Trumpet Technicians in America

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetlore, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. trumpetlore

    trumpetlore Pianissimo User

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    With the new lines of Yamaha Xeno instruments that have come out, Yamaha offers the opportunity to go to their "Artist Services" buildings and work directly with designers Wayne Tenabe, and Bob Malone. Having worked with both of these guys, I can say that they are true craftsmen. They know their art/business, and can make any trumpet play, and feel how the customer desires. They can take an ok horn, and make it feel like gold

    I'm wondering if technicians of this calibre exist elsewhere in the United States (or in Europe for that matter). People who don't just construct horns, but know how to alter the horn to really fit the player. I'd like to get some work done on my schilke picc for example, but don't think I could take it to Yamaha to get it done...

    Are there other people out there capable of this alchemy?
     
  2. bagmangood

    bagmangood Forte User

    Dick Akwright in Oakland really knows his stuff
    Jim Becker at Osmun music in Boston also really knows his stuff
    those are the first two that come to mind for me
     
  3. Solar Bell

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  4. Solar Bell

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    Trumpetlore,

    I notice you are from NY.

    There is another VERY good technician in your area, Josh Landress.

    He has done work for friends of mine in the NY area and come very highly recommended.

    Welcome to J. Landress Brass



    -cw-
     
  5. TrentAustin

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    imo Jim
    Becker at osmun is the best. hands down!
     
  6. ecarroll

    ecarroll Artist in Residence Staff Member

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    Guys,

    Just to clairify what Jeremy is asking for, he's searching for someone with ears, not simply am excellent repairman/technician. I think, by the way, that Wayne would tweak a Schilke piccolo (?) Write to him and ask.

    Maybe the others, Jim in particular, have this skill as well...

    Best,
    EC
     
  7. TrentAustin

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    Jim has great ears....
     
  8. trumpetlore

    trumpetlore Pianissimo User

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    Sorry everybody,
    Ed caught my meaning as usual.
    I'm not just looking for a repair guy, I'm looking for those repair men that know what to do when a player says "the response is slow" "the notes are too fishy in this range" or "it feels stuffy here". they know how to alter the horn a little to fix these things. Not just slapping on a different lead pipe or bell, but the real workings of the horn.

    Wayne and Bob can make pretty much any horn suited to the player. I assume there's other guys out there "with ears" as Ed says, who can do this? Part of why I ask is for myself, but also for others out there who aren't playing on Yamaha horns, and would like to get some of this kind of work done. It'd be good for us to have a bit of a database to know where this can be done, and where.
     
  9. Solar Bell

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    I still go with Charlie Melk, a long time player and technician.

    Eclipse recommended Jim Becker to work on Eclipse in the US.


    -cw-
     
  10. MFfan

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    Check out my post in Vintage Trumpets/cornets, thread, Holton New Proportion. Whole bunch of them together.
     
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