Trumpet repair

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by areichleal, May 25, 2010.

  1. areichleal

    areichleal New Friend

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    I live in rural IN and am having some trouble finding a shop to refurbish and laquer my circa 1966 Super Olds. Can anyone recommend a place to go? South Bend and Elkhart, IN are the closest "big" cities to the east of me and Chicago is less than an hour away to the west. Thanks, Al Reichle
     
  2. ChopsGone

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    Mark Metzler in Elkhart does beautiful restorations and lacquer work. Please leave him alone until he's through with my horns, though.
     
  3. lmf

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    areichleal.

    I agree with with ChopsGone. Mark has a great reputation for brass instrument restoration. Check out his website at:

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    Hope all goes well!

    Best wishes,

    Lloyd
     
  4. areichleal

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    Thanks, Chpos. I just emailed him. I am really excited about getting back into playing. It's been a while but I just retired and have nothing but "me" time. Hey, is there a good instructor in the area. I live in Valparaiso. Thanks, Al Reichle
     
  5. areichleal

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    Thanks, Lloyd. I just emailed Mark and am hoping to hear back soon. Al Reichle
     
  6. ChopsGone

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    N.B. - Mark mentioned that he was going to be out of the shop 5/21 - 5/27. I don't know whether he plans a long Memorial Day weekend (I certainly would), but don't get upset if you don't get an immediate response.
     
  7. strummy_funk

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    Al,

    Greetings from Fort Wayne. If I were looking for an instructor in the area, I'd go to Woodwind and Brasswind in South Bend. Their main store is there. They also have a website: www.wwbw.com I've always found them very helpful with suggestions. I know they have contract teachers on staff, and I'm sure they have a list of instructors in the area. (It's also about the best place in the region to buy supplies.) I'd also call the music department at Valparaiso University and ask about lessons from one of the trumpet faculty. Talk to several to find one that fits what you're after. A good teacher that you can bond with makes all the difference.

    Gary Johnson
     
  8. areichleal

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    Chops, he got back to me already and said he would be glad to bump you out so I could jump ahead!! LOL!!! I have heard from some others and it seems he is the man for the job. Thanks for your help. Mark said he didn't like to keep a lot of brass in the shop so he has me on the bottom of the list and will contact me when it's my turn. I am going to drive the horn over there as I really want to see his shop. I intend to take some digitials (if Mark is OK with it) so if you have never seen the place, I would be glad to send some to you. Again, thanks! Al Reichle
     
  9. vntgbrslvr

    vntgbrslvr Piano User

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    I'd have to concur that Mark Metzler is excellent. You won't be disappointed. Not only is he a great Brass Man...he's a good guy on top of it.
     
  10. areichleal

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    Thanks, funk. I'm a VU grad and can't believe it did not dawn on me to contact them. Man, I'm so glad I found this web site. Everyone has offered such great advice. Best, Al Reichle
     

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