I am starting this thread for people to list their Recommended or Favorite "Restoration & Repair Shops". There are several people that do very good work and why not make a list of them. When somebody needs work done they can search and refer to this master list. Lets post a picture of their work, some reasons why you like them, how to get hold of them, and let's keep it to actual experiences you as members have had. I will start.
Phillips Music Corp
17668 State Highway B
Kirksville, MO 63501
My 1938 York "Air Flow" Trumpet (top horn in picture) & 1939 York "Air Flow" Cornet (bottom horn in picture) restored by them.
Before shot of the 1939 York "Air Flow" Cornet bell damage
After, both horns
They are about 90 miles from my house. The reason why I picked them (over the other people and there were several) was on the recommendation of my local music store, they have been sending them instruments for 40 years for major restorations and repairs, it is a family owned business, been in business since about 1946, I saw their work and their work and feedback on EBay, good price for repairs, quick turn around time, and they really listened to me on what I wanted. On both horns, I wanted complete dent work and solder repair, but did not want a harsh polish job. I wanted the horns to shine but did not want to sacrifice any brass metal for the integrity of the horn and also change the voice of the horn. I also did not want the engraving dulled or smoothed out; I wanted it just as sharp as it came out of the factory. There were also creases in the bell of the cornet that went through the engraving and it had metal stress. I was very pleased with the work and would recommend them myself. At my request, they even did a custom lacquer tint job that made the horns look older. They have a very nice warm golden color like a horn about 15 to 20 years old. Since the horns are vintage, I did not want them to look like reproductions but beautiful mature ladies of class.