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cmac3317
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:14 am    Post subject: Overhauls Reply with quote

I just got an older Bach Vindabona that's in kind of rough shape (plays great though), and I need an overhaul... Who does the best and/or most cost-efficient overhauls? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would send my horn to one person and only one person....

Charlie Melk - he also knows more about Bach's than anyone I think.

Vindabona's are classics and I wish there were more of them out there. They have a very unique sound that I don't think has been recreated by any current or past step bore horn.

I know I am kicking myself for selling mine but I just couldn't afford to have it along with my other horns.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second that!

Charlie is phenominal! And quite easy to work with. He restored my '49 Committee and made it better than the factory.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leave Charlie alone!
He's busy.......
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A.N.A.Mendez wrote:
Leave Charlie alone!
He's busy.......


He must be!
When I bought mine in Early November 2008 The previous owner had Charlie do the complete overhaul on it and it is gorgeous! But the previous owner mailed it to me in the original case

NOTE: DO NOT EVER EVER EVER EVER DO THAT!!!!!

The horn moved around in the case and put a bad dent in the bell curve. I called Charlie and he said he would fix it but not to send it to him until early January '09. Partly because he was busy and partly because mine was going to have to be re-lacquered afer repairs and he wasn't going to be lacquering til the.
I sent it off and had it back in about a week and a half!
I'll say it again.... His reputation is WELL DESERVED!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never had any work done by Charlie, but his reputation on TH is sterling.

Also contact Jim Becker at Osmun...there are none better.
http://www.osmun.com/

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cmac - Lots of good folks out there for restoration.

The guy who did that C Radial is Bill Meyer at St Louis Woodwind and Brasswind. He does great work.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

forrest wrote:
cmac - Lots of good folks out there for restoration.

The guy who did that C Radial is Bill Meyer at St Louis Woodwind and Brasswind. He does great work.


I second that - Bill Meyers does incredible work!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom Green did this Bach 43H. His workmanship is as good as others mentioned here. Go to www.greensbuff.com and check out the pictures of various projects he has done.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Winans, aka Doctor Valve.

See http://www.doctorvalve.com/ for details.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pettifor's in Elkhart, Indiana does really nice overhauls. Not the fastest, not the cheapest, but really good.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom Greene's website:
http://www.greensbuffing.com/default.html
Excellent workmanship and attention to detail.
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