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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:54 am    Post subject: Good Brass repair in San Francisco? Reply with quote

We recently sold a classic LB Martin Committee in great shape to someone in SF and of course the gorillas at UPS managed to damage the horn despite a very good packing job....not good enough obviously. This is the first horn damaged in shipping in over 20 years. Anyway, there is a small dent in the bell bow and the bell/valve casing brace also came un soldered. Just a soft solder joint, the brace is still intact.

The buyer apparently does not have a favored repair shop so I am looking for some leads for him. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.agmusic.com/html/repairs.html

This was Dick Ackright's shop in Oakland.(built the Severinson trumpets) I think he is retired but they seem to still be in business. I'd call and ask if any of Dick's former apprentices are running the shop.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed Kennedy wrote:
http://www.agmusic.com/html/repairs.html

This was Dick Ackright's shop in Oakland.(built the Severinson trumpets) I think he is retired but they seem to still be in business. I'd call and ask if any of Dick's former apprentices are running the shop.

The shop name is actually Best Instrument Repair and is downstairs from AG music. The retail store is AG Music. The Severinson trumpet was called the Bel Canto.

I have used Best Instrument Repair in the past and would recommend them too.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LittleRusty wrote:
Ed Kennedy wrote:
http://www.agmusic.com/html/repairs.html

This was Dick Ackright's shop in Oakland.(built the Severinson trumpets) I think he is retired but they seem to still be in business. I'd call and ask if any of Dick's former apprentices are running the shop.

The shop name is actually Best Instrument Repair and is downstairs from AG music. The retail store is AG Music. The Severinson trumpet was called the Bel Canto.

I have used Best Instrument Repair in the past and would recommend them too.


Both stores share space downstairs these days.

That said, I take work there all the time. Ask for Brian.

Lionell Emdee - yourbrass here on TH - is also excellent and just a few minutes south on SF. He has also done work for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Highly recommend Lionel Emde of https://yourbrass.com/ in Pacifica, just South of SF.

He’s done superb work for me including restoration of vintage trumpets and cornets.

His website gives a good look at his work.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At Best Instrument Repair in Oakland (a.k.a. AG Music), the brass tech is Bryan Morgan. I have trusted him with valuable horns old and new. Apropos to your situation, I have also play-tested a Committee he restored. Highly recommended. The tradition at Best Repair is deep.

I have not met Lionel Emde (yourbrass), but only because he's much further from my home. But I took a trip to Hornucopia where I believe he does the restorations, and it's a treasure chest of beautiful old horns in beautiful condition. He's also uniformly informed and positive on this site.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lionel does work in Hornucopia's shop. I don't think he is there every day so call ahead if you decide to visit. I believe Sandy, the owner, is there everyday. At least she was before the pandemic.

Hopefully Lionel will chime is with the true facts.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also recommend Bronstein Music in south SF. Great people, great prices.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaw04 wrote:
I also recommend Bronstein Music in south SF. Great people, great prices.

I purchased instruments through Bronstein, but have never used their repair services.

There is also Peninsula Music and its sister store Park Avenue music, but they are in Palo Alto and San Jose respectively. I have used their tech for a couple of minor things in the past.

There is someone in Santa Cruz that some of my brass friends really like.

There is also someone mid peninsula that I used once but I don't remember the name. A friend with a triple horn recommended that shop.

Plenty of techs in the bay area if you are willing to drive a little.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're still here at Hornucopia four days a week. I take in instruments between 11 AM - 1 PM, Tues. - Friday at the back door only. No one is allowed in, I'm hoping that will change soon when all vaccinations are complete!

My direct line is 650-738-9120, call or text before coming by in case of schedule changes.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish everyone who played my 1925 Vega throughout its life could see it now. Here are some pix Lionel Emde took as he transformed it from a pile of parts to a thing of jaw-dropping beauty.

https://lionelemde.smugmug.com/Jims-Vega-trumpet-
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Jim.
I would just say that the left menu offers comments, I have made comments if anyone wants to read them.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are all great choices. There's also Joel Ryan at Allegro Music in Fremont. That's who I use. Joel does outstanding work and also designs horns.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a small shop on San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley that's getting rave reviews on Yelp. I have not had any experience with this gentleman's work, but it seems others have been satisfied.

I think the main problem is that there are too few places to go in an area with 4 million people!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another (late) voice for Best Instrument Repair. I have been doing business with Dick and his crew for the last 35 years. Although he's 'retired', Dick still sticks his head in to make sure things are going smoothly. Bryan Morgan is running things now and is an excellent craftsman and repairman. I trust them with all of my horns without any reservation.
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