Regional Clinic - Kansas City, MO
November 19, 2016

Contact Information:
Matt Simianer
Phone:   308.631.8370
Location:   [ Map Link ]

B.A.C. Music - Manufacturing Plant
1219 Lydia Ave
Kansas City, MO   64106

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Screws and Hinge Rods, Precision Key Fitting and Flute Clutch Pins
Larry Gerhardt

These clinics will encompass all the subjects of the title and it seems logical, (to me, anyway), to present this clinic broken into a Part I and a Part II session rather than 2 independent clinics, since all of these are related to each other. This will enable us to move back and forth between the related subjects as necessary and as Q & A may require. There should be plenty of time for Q & A.

The Screws and Hinge Rods session will cover the anatomy and nomenclature of the screws common to woodwind instruments, dimensioning for duplication, different types of screws and rods, necessary tools and equipment, thread pitch measurements and some standard and metric conversions.

Precision Key Fitting is an extension of the Screws and Hinge Rods clinic and really needs to be included here. We can get into the different key fitting methods as needed or requested. There has usually been quite a bit of Q & A when I have presented this clinic at Regional Clinics and National Conferences.

OK, Flute Clutch Pins (#!^%"#@#!). I see so many buggered pins and keys from removal and replacement! This clinic will go through MY procedure for removing pins without leaving evidence of removal, making new pins that duplicate original fit and feel, fitting the pins to remove all lost motion in the assembly and properly installing for easy removal as future repairs may require. The end result will be a finished pin that fits and looks factory original - all in less than five minutes with no frustration. (after performing just a couple of these repairs, of course)

Larry Gerhardt attended Missouri Western State University (St. Joseph, 1973-1977) working on music education degree when he decided in his last year that classroom teaching wasn't for him. He apprenticed (brass, woodwind and non-fretted strings) in St. Joseph, MO at Eshelman's Music House beginning in December 1973, under Vernon Ernst and Kenneth Thompson and was hired as a part-time repair tech in January 1975. He received further training in background woodwinds in Mason City, IA with Everett Boyer in the summer of 1975 and was hired as full-time tech at Eshelman's Music House later that year.

He took a brass and woodwind position in a five tech shop at The Music Box in North Kansas City 1979, was there until 1983 when he opened Gerhardt Music Service in St. Joseph, MO which grew into a full line music store. Larry sold his business to Palen Music in 2004 and continued to work their repair shop at that location. The new owners closed the store after operating nine months and he stayed in that location just performing repairs for several of their other stores/road reps. In October 2008, Larry opened his new shop, Gerhardt Music, LLC

Larry has been a NAPBIRT member since 1989 and is a respected technician and clinician. He has served as NAPBIRT state secretary for MO, has attended numerous NAPBIRT Conferences and Regional Clinics. Larry also has assisted as an exhibitor for Ferree's Tools at winter NAMM shows since 2002.

Trombone Handslides
Mike Corrigan

Straightening trombone slides has always been and continues to be somewhat of an art form. You have two dissimilar metal tubes sliding against each other. Even when both the inner and outer tubes are straight and clean, they can sometimes be sluggish. In this clinic, Mike will work with technicians on perfecting their handslide straightening, dent removal and finishing skills. In addition, he will delve into his techniques for crook unsoldering and repair, and tube installation techniques.

Please bring a clean, ready-to-repair handslide with you.

New Age Business Techniques: Growing Your Business In The 21st Century
Mike Corrigan / Matt Simianer

Now that you have your business up and running, you have to get the word out. Simply putting up a sign is not enough. In today's world, there are many ways to advertise your business. History shows that word-of-mouth is a very effective way to let people know about you and your services. Other ways are print media, radio, flyers, social media, websites, etc. Should you only select a few methods or utilize all of them?

In this clinic, we will discuss how you can best maximize your time and money to let the public know you exist. Having a good plan and executing it properly will ensure that your business will survive in today's competitive market. We will also discuss the constant struggle of "Mom and Pop shops" and how to combat the giant music stores. At the end of this clinic, we will open up for questions, answers and general discussion.

Coming originally out of the Minnesota State College SE Tech program in Red Wing, Class of 2000, Mike Corrigan has established a positive reputation in both the world of brass repairs and manufacturing. After a four-year apprenticeship at S.E. Shires Company Custom Brass Instruments, under Steve Shires and Chuck Shepard, Corrigan relocated to the Kansas City Metro area to start his own pro-winds repair and modification shop, B.A.C. Horn Doctor, Inc. Over the years, Corrigan has worked within the music industry in a consulting capacity, craftsman or quality control for: Greenhoe Custom Valves and Components, Eastman Winds, Calicchio Custom Trumpets, Earl Williams Custom Trombones, Conn-Selmer, Dynasty, Jupiter and Yamaha. In 2007, Corrigan officially released his own line of handmade Sackbuts, reproducing original examples from the 16th Century. Shortly following, he announced his efforts in designing his own, custom small bore jazz trombones. Working with top musicians such as Elliot Mason of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wynton Marsalis and Troy Andrews (AKA 'Trombone Shorty') of New Orleans, Corrigan's horns have quickly gained wide acclaim. In 2010, B.A.C. Musical Instruments was founded and now offers (in addition to their handmade custom trombones and trumpets) an imported line of professional trombones, trumpets and a full line of entry level wind instruments.

--------[ Schedule ]--------

Saturday:   November 19, 2016

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Screws, Rods, Key Fitting, Clutch Pins - Part 1 - Larry Gerhardt
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Screws, Rods, Key Fitting, Clutch Pins - Part 2 - Larry Gerhardt
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Trombone Slides - Mike Corrigan / Matt Simianer
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: New Age Business Techniques - Mike Corrigan / Matt Simianer
  4:30 - Adjourn

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Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, November 5, 2016)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, November 6, 2016)
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