Trumpet trimming service question.

Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by [email protected], Jan 25, 2009.

  1. GoodMusic@PA

    [email protected] Piano User

    Aug 7, 2008
    I found a trumpet trimming service on under the trumpet section. It says it will gold plate the inside of the bell, slides, and caps water keys etc. for $150, the guys name is David Williams in Tallahasee Florida, is this a scam? Does anyone have expirence with this music store? I wanna do this bcause this is cheap but are there any other services that are cheaper that do the same?
  2. scottlashbrook

    scottlashbrook New Friend

    Jan 2, 2009
    London UK
    Don't know this tech, so all I'll say is Gold is expensive, and you get what you pay for. Don't be tempted by anything that looks too good to be true, use a plater recommended by a colleague, friend, or tutor etc.
  3. Bay Area Brass

    Bay Area Brass Piano User

    Mar 2, 2007
    San Francisco
    $150 dollars actually sounds cheap for what he's going to do. Gold plating an entire trumpet these days costs well over $1000 these days.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
  4. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

    Oct 16, 2008
    I'd be very nervous about sending my horn to someone who claims to be abd trimming for $150. Either you'll never see the horn again, or the "gold" will be cheaply done. Hell, a gold accent kit for a Bach Strad (Top and bottom caps and valve stems) costs $100.

    If you call this guy make sure you get SEVERAL references and a breakdown of what he's charging for and why.

    Caveat Emptor...
  5. study888

    study888 Mezzo Forte User

    Aug 22, 2005
    Darlington S.C.
    Hello [email protected],I may be wrong,but I believe this is the music tech. called Georgia Peach. He advertises on E-Bay. I believe his name was David Williams. I was considering using him,till I read some comments about him on this site maybe, or on the Trumpet Herald site. I believe Ole Lou and some others had some bad dealings, of a long time of getting horns back, along with poor workmanship. Check it out,i do not want to wrongfully bad mouth any Music Tech. They are greatly needed and fewer people are being properley trained in the (ART) of musicial instrument repair. Try to use a NAPBIRT Tech. if possible,my Music Tech. is a NAPBIRT music tech along with being a Pro Tuba and Trombone player etc. Go on line and enter NAPBIRT Tech.,to find the closest one to you. If that person does no plating services,The Tech. can refer you to a proper trim plating company etc.
  6. oldlou

    oldlou Forte User

    Aug 28, 2005
    Grand Rapids, Mi.
    I would never again send even a plastic recorder to Dave Williams for any sort of work. If you want more details, send me an email.

  7. jackboyko

    jackboyko New Friend

    May 17, 2006
    Hi, I had my Schilke redone by him about a year ago, he did a great job. The time it took him to finish the horn wa a little long, but worth it in the long run. You can see his adds on ebay for refinishing and dent removal. Call him he is a OK guy in my eyes. Cheers; Jack
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Things too good to be true generally are just that. Buyer beware!
  9. GoodMusic@PA

    [email protected] Piano User

    Aug 7, 2008
    I see that most people are negative about this but there is one person that left a positive feedback of the experience with the person, but out of all these people, only two have actually used him and one says good one says bad, i don't know what to do but what would you do if you were left with these two choices?- 1. Buy new Bach 37 Strad trumpet with gold trim kit, and gold plating inside the bell(but no gold slides)2. Pay $150 plus shipping and get the above on your own Bach trumpet. 3. Pay $1000 for same as above with another person.- I'd go with choice two. so... tell me what you think....:dontknow:
  10. Trumpet guy

    Trumpet guy Forte User

    Feb 9, 2008
    I think there's been a mis-communication here
    I think gold trim is at about 300-400 dollars now by good technicians. Unless you find several accounts of people who have employed this person's inexpensive services with good and lasting results, you should be very wary of risking something expensive like a musical instrument on something you see online.

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