trombone and ruined its tone.
There's a simple excuse
For his slush pump abuse:
He was born to be bad to the bone.
Etshinn

*
Offline Offline

Location: FL
Joined: Mar 13, 2012
Posts: 132

View Profile WWW
« Reply #55 on: May 12, 2013, 11:09PM »

Anybody in Michigan or Northern Ohio or Indiana?

Chuck Ward who was mentioned earlier on here does great work. http://chuckwardbrass.com/. He's based in Chardon, which is just East of Cleveland.


Still trying looking for a North Florida/South Georgia tech if anybody has one.
Logged

Erik Shinn, DM
erik.t.shinn@gmail.com
www.erikshinn.com

Adjunct Lecturer of Trombone, University of Florida
Principal Bass Trombone, The Gainesville Orchestra
Bass Trombone, Ocala Symphony Orchestra
Edwards Instruments, Bass Trombone Artist
jscalf81

*
Offline Offline

Location: Nashville, TN
Joined: Mar 3, 2011
Posts: 64

View Profile WWW
« Reply #56 on: Jun 09, 2013, 07:38PM »

I'd be interested in hearing anyone's thoughts on a North Florida tech/resto guy as well... 
Logged

"Life is tough... Life is tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne
MajesticGent

*
Offline Offline

Location: Atlanta
Joined: Jul 24, 2013
Posts: 16
"Getting back into playing"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #57 on: Jul 26, 2013, 02:23PM »

Does anyone know of any good techs in Georgia, or the Atlanta metro area?
Logged

jbeckett

*
Offline Offline

Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Joined: Dec 23, 2010
Posts: 213
"."


View Profile
« Reply #58 on: Aug 22, 2013, 03:14PM »

Greg Tyson @ Music and Arts APex (Raleigh NC)
Chuck Ward in Ohio Good!
Logged

the most pure sound... go for that. The 24 carat sound...

                        Jay Friedman
JimArcher

*
Offline Offline

Location: Olympia, WA
Joined: Feb 21, 2002
Posts: 2297

View Profile
« Reply #59 on: Aug 22, 2013, 03:23PM »

I need a new recommendation for a great tech in Portland, OR, since Randy Mueller left town.  I'm happy with Benn Hanson in Seattle, but it's a long drive for simpler repairs.

Tacoma: Ken at Highland Hill Music Center on 6th Ave. He's a magician with slides. 

I'll also 2nd or 3rd the Slide Dr.

My 3 cents. (inflation)
Logged

Jim Archer, an old, old Olds fan
Olympia, WA
khedger
*
Offline Offline

Location: Boston, MA
Joined: Dec 11, 2009
Posts: 11

View Profile
« Reply #60 on: Aug 23, 2013, 10:58PM »

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.

Jim works on my trumpets and I always get consistently excellent work from him. He just rebuilt the valves on my main trumpet and they're fabulous.  He's also advising me and will probably end up doing the work
to help me with an ergonomic problem with my valve trombone.

If you're in New England (or can ship) I can't recommend Jim and the Osmun guys highly enough....

keith
Logged
Offbass
Offbass

*
Offline Offline

Location: Wisconsin/ Minnesota
Joined: Nov 24, 2010
Posts: 16

View Profile
« Reply #61 on: Sep 13, 2013, 08:17AM »

Mentioned before, but I want to put in a strongly favorable vote for The Slide Doctor of Dawsonville, GA.  They did a beautiful job on my 1946 F.E. Olds Super, dual bore fluted slide, and their shipping container arrangements are top notch.
Logged
slidemansailor

*
Offline Offline

Location: Conner, Montana
Joined: May 3, 2007
Posts: 1083
"off the edge of the trombone planet"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #62 on: Sep 13, 2013, 06:43PM »

I'd ask about recommendations for Montana, but I suspect few even know where Montana is, let alone that there are bones in them thar hills.

I'm probably in the area of mail-order darn-near everything.
Logged

Turn off your TV. Make some beautiful music.

'06 Conn 88 HCL  .525/.547   5G
'58 Conn 6H   .500   6 1/2 AL
'74 Yamaha YSL354    .500   6 1/2 AL
'49 Harry Pedler American Triumph   Lyle 7

http://bitterrootbugle.com
http://teddunlap.net
BlackBassEABbGD

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Sep 15, 2013
Posts: 1
"Always Louder!!!"


View Profile
« Reply #63 on: Sep 15, 2013, 09:14PM »

Does anyone know of a tech in or near Duval County, Fl who is good with slides and can do light custom work? I need some minor repairs done on mt slide and am interested in switching to the saturn water key.
Logged

SLIBFS
JustinM

*
Offline Offline

Location: Cranberry Twp
Joined: Oct 9, 2003
Posts: 88

View Profile
« Reply #64 on: Sep 30, 2013, 01:19PM »

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.  

Ted does really good work. He has a reputation for giving free lectures with your repair work, though, so if you don't want to hear about how you're ruining your instrument, don't go there. You also need to keep in mind that he's a string player and has some misconceptions about what makes a brass instrument work well.

Still, if you have a specific job, he's a very good option.
Logged
Matt K

*
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: May 6, 2010
Posts: 7086

View Profile
« Reply #65 on: Sep 30, 2013, 01:25PM »

Ted does really good work. He has a reputation for giving free lectures with your repair work, though, so if you don't want to hear about how you're ruining your instrument, don't go there. You also need to keep in mind that he's a string player and has some misconceptions about what makes a brass instrument work well.

Still, if you have a specific job, he's a very good option.

Hahah, he sure does give you an ear full.  I've been using a guy down in Morgantown now, Albert Houde. He's with Baltimore Brass, but his wife is the new Viola professor at WVU.  He does impeccable work, absolutely totally meticulous about his work.
Logged

What's in a name? that which we call a tenor-bass posaune
By any other name would smell as sweet;
Paul Martin
*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: Oct 24, 2002
Posts: 2541

View Profile
« Reply #66 on: Nov 16, 2013, 03:31PM »

I just used Dana Hofer in the Chicago area to repair an old Bach 9 slide, he did a very good job.
Logged
beginneragain
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Nov 21, 2013
Posts: 45

View Profile
« Reply #67 on: Nov 22, 2013, 09:40AM »

New to the site.  Just can't not play any longer and it has been decades.  Have a unique trombone coming from England and would like it refurbished.  I live on the east coast in Virginia.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Logged
beginneragain
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Nov 21, 2013
Posts: 45

View Profile
« Reply #68 on: Nov 22, 2013, 10:05AM »

Not sure if it matters but the horn is a Hawkes & Son Excelsior Sonorous Class A trombone.  It will be a real looker when completed.  Thanks again.
Logged
tsmart

*
Offline Offline

Location: Lenoir, NC
Joined: Apr 9, 2009
Posts: 3985
"M R ducks. M R not ducks. O S A R !"


View Profile
« Reply #69 on: Nov 22, 2013, 11:51AM »

Just to update...

I've used several techs from the forum.
All did fabulous work.  Good!  Good!

In order of work/projects.
Eric Edwards was the 1st I used.
The Slide Dcotor was the 2nd I used.
Benn Hannson was the 3nd I used.
John Sandhegan was the 4rd I used.
Bob Hester was the 5th I used.
John Sandhegan was the 6th I used.

I hope I didn't miss anyone...
But... before I came on this forum and met these guys, I had used Pettifor's in Elkhart Indiana for 2 jobs. Both of those jobs, left me regretting I had used them at all (I've heard they since changed management since then though).....

These guys I've used from the forum.... are quality people, doing quality work.
I haven't used every repairman on the forum, but I'm sure there is others here that do good quality work too.

From my experiences - I'd recommend either of the ones I listed. I was VERY pleased with their work.

And I'm not rough on my horns...  :D ...... I've just had a few "project horns", that I got fixed up. And I still have a few more projects (I've slowed down a little lately - too many project horns on the back burners).. :(

T.
Logged

the fellowship  of  the slide

Μολὼν λάβε
Matt K

*
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: May 6, 2010
Posts: 7086

View Profile
« Reply #70 on: Nov 22, 2013, 03:13PM »

Jeff Bonk does great work in VA.  Not sure how far you are away from him you are though.  Worth the drive.
Logged

What's in a name? that which we call a tenor-bass posaune
By any other name would smell as sweet;
dezignstuff
« Reply #71 on: Dec 08, 2013, 12:44PM »

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.

I went to Ithaca college with Paul. Long time ago. Makes me smile to hear that name again.
Logged
bonedude
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Oct 22, 2011
Posts: 151

View Profile
« Reply #72 on: Dec 08, 2013, 02:29PM »

Anybody have any opinions on the guys at Dillons?
Logged
Matt K

*
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: May 6, 2010
Posts: 7086

View Profile
« Reply #73 on: Dec 08, 2013, 02:59PM »

Anybody have any opinions on the guys at Dillons?

He's done good work for me in the past.  He setup my Shires T0825GLW slide with the correct receiver. Originally it was setup to fit Bach small bore horns for some bizarre reason  Confused Confused Confused (this slide was a used slide on their showroom floor).  I put the slide on my Bach 6vii bell section and immediately fell in love with it.  I friction fit it for awhile, but ultimately decided to get the Shires part mounted. 

He also added a saturn key to that slide and fixed a pretty bizarre alignment issues with a used TW25 slide I had that was causing the leadpipe not to sit in the horn properly.
Logged

What's in a name? that which we call a tenor-bass posaune
By any other name would smell as sweet;
rdalton
*
Offline Offline

Location: New Jersey
Joined: May 1, 2009
Posts: 65

View Profile
« Reply #74 on: Dec 09, 2013, 10:21AM »

I have had work done at Dillon's. The routine work (slide dents, etc) is done quickly and is done well. I have had some custom work done there in the past too - done exactly as I wanted.
Logged
Trav1s
.522" Conn Lover

*
Offline Offline

Location: Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa.
Joined: Nov 21, 2006
Posts: 2029

View Profile
« Reply #75 on: Dec 09, 2013, 10:38AM »

Benn Hannson did the Rotax conversion on my 79h and I am very happy with the results.   :D
Logged

Conn 77H - parade worthy
Conn 79H with a Rotax valve
Conn 80H -> 78H w/ 8" red brass bell
Besson 8-10 that needs some TLC
Brian Maltman
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Dec 12, 2013
Posts: 6

View Profile
« Reply #76 on: Dec 12, 2013, 07:12PM »

In Toronto, Canada or anywhere within a few hours drive it is Ron Partch of Partch Brasswinds. He is the "slide doctor"  and works on all brass instruments. He has bored out the valve rotor on my 88H and 72H significantly improving the F attachment range. He has also done custom modifications on brass instruments. Well known and respected in the frozen north. he is also a bass trombonist.
Logged
chipolah

*
Offline Offline

Location: Vaucluse,France / Hampshire,England
Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 697

View Profile
« Reply #77 on: Dec 14, 2013, 04:26AM »

Central Florida...Polk County

I've had work done by MICK at Carlton Music in Winter Haven, Florida. Excellent with slides and general repair work. He has worked on 6 or 7 horns for me over the years and I have been VERY happy.
Logged

Holton TR-100 / Bach 6-1/2A
Wessex Trombone Consultant
www.chiphoehler.com
ericrich

*
Offline Offline

Location: Sheridan WY, USA
Joined: Mar 3, 2001
Posts: 108

View Profile WWW
« Reply #78 on: Dec 14, 2013, 04:43AM »

Here's another unsolicited word of support for Eric Edwards, near Dallas TX. I had a conversion project that was a bit tricky, and Eric did a wonderful job. It was worth the additional hassle of sending my horn to him from the Midwest.

He is a consummate professional and also pleasant to deal with. His website is:
http://www.proinstrumentrepair.com/
Logged

Eric Richards, D.M.A.
Composer/Arranger/Conductor/Trombone
Director of Bands and Jazz Studies
Sheridan College
Sheridan, WY
www.ericrichards.com
http://www.sheridancollegemusic.com/dr-eric-richards.html
https://www.facebook.com/ericrichardsmusic
Hoch
Bass Trombone

*
Offline Offline

Location: West Chester, PA
Joined: Jul 31, 2010
Posts: 64

View Profile
« Reply #79 on: Jan 18, 2014, 09:30PM »

Philadelphia is home to a lot of great brass players, but the caveat is that there are no technicians in the city, let alone competent ones. Until now!

Sun He is a graduate student for bass trombone at Temple University. He's picky about his horns - everything must be perfect. He vows to treat every instrument that he works on as his own, and he makes sure that everything he does to a client's instrument is something he'd be thrilled to have as his own. As a matter of fact, he overhauled an old Conn 62H of mine. He has a 72H of his own, which was actually George Roberts' main axe for a large portion of his career - He played my horn to get a feel for it, I asked him and he said he still preferred his by a long way. After the repairs and modifications, though, he was a bit jealous of the horn.

He'll do all of the work right in front of you, he is 100% open to any and all input or ideas you might have, and he charges drastically less than an average tech with half of the skill would charge. Discounts galore, and in my case, his generosity has resulted in slashing well more than half of the usual cost on at least one occasion. That, and he's a great guy; everyone finds him very likable and that is not without merit.

Any brass players in Philadelphia, for a cleaning or dent work or linkage conversions or absolutely anything else, give him a try. You definitely will not be disappointed, he comes with the highest recommendations from absolutely everyone who has ever worked with him. Check out his website, complete with contact info:
http://bassbonesun.wordpress.com
Logged

No, you don't play the trombone.  You play music.

David Hoch, bass trombone
deanmccarty

*
Offline Offline

Location: Texas
Joined: Feb 19, 2010
Posts: 716

View Profile WWW
« Reply #80 on: Jan 19, 2014, 04:11AM »

I've never seen anyone better than Eric Swanson in the Dallas area (Hurst)... I have been using him for the past 28 years off and on...
Logged

Dean McCarty <><
freelance trombonist, Houston area
2 Corinthians 13:14
Alexandre Magno
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Feb 24, 2009
Posts: 14

View Profile
« Reply #81 on: Mar 04, 2014, 05:36PM »

Merlin Grady In Waterloo, Iowa He's amazing.  Great with Slide (everything about slides) and putting custom horns together

http://merlingrady.com/home.html


KAREN GLEASON in Lexington,KY she's awesome great with removing dents slide alignment and many other crazy. She Works at Hurst Music in Lexington,KY

Lee Sable Repair/custom stuff guru.  He's on Facebook easy to find. He did an amazing Job with my bass bells and many of my Brazilian friends.  All of these people at some point did some great job on my horns.

ERIC EDWARDS!!! I love him!! perfect too!!

Chuck Alexander (BrassLAB) the man who put my  bass valve section together back in 2009! (Shires axial flow valves but the rest is all of his out of this word stuff) The valves are running great, great sound, Trigger lever are the fastest I ever had. 


I hope this info helps
Logged
TNTBONE
*
Offline Offline

Location: Southern Maryland
Joined: Mar 12, 2013
Posts: 141

View Profile
« Reply #82 on: Mar 05, 2014, 07:26AM »

I have used a tech (David Roan) at ATEC Corporation in Clinton MD to pull leadpipes on my 71 36B and my 74 42. Both times he has taken the inner slides completely apart and carefully reassembled them in the process. Both pipes came out 100% intact and both slides are now 10 out of 10.. Very reasonably priced too...
Logged
Sid

*
Offline Offline

Location: St. Louis Metro Area
Joined: Jan 10, 2004
Posts: 205

View Profile
« Reply #83 on: Mar 14, 2014, 09:04AM »

For those in the St. Louis area, I would recommend Steve Wyatt of Midwest Musical Instrument Service (http://www.manta.com/c/mttzn01/midwest-musical-instrument-service-llc). He worked for years at St. Louis Woodwind and Brass before opening up his own place and has worked on my horns several times now. I took my 3BSS into him for slide work and cleaning in January and not only did he do great work, but his costs were very reasonable. He does custom work on request (showed me a custom finished Olds trumpet he recently finished when I dropped a horn off yesterday) and is also a phenomenal bass trombone player.
Logged
Posaunus
*
Offline Offline

Location: California
Joined: Feb 20, 2014
Posts: 715

View Profile
« Reply #84 on: Mar 31, 2014, 01:52PM »

In my part of Southern California, it's hard to imagine anyone could do a better job on slides than Bruce Belo in Anaheim. 
Logged
Forthelove

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Oct 24, 2012
Posts: 24

View Profile
« Reply #85 on: Mar 31, 2014, 06:03PM »

The best I've ever had the pleasure of hiring = Robb Stewart out of Arcadia, CA. He did a complete Shires Axial valve conversion (fitting 2 bells/slides) onto my Bachs. I kid you not, they came back playing more lively than before - in fact, they are easily the best playing Bachs I've ever played. I'm still flying high. He's an absolute perfectionist. He came highly recommended by both the shop guys at Shires and The Horn Guys in CA. They weren't joking. Plus, he's ON TIME!

So, Robb Stewart. Done deal.
« Last Edit: Apr 02, 2014, 06:54PM by Forthelove » Logged

#sustain
johnstad

*
Offline Offline

Location: Portland, OR
Joined: Oct 16, 2012
Posts: 135

View Profile WWW
« Reply #86 on: Apr 01, 2014, 08:51AM »

Lindy Wunn in Portland is fantastic.  He's been head of instrument for Portland Public Schools for decades.  He's a great guy and does great work.

He did all of Ed Thayer's installs when the Thayer Valve was released.

Let me know if you need more details.
Logged

"You are as good as your last note."
                            
                             George Roberts
Ian McDougall Wannabe

*
Offline Offline

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Joined: Mar 28, 2002
Posts: 659
"Purveyor of Exotic Sounds"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #87 on: Aug 08, 2014, 04:31PM »

Dave Gsponer at Matterhorn Music in Surrey, BC. Beautiful dent work, and his slide repairs/tune-ups are second to none. He's done excellent custom work for me too. For those in the know, he's the guy that bought all of Joe DeBruycker's old tooling.
Logged
Sliphorn
Pedal Pusher

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Oct 18, 2006
Posts: 2349
"Tenor & Bass, Jazz & Classical"


View Profile
« Reply #88 on: Aug 10, 2014, 10:09PM »

Anyone know good techs in the Salt Lake City area?
Logged

littlerockjohn
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Jun 9, 2014
Posts: 25

View Profile
« Reply #89 on: Aug 13, 2014, 07:42AM »

Anyone have a recommendation for a trombone tech in Arkansas?  Or Memphis, if he/she is worth the drive?  Or am I better off to send it out?  Thanks. 
Logged
Paul Martin
*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: Oct 24, 2002
Posts: 2541

View Profile
« Reply #90 on: Aug 13, 2014, 10:29AM »

Anyone have a recommendation for a trombone tech in Arkansas?  Or Memphis, if he/she is worth the drive?  Or am I better off to send it out?  Thanks. 


I've never had the slightest problem sending a horn or slide to one of the really good brass techs; if I had something minor to be done that did not require someone of Dan Oberloh's or Mike Corrigan's talents to solve, I'd go locally, but then I'd want to talk to the person in question, because you never know their exact skill level (and there are some bad techs out there).
Logged
dbuster

*
Offline Offline

Location: Raleigh, NC
Joined: Jul 10, 2013
Posts: 82

View Profile
« Reply #91 on: Aug 13, 2014, 01:30PM »

Does anybody have any recommendations for the Raleigh, North Carolina area?

I took a couple of old, rough horns to Jim Peterson (off Hillsborough Street).  He gave them a good cleaning and did some slide alignment, and now they work and play a lot better.  However, he doesn't do refinishing and I don't know if he does any major repair work.

I'm interested in getting an old King 5B refinished, but I'm not sure who to trust with it.
Logged
Paul Martin
*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: Oct 24, 2002
Posts: 2541

View Profile
« Reply #92 on: Aug 13, 2014, 02:58PM »

I took a couple of old, rough horns to Jim Peterson (off Hillsborough Street).  He gave them a good cleaning and did some slide alignment, and now they work and play a lot better.  However, he doesn't do refinishing and I don't know if he does any major repair work.

I'm interested in getting an old King 5B refinished, but I'm not sure who to trust with it.


A lot of guys don't do lacquer work except for very limited touch up work; I've even had guys refuse overhauls because of their own bad experience with sending out parts for refinishing (Comm/UMI losing original parts at the Eastlake plant), Oberloh would be a sure thing, but he's not taking any full overhauls currently due to a backlog.

Mike Corrigan does nice work, and I'm pretty sure soup-to-nuts overhauls.
Logged
Freedy
~ Freedy ~

*
Offline Offline

Location: Oklahoma
Joined: Apr 25, 2014
Posts: 65

View Profile
« Reply #93 on: Aug 19, 2014, 03:06PM »

In Oklahoma I'd recommend Bruce Kitzel (Edmond Music and Gilliam Music in Norman). He fixed up my 1963 Olds Super, and it's now like new. He is recognized as one of if not the best tech in the state.

- Freedy
Logged

Olds Recording (1949)
Olds Super (1963)
Olds Special (1964)
Olds Recording (1978)
trombone addict

*
Offline Offline

Location: Boston, MA (Summer is Spent in Texas)
Joined: Nov 20, 2010
Posts: 2905
"Music, fashion, food, espresso"


View Profile
« Reply #94 on: Aug 19, 2014, 06:19PM »

Any recommendations in the Boston area? I know shires is nearby but they seem like they're busy enough.
Logged

Shires Rotor .547
Shires Straight .547
Thein Altposaune W3-NY
Elkhart Conn 6H



Spencer Chapman
Boston University
Posaunus
*
Offline Offline

Location: California
Joined: Feb 20, 2014
Posts: 715

View Profile
« Reply #95 on: Aug 19, 2014, 08:19PM »

Osmun Music
77 Powdermill Road, Acton, MA 01720
978-823-0580
http://www.osmun.com/service.html
Store Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm | Saturday 10am-2pm
Logged
stedcogs

*
Offline Offline

Location: Arvada, CO
Joined: Sep 9, 2008
Posts: 173

View Profile
« Reply #96 on: Sep 16, 2014, 04:30PM »

In Denver, Colorado: Greg Meis (www.meismusic.com). He just replaced a tuning slide on my '89 6H, which I figure is not high in difficulty, but he did it for an extremely reasonable price and while the horn was there he banged out a lot of dents "that were bothering him" and replaced my spit valve because is was leaking a bit; and he didn't charge me for the extra work. I asked if he refurbished horns (I have a '41 12H I would love to get redone) and he said he's moving out of that, but he showed me a flugelhorn he had just done for one of the best trumpeters in town, so I figure the good folks go to him. 
Logged
Scott Hartman

*
Offline Offline

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Joined: Feb 25, 2014
Posts: 11

View Profile
« Reply #97 on: Oct 22, 2014, 02:04PM »

Any recommendations for repair techs that can do modification work in the Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia region of the country? I am in Charlotte, NC and need to have a bell flare mounted on a valve section. Although this is somewhat simple of an installation process I want to make sure it's done precisely, so I'm willing to drive out of state to get it done well. Right now I'm considering Rich Ita's Brass Instrument Workshop in Marietta, GA (just outside of Atlanta), anybody had work done by him? Also I saw this post from a couple of years ago:

HEY ALL,
A FRIEND OF MINE STARTED HIS OWN BRASS AND WOODWIND REPAIR SHOP IN ROCKY MOUNT NC.  HIS NAME IS GREG TYSON AND HIS SHOP IS CALLED TYSON BRASSWORKS.  I DECIDED TO TRY HIM OUT WITH A REPAIR JOB ON A TRASHED BENGE 290 THAT I BOUGHT.  I THOUGH HE MIGHT DO A GOOD JOB AND IT WOULD BE SOME GOOD PR FOR HIM.  HERE ARE SOME BEFORE AND AFTER PICS.  I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ANYONE IN COASTAL CAROLINA, SOUTHERN VIRGINIA, OR NORTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA SHOULD TRY HIM.  HE HAS 17 YEARS EXPERIENCE AND MAKES SLIDES BUTTER SMOOTH.  A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TECH.  PICS TELL THE STORY:

Anybody know if Tyson Brassworks is still around? There is no information on the company online, it would appear to be closed.

Thanks for any leads.
Logged

Scott P. Hartman
-Bass Trombone-
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
AZTBNDAD
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Mar 8, 2013
Posts: 115

View Profile
« Reply #98 on: Oct 22, 2014, 03:50PM »

In Phoenix, I would pick Mike Nye.

Logged
KingMan

*
Offline Offline

Location: York, PA
Joined: Sep 4, 2002
Posts: 239
"Onward and Upward"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #99 on: Oct 22, 2014, 04:02PM »

I've had really good service from a shop in Red Lion, PA called The Broken Note. The owner/tech is Brian Greek. He knows his stuff and has gone the extra mile for me. I recently bought a Conn 100H from another Forum member that had a few large dents and a misaligned slide (both directions). He chem-cleaned it, aligned the slide, straightened polished all 3 lead pipes, and removed all the dents for less than a hundred bucks.
Logged

Conn 100H
Conn 44H Vocabell
Bernd Vollers Custom Convertible
Olds Ambassador (Fullerton)
Olds Recording (Los Angeles)
MPC: Harrison Wedge 5GS
phonyreal98

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Aug 16, 2003
Posts: 1568

View Profile
« Reply #100 on: Oct 24, 2014, 09:26AM »

Suggestions for Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa?
Logged
Paul Martin
*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: Oct 24, 2002
Posts: 2541

View Profile
« Reply #101 on: Oct 24, 2014, 10:13AM »

Suggestions for Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa?


Yes: Send it to one of the many highly recommended brass techs who live somewhere else!

Sending an instrument via USPS or UPS is easy to do, I've never had any issues with doing so over roughly 20 years, and I'm not sure that an "in person" meeting with the brass tech improves the quality of the result, unless he's doing a modification for you that requires the two of you to go back and forth on things.
Logged
John the Theologian
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Feb 16, 2013
Posts: 786

View Profile
« Reply #102 on: Oct 24, 2014, 11:11PM »

Waterloo is in North Central Iowa, but Merlin Grady's shop is right off US 20 and only 266 miles east of Sioux City according to the official Iowa map.  Not a long trip from most places in eastern Nebraska-western Iowa.  He's a master tech-- see the endorsements--http://merlingrady.com/testimonials.html.
Logged
fantrombone

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Sep 9, 2013
Posts: 70

View Profile
« Reply #103 on: Nov 02, 2014, 11:49PM »

Nope Dick is retired.  Its ok for dent banging and spit valve repair but not slide repair.
Logged

In private practice the Extreme to make the difficult in public seem easy.
tmmytm1
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Aug 19, 2010
Posts: 77

View Profile
« Reply #104 on: Dec 18, 2014, 01:01PM »

Dana Hofer in Chicagoland

danahoferbrassrepair.com
Logged
chris612

*
Offline Offline

Location: Long Island
Joined: Jun 22, 2014
Posts: 77

View Profile
« Reply #105 on: Dec 18, 2014, 01:12PM »

Chuck McAlexander is a favorite for a lot of players in the NYC area,I've used him a few times and he does very nice work. If anyone comes through Long Island, Gil Brynes in Deer Park is great and does work fast.
Logged

Bach 50BG3-Greg Black 1 1/2G
Conn 88HLT-Greg Black 4.5G/5G
Bach 36-Hammond 12ML

SUNY Fredonia
kingtbone
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Aug 9, 2010
Posts: 3

View Profile
« Reply #106 on: Mar 29, 2015, 02:07PM »

Houston area recommendations  for slide work ?
Logged
ssking2b

*
Offline Offline

Location: Chester, VA
Joined: Sep 27, 2011
Posts: 324
"Trombone - the final frontier..."


View Profile WWW
« Reply #107 on: Apr 22, 2015, 06:51AM »

The Slide Doctor from anywhere in the US.  I send him a slide via UPS and he does magic, and I get it back about a week later!
Logged

Visit my web site at http://www.pjonestrombone.com 

XO Brass Artist Philip Jones
HouBassTrombone

*
Offline Offline

Location: Houston, TX
Joined: Nov 19, 2008
Posts: 2698
"Just play because you love to."


View Profile
« Reply #108 on: Apr 22, 2015, 09:05AM »

In Houston: Lauren Davies at H&H on 1960. Best in town and only guy I let work on my horns!
Logged

Why am I not practicing?????
SilverSonic

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Sep 29, 2006
Posts: 405

View Profile
« Reply #109 on: Apr 22, 2015, 09:12AM »

More good words for John Sandhagen- he took my Delta-battered 3B Silversonic, fixed the bell damage and converted it to a screw bell. Excellent work.
Logged
bonearzt

*
Offline Offline

Location: Denton-Dallas/Ft.Worth TX
Joined: Oct 23, 2004
Posts: 4097
"UTEP Alumni/Legend in my own mind!"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #110 on: Apr 23, 2015, 01:44PM »

In Houston: Lauren Davies at H&H on 1960. Best in town and only guy I let work on my horns!

Dude!!?!  You said you'd love me forever!

That's what I get for trusting a bass trombonist I guess....

8)


Eric

Logged

Eric, Leandra, Sara, Jared & Lily
Edwards
"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has faded!"
"If you're doing something a certain way ONLY because it's always been done that way,  you're probably doing it wrong!"
HouBassTrombone

*
Offline Offline

Location: Houston, TX
Joined: Nov 19, 2008
Posts: 2698
"Just play because you love to."


View Profile
« Reply #111 on: Apr 23, 2015, 03:59PM »

Ok only guy in Houston I let touch my horns!! Eric Edwards is the man and it is worth driving to see him!
Logged

Why am I not practicing?????
Duffle
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Apr 7, 2005
Posts: 2897

View Profile
« Reply #112 on: Apr 24, 2015, 03:09AM »

And the best from around the world?.......
Logged
Paul Martin
*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: Oct 24, 2002
Posts: 2541

View Profile
« Reply #113 on: Apr 24, 2015, 06:48AM »

Mick Rath in the UK is pretty highly regarded.
Logged
BGuttman
Mad Chemist

*
*
Offline Offline

Location: Londonderry, NH, USA
Joined: Dec 12, 2000
Posts: 50989
"Almost Professional"


View Profile
« Reply #114 on: Apr 24, 2015, 07:43AM »

And the best from around the world?.......

This become like a "who's the best trombone player in the world" kind of question.

There is no one trombone player who is better than everybody else in all aspects.

We have a number of folks here who are extremely talented craftsmen and there are others around the world.  I've heard good things about Renee Hagmann in Switzerland.  I'm sure there are others out there I don't know.

From a practical standpoint, I'd recommend finding a good guy nearby and giving him most of your work.  Folks who are far away and are good with custom stuff can be called upon when needed.
Logged

Bruce Guttman
Solo Trombone, Hollis Town Band
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orch. President 2017-2018
Duffle
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Apr 7, 2005
Posts: 2897

View Profile
« Reply #115 on: Apr 26, 2015, 04:57AM »

This become like a "who's the best trombone player in the world" kind of question.

There is no one trombone player who is better than everybody else in all aspects.

We have a number of folks here who are extremely talented craftsmen and there are others around the world.  I've heard good things about Renee Hagmann in Switzerland.  I'm sure there are others out there I don't know.

From a practical standpoint, I'd recommend finding a good guy nearby and giving him most of your work.  Folks who are far away and are good with custom stuff can be called upon when needed.

Maybe not 'best' meaning 'the best' but the better ones or the ones most highly regarded by members from around the world.......
Logged
BillO
A trombone is not measured by it's name.

*
Offline Offline

Location: Ontario Canada
Joined: Jun 24, 2015
Posts: 3072

View Profile
« Reply #116 on: Oct 15, 2015, 07:57AM »

Another  Good! for Ron Parch in Toronto.

He's the only tech I have used since high school, and have never had a reason to go elsewhere.  His slide work really is magic.  His cost is always lower than I expect too.  Either he is very fair or a genius at setting expectations.
Logged

Never look at the conductor. You just encourage them.

Have you noticed, some folk never stick around to help tidy up after practice?
Johnston93

*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: Nov 24, 2013
Posts: 173

View Profile WWW
« Reply #117 on: Oct 15, 2015, 08:58AM »

For those in and around Connecticut, David Zoni does a great job of repairing brass instruments especially trombones. He's fixed problems with my 42 a number of different times for a few years now, and never lets me go without fixing something else for free as well.
Logged
BiggieSmalls

*
Offline Offline

Location: "Home is where the horn is"
Joined: Mar 18, 2009
Posts: 334
"Visit my studio in Santa Fe, NM!"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #118 on: Oct 15, 2015, 10:25AM »

For anyone near Montgomery, Alabama:

Adam Jones
615.957.6433
adamjones615@gmail.com

Adam overhauled half a dozen horns for me during the couple of years he lived here in Santa Fe, and his work is top notch. Adam did a beautiful job rolling out a crinkled bell that I thought was beyond hope, and he rebuilt several sketchy slides that turned out better than I could have ever hoped for. His rates are VERY reasonable. Great sax work as well; he does sax work for some of the top players in Nashville. Highly recommended!

He's also a pretty darn good trombonist...
Logged

"If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise."- William Blake

"Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up for work."- Chuck Close
daveyboy37

*
Online Online

Location: New Jersey, USA
Joined: Nov 24, 2005
Posts: 4393

View Profile
« Reply #119 on: Nov 06, 2015, 06:29AM »

Just thought I'd put another plug in here for the guys at Dillon Music, Fred, Josh, and Matt.  They do great work, and do it fast.  I broke the linkage on my Kanstul 1570 by being an idiot, and pressed on the lever too hard when trying to get the witness marks to line up after re-seating a bumper. I figured I could press it in that way. WRONG.

The silver-soldered joint between the steel bar and brass spring fitting let go.

I brought it in last Thursday, it was Done on Monday, and I picked it up Yesterday. It looks like it was never even broken. Heck it's probably better assembled now than it was at the factory.

And for slides, Fred has "the touch". All of my slides are awesome, and he's the reason.
Logged

David Sullivan
Bass Trombone - Livingston Symphony Orchestra
Horns: Bach 39, King 3B, Yamaha YSL-640, Bach 42T, Kanstul 1570CR, Kanstul 1588CR, Yamaha YBL-612RII
MPCS: Faxx 7C, Hammond 11ML, Laskey 59MD, Laskey 85MD.
BonesmanJoe
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Mar 31, 2013
Posts: 10

View Profile
« Reply #120 on: Dec 21, 2015, 03:53PM »


A7G is swamped, and I can't give them my horn for a week. Anyone else in SF? THANKS!
Logged
Gravedigger
SR145

*
Offline Offline

Location: The forums.
Joined: Apr 6, 2016
Posts: 7
"The instrument of the gods"


View Profile
« Reply #121 on: May 25, 2016, 02:21PM »

Jim Langenburg fixed a nasty dent on one of my horns for $20. Looks beautiful. Nice guy, for anyone in northern Illinois. http://www.brazenbandworks.com/
Logged

<insert signature here>
Yamaha Player
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Apr 20, 2014
Posts: 13

View Profile
« Reply #122 on: Jun 02, 2016, 06:44PM »

I recently had my catastrophically damaged slide repaired by The Slide Doctor (Ray Splawn) of 5290 Dunroven Way.Dawsonville, Georgia [ray @slidedr.com / www.slidedr.com] and he transformed my Yamaha YSL-8820 Xeno slide from a unusable hunk of brass into a better than new slide.   His price was VERY reasonable.  I hope I never require his services again but, if I do, I will gladly trust him with my horn.  I could not have expected more from any repairman.  He is very busy so be prepared to wait for your slide.  I waited six weeks but it was more than worth it.  I recommend him without reservation.
Logged
Jhereg

*
Offline Offline

Location: KCMO
Joined: Jun 12, 2009
Posts: 338

View Profile WWW
« Reply #123 on: Sep 29, 2016, 03:15PM »

Anyone have suggestions for repair folks in/near the following cities:

Albany, NY
Boston
Rochester, NY
Pittsburgh, PA

Logged

"Passion is born from earnestness.
Miracles have value precisely because you cause them."
BGuttman
Mad Chemist

*
*
Offline Offline

Location: Londonderry, NH, USA
Joined: Dec 12, 2000
Posts: 50989
"Almost Professional"


View Profile
« Reply #124 on: Sep 29, 2016, 03:30PM »

Here in metro Boston check Osmun Brass in Acton.  Jim Becker is my go-to man.

Also in Boston is Ken Pope.

For more routine work in Nashua New Hampshire is David Bailey.  If any of your woodwind friends need work, David is SUPER.  If you need any details feel free to PM or e-mail me.

Note that in previous posts here there are recommendations for Rochester and Pittsburgh.  For Rochester, look for a post by Radar.
Logged

Bruce Guttman
Solo Trombone, Hollis Town Band
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orch. President 2017-2018
slide advantage
*
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Apr 18, 2016
Posts: 746

View Profile WWW
« Reply #125 on: Sep 29, 2016, 04:05PM »

D/FW area has good trombone repairmen.

Eric Edwards
Eric Swanson

Bob Hester is down near Houston. He is very good too.
Logged
HouBassTrombone

*
Offline Offline

Location: Houston, TX
Joined: Nov 19, 2008
Posts: 2698
"Just play because you love to."


View Profile
« Reply #126 on: Sep 29, 2016, 04:52PM »

I don't mean to say anything bad but I thought Bob Hester had passed away? If I am wrong then I am very sorry.
Logged

Why am I not practicing?????
slide advantage
*
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Apr 18, 2016
Posts: 746

View Profile WWW
« Reply #127 on: Sep 29, 2016, 05:01PM »

I don't mean to say anything bad but I thought Bob Hester had passed away? If I am wrong then I am very sorry.
Just talked to him the other day and received emails this week too.

He is doing well.
 Good!
Logged
Jhereg

*
Offline Offline

Location: KCMO
Joined: Jun 12, 2009
Posts: 338

View Profile WWW
« Reply #128 on: Sep 29, 2016, 07:14PM »

Here in metro Boston check Osmun Brass in Acton.  Jim Becker is my go-to man.

Also in Boston is Ken Pope.

For more routine work in Nashua New Hampshire is David Bailey.  If any of your woodwind friends need work, David is SUPER.  If you need any details feel free to PM or e-mail me.

Note that in previous posts here there are recommendations for Rochester and Pittsburgh.  For Rochester, look for a post by Radar.

Thank you Bruce!
I'm sorry about that, I trolled very carefully for Albany and Boston but was less careful for Rochester and Pitt. I'll go back and look again.  Good!
Logged

"Passion is born from earnestness.
Miracles have value precisely because you cause them."
HouBassTrombone

*
Offline Offline

Location: Houston, TX
Joined: Nov 19, 2008
Posts: 2698
"Just play because you love to."


View Profile
« Reply #129 on: Sep 29, 2016, 07:27PM »

That is great to hear! He did repair on my horns years ago and I must have just heard wrong! Great guy!
Logged

Why am I not practicing?????
Emisaumell

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Oct 22, 2016
Posts: 81

View Profile
« Reply #130 on: Nov 28, 2016, 12:09AM »

South Florida?
Logged
Rennaisongsman
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Nov 29, 2016
Posts: 12

View Profile
« Reply #131 on: Nov 30, 2016, 07:37AM »

Waterloo is in North Central Iowa, but Merlin Grady's shop is right off US 20 and only 266 miles east of Sioux City according to the official Iowa map.  Not a long trip from most places in eastern Nebraska-western Iowa.  He's a master tech-- see the endorsements--http://merlingrady.com/testimonials.html.

One more vote for Merlin.  He's looking at retirement, so make sure you sweeten the pot and gush a little.  But yes, he's very good!
Logged
puma

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: May 28, 2001
Posts: 3440

View Profile
« Reply #132 on: Nov 30, 2016, 08:05AM »

I recently had my catastrophically damaged slide repaired by The Slide Doctor (Ray Splawn) of 5290 Dunroven Way.Dawsonville, Georgia [ray @slidedr.com / www.slidedr.com] and he transformed my Yamaha YSL-8820 Xeno slide from a unusable hunk of brass into a better than new slide.   His price was VERY reasonable.  I hope I never require his services again but, if I do, I will gladly trust him with my horn.  I could not have expected more from any repairman.  He is very busy so be prepared to wait for your slide.  I waited six weeks but it was more than worth it.  I recommend him without reservation.
I just got my Edwards T350 slide back from Ray last month. Although not catastrophic, the slide has not been serviced since 2004. It is in great condition, and the shipping process was very easy and reasonably priced. Ray included a detailed list of each item checked and/or repaired (bowed outer and inner tubes, geometry correction to the hand slide, adjusted brace bar, etc.) He also greased and cleaned the removable lead pipe, realigned the water key, replaced the pad and spring, rubber crook bumper, adn felts in each cork barrel. The whole process took about 5 weeks, but was well worth the wait.
Logged
SKAzz

*
Offline Offline

Location: Baltimore, MD
Joined: Dec 12, 2011
Posts: 205

View Profile WWW
« Reply #133 on: Dec 13, 2016, 06:40AM »

Is there any good repair techs in Baltimore/DC?   

I have a 2B SS i would like to have a slide built for, and a 2B that I'd like them the check out some of the acid bleed on.  (unless its red rot)
Logged

-Chris
greenbean
*
Offline Offline

Location: California
Joined: Dec 26, 2012
Posts: 1524
"Brass Kahuna"


View Profile
« Reply #134 on: Dec 13, 2016, 07:17AM »

Is there any good repair techs in Baltimore/DC?   

I have a 2B SS i would like to have a slide built for, and a 2B that I'd like them the check out some of the acid bleed on.  (unless its red rot)

Todd Clontz
Logged

--Holton TR180 (1974) / Holton VH-BASS
Johnston93

*
Offline Offline

Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: Nov 24, 2013
Posts: 173

View Profile WWW
« Reply #135 on: Dec 24, 2016, 04:20PM »

For those in and around CHICAGO:

 - http://www.danahoferbrassrepair.com/
Logged
snieckarz
*
Offline Offline

Location: St. Paul, MN
Joined: Jan 25, 2016
Posts: 157

View Profile
« Reply #136 on: Jan 27, 2017, 08:42AM »

Any recommendations for repair techs in Minnesota or Wisconsin? Thanks!
Logged
BGuttman
Mad Chemist

*
*
Offline Offline

Location: Londonderry, NH, USA
Joined: Dec 12, 2000
Posts: 50989
"Almost Professional"


View Profile
« Reply #137 on: Jan 27, 2017, 11:39AM »

Any recommendations for repair techs in Minnesota or Wisconsin? Thanks!

Brian Russell of Russell Winds (if he is still operating -- he's now with Schilke-Greenhoe)
M&W Custom

Both in Wisconsin, a little north of Chicago.
Logged

Bruce Guttman
Solo Trombone, Hollis Town Band
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orch. President 2017-2018
Frank Longino

*
Offline Offline

Location: Cary, NC
Joined: Dec 3, 2009
Posts: 206
"Perspective - Its the new black"


View Profile
« Reply #138 on: Mar 28, 2017, 10:05AM »

Great new(ish) tech in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.

Scott Sweeney of Sweeney Brass.  A great tech and an excellent bass and tenor trombone player.  The best slide tech I have ever had work on my horns.  He made a severely damaged, completely unplayable Olds Recording slide of mine playable again.  Also a great brass tech in general.  He did some great work on my King 1241 tuba.  Check him out.

http://www.sweeneybrass.com/

Logged

Less is not more.  Less is less. That's why they call it less... more or less.
daveyboy37

*
Online Online

Location: New Jersey, USA
Joined: Nov 24, 2005
Posts: 4393

View Profile
« Reply #139 on: Mar 30, 2017, 08:30AM »

Just got my Kanstul 1570 slide back from Eric Edwards, and he did a phenomenal job, both structurally and cosmetically. Turn around time was good, and he was able to source the kanstul slide tube. He was great to work with, and I would highly recommend him to anyone. I'm in NJ, and shipped my slide out to him to be fixed.
Logged

David Sullivan
Bass Trombone - Livingston Symphony Orchestra
Horns: Bach 39, King 3B, Yamaha YSL-640, Bach 42T, Kanstul 1570CR, Kanstul 1588CR, Yamaha YBL-612RII
MPCS: Faxx 7C, Hammond 11ML, Laskey 59MD, Laskey 85MD.
ssking2b

*
Offline Offline

Location: Chester, VA
Joined: Sep 27, 2011
Posts: 324
"Trombone - the final frontier..."


View Profile WWW
« Reply #140 on: Apr 05, 2017, 05:27AM »

I want to point out that the slide doctor, Ray Splawn, takes in the slides from all over the country, if not the world. Anyone can ship him a slide and expect to get it back better than it ever was new. I have been using their service since Dr. Upchurch, the original slide doctor, started it many years ago. My advice is to call first and find out what kind of schedule they are on so that you can get your slide out and back in a timely fashion . The slide doctor can also sell you for a very reasonable price a wooden and the foam case to ship your slide in. It's worth twice the money and is very well protected.

 If you can afford the one to five weeks it will take to get your slides done by the slide doctor, do it! It's the best I have ever run across in my 40 years as a professional player. You will know the exact cost going into it and coming out of it . They have a guarantee: if it's not right, or done to the level of your satisfaction as they said it would be, you don't have to pay for the work. They've never had anyone not pay...it's always that good.
Logged

Visit my web site at http://www.pjonestrombone.com 

XO Brass Artist Philip Jones
bonearzt

*
Offline Offline

Location: Denton-Dallas/Ft.Worth TX
Joined: Oct 23, 2004
Posts: 4097
"UTEP Alumni/Legend in my own mind!"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #141 on: Apr 05, 2017, 05:56AM »

Just got my Kanstul 1570 slide back from Eric Edwards, and he did a phenomenal job, both structurally and cosmetically. Turn around time was good, and he was able to source the kanstul slide tube. He was great to work with, and I would highly recommend him to anyone. I'm in NJ, and shipped my slide out to him to be fixed.

Thank you David!!!




Eric
Logged

Eric, Leandra, Sara, Jared & Lily
Edwards
"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has faded!"
"If you're doing something a certain way ONLY because it's always been done that way,  you're probably doing it wrong!"
ckingfournier
*
Offline Offline

Location: MN
Joined: Oct 25, 2011
Posts: 32

View Profile
« Reply #142 on: Apr 05, 2017, 06:03AM »

Minneapolis/St. Paul area: Eric Peterson.

Hands down the best repair tech I've worked with, been going to him for over a decade. Absolute genius, super nice guy, and very reasonably priced.

I had him build my Bach Corp. 42 project (thayer install, new slide outer tubes, custom tuning slide/leadpipe, new slide end crook) and it was phenomenal. He's also gotten me out of a bind with lots of last minute work before.
Logged

@ckingfournier on Instagram.
salsabone
*
Offline Offline

Location: Bear, Delaware
Joined: Sep 22, 2003
Posts: 963

View Profile
« Reply #143 on: Apr 09, 2017, 05:49PM »

What techs would you recommend in the Philly, Del county, northern Del area.  I am specifically looking for those techs that can handle rotor servicing and repair and fixing solder joints on a horn.  Thanks,
Kevin
Logged

Go for the The Topper you wimps!!!
Rich C
*
Offline Offline

Location: Philly area
Joined: Nov 4, 2008
Posts: 147

View Profile
« Reply #144 on: Apr 09, 2017, 06:00PM »

Kevin,  Marc at Accent Music does a decent job.  He works out of their store on Kirkwood Highwy.
Logged
Larry Preston Roberson
*
Offline Offline

Location: Georgia
Joined: May 24, 2016
Posts: 138

View Profile
« Reply #145 on: Apr 09, 2017, 09:43PM »

I want to point out that the slide doctor, Ray Splawn, takes in the slides from all over the country, if not the world. Anyone can ship him a slide and expect to get it back better than it ever was new. I have been using their service since Dr. Upchurch, the original slide doctor, started it many years ago. My advice is to call first and find out what kind of schedule they are on so that you can get your slide out and back in a timely fashion . The slide doctor can also sell you for a very reasonable price a wooden and the foam case to ship your slide in. It's worth twice the money and is very well protected.

 If you can afford the one to five weeks it will take to get your slides done by the slide doctor, do it! It's the best I have ever run across in my 40 years as a professional player. You will know the exact cost going into it and coming out of it . They have a guarantee: if it's not right, or done to the level of your satisfaction as they said it would be, you don't have to pay for the work. They've never had anyone not pay...it's always that good.

+1 for the Slide Doctor

The Slide Doctor (Ray Splawn)can resurrect almost any slide. It's his specialty. I took a Bach 42 slide in that two other techs basically took a pass on. One quoted a minimum of $300 (if he could manage to save one inner tube) and the other said I should look for a another slide. They both have about 30 years experience a piece. They're both knowledgeable and highly recommended, but didn't think it could be done. Ray did it, saving the original parts, for his basic "setup" ($145) price.
Logged
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 8 [All]   Go Up
Print
Jump to: