Trumpet Technicians in America

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

  1. bigtiny

    bigtiny Mezzo Forte User

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    I don't know the other guys mentioned, or their work, so don't take this as a criticism of them, but I can definitely recommend Jim Becker. He's my go to guy for all things trumpet related.

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  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    It is going to be pretty tough to make a Schilke better. I know that Osmun does picc leadpipes and has quite a bit of experience there. I can't think of anything that would be worth the effort on a Schilke. I asked them at a music fair if they would consider doing a picc with a gold brass bell. The only thing that I don't like about the P5 and P7 is the laser sound compared to the rotary piccs that I am used to.
     
  3. TrumpEd

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    This maybe just for bagmangood or TrentAustin, but is there anyone or anything left of Tottle's? (Under the union bldg. in Boston)
     
  4. flugelgirl

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    I think Tottle sold to D'orio - a couple of friends of mine play on those. They're from somewhere in the RI area, I believe......
     
  5. Brass crusader

    Brass crusader Mezzo Piano User

    Trumpetlore,
    I play/study in Rochester, and live in Buffalo. There are a number of great techs in NY and the East Coast, but everyone here has reccomended a lot of great people. I know that Joe Pera in Webster does good work, and carries a multitude of horns. I know that my teacher gets his work done in Rochester as well, but I don't know who that is.

    Good Luck, and do you play professionaly with anyone in Rochester?
     
  6. bigtiny

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    tottle is a tragic story. The younger brother Nick, used to be my roomate. The father died, the older brother (who think is now dead) hated the business and had a serious heroin problem. Nick tried to run and expand the business for a while, but eventually they sold everything...I'm not sure who they sold it to.

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  7. trumpetlore

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    I'm doing my Masters at Eastman, so I don't have a lot of pro gigs. The market in Rochester for trumpet players is already overloaded.

    Pera is a wonderful guy, I went to his place a couple weeks back and got a mouthpiece, and a couple mutes. I didn't try to work with him on some of the real subtleties of the instrument though. I'm sure he's a great repair man, and great with certain areas of rebuilding, but I haven't experienced his work enough to know if he the shaman touch on a trumpet the way Malone has...
     
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  8. Ed Kennedy

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    Steve (Dr Valve) Winans in Chicago area and Ken Larsen in Michigan.
     
  9. Brass crusader

    Brass crusader Mezzo Piano User

    Yes, Joe is a great guy, even though he can convince us to buy just about anything.
    I study with Herb Smith at Eastman. Do you know Matt Osika? He was my very first teacher, and a current grad student at Eastman.
     

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