BrassLab in NYC

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by jamesfrmphilly, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. jamesfrmphilly

    jamesfrmphilly Piano User

    Oct 31, 2003
    the north philly ghetto
    good brass tech.........

    532 west 25th St.
    NYC, NY 10001

    212 243 7180
  2. dbacon

    dbacon Mezzo Piano User

    Oct 24, 2003
    Scottsdale, AZ.
    How about some details? Who are the repair guys? How's the equpiment?

    Can they silver plate?


    Re-build valves, do they have a valve-honing machine?

    Who owns it?

    Web site?

    It's nice to get on and say "nice," that's not very informative.

    If you had some work done there, tell us about it.
  3. jamesfrmphilly

    jamesfrmphilly Piano User

    Oct 31, 2003
    the north philly ghetto
    i took the old Martin that I'd gotten from Dillon's.

    i met Charles McAlexander in his shop.
    he had the top floor of an old building on the west side.
    he said he'd been doing brass instrument repair for over 30 years.
    he had a shop full of equipment, i don't know what it all was but you can contact him for specifics.

    he cleaned and inspected my horn.
    the felts were replaced and the valves were lined up.
    i had the lacquer removed and he made me a set of heavy valve caps from brass stock.
    he did the work while my girl and i had lunch and window shopped in Manhattan.

    as far as i can tell the horn now plays perfectly.
    it fells really good to me.
    it resonates like the Selmer TT i once tried.

    it has the raw brass look that i like.

    I'm no longer worrying about the horn and just focusing on trying to practice to get good enough to play the horn as it deserves to be played.
  4. dcstep

    dcstep Mezzo Piano User

    Nov 27, 2003
    That's great! The old Committees are wonderful when they're working correctly. I agree with the comparision to the TT. I think the Committees are a little darker in genreal, but they can really resonate with the best of them.

    Thanks for the report.

  5. JohnL

    JohnL Pianissimo User

    Jan 17, 2004
    BrassLab, NYC

    If Chuck MacAlexander can't do it for you, you don't need it done. He is the top brass instrument repair guy in the NYC/NJ Metro area. I speak from twenty some years of experience.
  6. jamesfrmphilly

    jamesfrmphilly Piano User

    Oct 31, 2003
    the north philly ghetto

    i paid $700 for the beat up Martin at Dillon's.
    i paid another $130 to have BrassLab tune it up.

    my cost was $830 for a horn that i would not trade for any boutique horn out there.

    score one for the bottom feeders! 8)
  7. cmavis

    cmavis New Friend

    Oct 15, 2011
    The Brasslab has moved, and we would love to hear from all of you. Our new address:
    221 McKibbin St. Unit 18
    Brooklyn, NY 11206
    718 381-4724

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