Regional Clinic - Buena Park, CA
January 27, 2018

Contact Information:
Jeff Peterson
Phone:   714.522.9821
Location:   [ Map Link ]

Yamaha Corporation of America - Los Angeles Atelier
6600 Orangethorpe Ave
Buena Park, CA   90620

Directions:  Arrive through the east truck entrance towards the loading docks. There is a blue awning on the right side with a sign above that reads: Los Angeles Atelier.

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Harmony Clarinet Basics
Chris Arent

Techniques for repairing harmony clarinets from Playing Conditions to Overhauls. This clinic will discuss repair techniques common to all harmony clarinets and spotlight on problems unique to the various brands including:
  • Bundy/Selmer bridge key adjustments
  • Bundy/Selmer Pivot screws and rods
  • Improving response on Vito bass clarinets
  • Bell "E-flat" keys
  • Double "F/C" keys
  • Register key issues (all brands)
  • Pad Selection
  • Tenon corks and washers
  • Key swedging
  • Adjustments

Bring questions and "problem horns".

Chris Arent earned degrees in Music Education and Theory/Composition while studying saxophone at Michigan State University. After a brief foray in public school and private studio teaching, Chris took an apprenticeship at Meridian Winds in East Lansing, MI. Chris has worked for Don Wilson Music Co. in Lexington, KY and has been shop manager at Ted Brown Music Co. in Tacoma, WA since 2001.

Chris is a Certified Straubinger technician and has presented several sessions for NAPBIRT at Annual Conferences and Regional Clinics. He also gives local clinics on maintenance and repairs and is an active saxophonist in the Tacoma area.

Solving Slides and Trombone Tips
Tim Adelson

"Slide" into your seat for this clinic where Tim will be taking us through a detailed exploration of all aspects of trombone repair. Topics will include cleaning methods, dent repair techniques and slide straightening (including tube replacement). Deeper dives will be taken into soldering procedures and equipment as well as the when, where, why and how of burnishing.

With more than 15 years of experience, Tim Adelson is a seasoned brass repair and woodwind technician. As a trumpet player with a passion for music, Tim began his repair experience in 1998 apprenticing with Nick Rail. In 2003, he attended California State University of Northridge to study music and business, while maintaining his full-time career in brass repair. In 2004, Tim and fellow Nick Rail associate, Neil Adams, built and organized the Agoura Hills repair shop location.

For the last eight years, Tim has been the primary repair tech for the Agoura Hills location servicing the SoCal student and professional community from school repair on a budget to intricate, high-end professional service.

Tiny Terrors, Better Known as Piccolos
Lee Hirschmann

They're so small and cute, right? Then why do so many technicians cringe when the we see that little petite case is unzipped from its leather carrying bag. Maybe it's because we've been to a few too many flute shows where they are being tested. Perhaps you've worked in one too many emergency repair booths at local marching competitions. (More likely it's because we know this instrument has been used to conjure satanic beasts, torture animals and technician's ears alike for far too long.)

This clinic will cover common piccolo ailments/issues and their cures, new tone hole tools, pad selection/options and will be packed full of tips and tricks to make life easier when piccolos find their way onto your bench. We will draw on our knowledge and techniques from other instruments as well as incorporate new techniques and ideas. There will be a PowerPoint full of videos and pictures, along with tools to be passed around. Also, there will be live demonstrations. Even though this clinic will primarily be based on piccolos, there will be some discussion and cross-over to other woodwind instruments.

Lee Hirschmann grew up in a very mechanically inclined and musical family. Since the 6th grade, he knew that he wanted to build and repair musical instruments. He has 20 years' experience playing musical instruments, 11 years of retail experience and has worked in every aspect of music retail from managing music stores, teaching private lessons, repairs, sales, customer service and having his own repair business for stringed instruments. Lee has been building guitars since 2003.

In 2007, Lee graduated from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and started Hirschmann's Guitar Repair, servicing instruments for private customers and many local music stores, studios and local music venues. In addition to repairing, he continued building custom and prototype guitars for Pat Murray Guitar Co.

In 2011, Lee graduated from Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Red Wing's BIRT program. After graduation, he worked at the Music & Arts refurb center in Frederick, MD. He worked full time at Bill's Music House. During his time at Bill's, he's hosted many back-to-school nights, guest taught and lectured at local colleges, hosted emergency repair services at adjudications and competitions, exhibited at MEA conferences. In June of 2016, Lee left Bill's Music house and dissolved Hirschman's Guitar Repair to start a new company "The Band Shoppe". Lee has been a proud and continuous member of NAPBIRT since 2012.

In Pursuit of the Perfect Repair
Wayne Tanabe

In the nearly 40 years I have been involved in band instrument repair, I have had the pleasure of meeting many fine technicians. Serving the various requirements of their clients, each technician aims to provide the perfect repair. What is perfect? Technicians aim for mechanical perfection, but that does not always lead to playing perfection. I will speak about the pursuit of mechanical perfection while fully considering the musician's experience with the instrument. What works on the bench does not always work in the player's hands.

We will cover precision measuring, precision mechanical work, and whether or not perfect is attainable or even desirable. A well-known bassoon builder has many times reminded us that perfect and correct are two different things. A favorite quote of mine is "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence."

Wayne Tanabe has been associated with brass instrument repair for the past 36 years, and founded The Brass Bow repair shop in 1983. With his former company Chicago Brass Works, he has also built a line of custom handmade trumpets.

Widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of brass instrument repair, he has served as a consultant for instrument design and development of components for various manufacturers. For the band instrument repair field, he has developed and refined the use of cryogenics, ultrasonic cleaning and magnetic dent removal.

Wayne is currently the Senior Technical Manager for Yamaha Artist Services in New York City and continues to be involved with repair as well as research and development of brass instruments and components.

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

Saturday:   January 27, 2018

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Harmony Clarinet Basics - Chris Arent
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Solving Slides and Trombone Tips - Tim Adelson
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Tiny Terrors, Better Known as Piccolos - Lee Hirschmann
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: In Pursuit of the Perfect Repair - Wayne Tanabe
  4:30 - Adjourn

--------[ Registration ]--------

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Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, January 6, 2018)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, January 7, 2018)
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I waive all claims for damage and/or loss to my person or property which may be caused by an act, or failure to act of NAPBIRT, it's officers, directors, agents, or employees and the hosts and clinicians. I understand that there are inherent dangers in working with tools and repairing instruments and I assume the risk of all dangerous conditions in and about such clinics and waive any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions.