Instrument Repair Technician

Tim Luranc grew up in San Diego with his father, an educator, playing music in the house all of the time.  His dad wanted to play a guitar with some of the popular music of the day, such as folk music.  His dad didn't play the guitar as much as he had hoped but young Tim took a liking to the...
Emilio Lyons would often have his well-known customers such as Stan Getz and Benny Carter meet him at his home whenever they needed work done on their saxophone. Emilio was the manager for a music store in Boston while also repairing instruments whenever he could. Over the years he built a...
Bob Malone is one of the leading experts of band and orchestra instruments in the United States who is currently working as Director of the Ateliers in Los Angeles for Yamaha Corporation of America. Bob became one of the most noted band instrument repairmen in Southern California, where he opened a...
Scott Mandeville is a well regarded band instrument repairman who has developed into a noted teacher and expert, serving other repairman through his classes, sessions and writings for NAPBIRT (the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians). Scott is the owner of Tim’s...
Vincent Marinelli played saxophone during the rock-and-roll era as well as oboe for several orchestras and symphonies.  All along he taught music.  His passion for musical instruments lead to opening a repair shop that ultimately became a music retail store.  Expert Woodwind Services, Inc., was...
Danny Marquez began playing drums in his father's church from the age of four!  One day as a teenager he walked into Chafin Musiccenter in Lake Worth, Florida for a set of sticks.  While holding the sticks he worked up the nerve to ask if there were any job openings in the store.  He began working...
Vince Massimino was surrounded by music growing up as both of his parents taught music. His father was also a composer who wrote educational music. As a result, Vince played in bands (with his father in the early days) at dances and for weddings, and he estimates he has performed at over 1,000...
Bill Mathews is the Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT).  In that role Bill has expanded the organization’s meaningful education sessions offered during its annual conference, regional clinics, and unique hand-on training at...
Joe D McBrayer always took great pride in the craftsmanship he put into the servicing and restoration of pianos. In a career that began when he was a kid sweeping up the store, Joe D managed to do every job related to the buying, hauling, restoring and selling of pianos and organs. Ultimately, it...
Fred Melk was born the year his father and grandfather (Philip Sr and Jr) opened a small instrument repair shop in Milwaukee, WI. The year was 1956. Fred’s father became one of the country’s foremost authorities on band instruments and repair. In the days before NAPBIRT and other organizations...

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