Regional Clinic - Fredericksburg, VA
SUNDAY - January 14, 2018

Contact Information:
Dan King
Email:   or
Phone:   540.891.7800
Location:   [ Map Link ]

KBI Music Shoppe
4950 Southpoint Dr
Fredericksburg, VA   22407

  • This clinic is being held on SUNDAY in order to not conflict with the US Navy Sax Symposium on Saturday.
  • Lodging information can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

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All About The Bass
Lee Hirschmann

This clinic will cover the set process of upright basses, common issues, repairs and modifications. We will also discuss the similarities between fretted instruments and other orchestral stringed instruments. This clinic will incorporate techniques from the luthier and the BIR world. There will be live demonstrations, hand-outs and a PowerPoint presentation.

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.

Demystifying Repair Issues On Baritone and Bass Saxophones
Curt Altarac, Ryan Walker, Sara Sipes

The Sax ProShop teams up for this clinic demystifying the baritone and bass saxophones to reveal their specialized techniques and exciting new modifications. We'll teach you about the special issues with these instruments and how to fix them. We'll also teach you how to completely pimp them out. Topics include:
* Double bell-to-body brace
* Three octave keys
* Extending, modifying and fabricating necks
* Left-hand table modifications
* Adding a low A key
* Tuning in the crook
* Money notes
* Low A setup
* Key flex
* Key weight
* Thumb rest
* Conn Front F
* Key noise and custom pads
* Shipping large instrument
* Clothing guards
Bass sax specific:
* Obtaining parts
* Work space
* Tuning
* Stuffy notes and octave keys
* Long D and what to do
* The People's Bass

Curt Altarac founded MusicMedic and the Sax ProShop in 2001, as a symbiotic relationship between supplies, tools, research and development, and practical application. Many of the tools and techniques he created are industry standards today. Curt also pioneered the methods of Tuning and Toning and created RooPads for sax and clarinet. He later founded a third branch of the business making woodwind pads. His current projects include making saxophone necks, developing the tooling to make his own line of saxophones and designing and importing The Wilmington series of affordable high quality woodwind instruments. Additionally, Curt shares his knowledge working as a clinician and consultant around the world.

Ryan Walker came from a background of working as a technician on all types of wind instruments, so he brings an excellent wholistic approach to the Sax ProShop. This is evident in his mechanical aptitude and innovative modifications. He also refinishes instruments to an extraordinary level, having studied under some of the world's finest engravers.

Sara Sipes is a world class saxophonist who shines in the finishing work of an Uberhaul. Her finesse can be felt from the meticulous padding and set-up; her highest standards for feel, intonation, tone and ergonomics allow the player to seamlessly translate their musicality into sound, uninhibited.

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

Sunday:   January 14, 2018

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: All About The Bass - Part 1 - Lee Hirschmann
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: All About The Bass - Part 2 - Lee Hirschmann
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Demystifying Repair Issues - Part 1 - Altarac, Walker, Sipes
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Demystifying Repair Issues - Part 2 - Altarac, Walker, Sipes
  4:30 - Adjourn

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

Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Thursday, January 4, 2018
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Friday, January 5, 2018)
  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
         (We accept: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You do not have to be a member of NAPBIRT to register. However, you will need to create an account with us in order to process your registration.
  • If you are a current member, make sure you are logged into the system. Otherwise, you will end up re-typing a lot of information that would automatically be inserted into the registration form.
  • If you are a previous member or you have attended a NAPBIRT clinic in the past, your name should already be in our database. Click Here to request your login information.

By registering for this event, I give my permission for NAPBIRT, Inc. to use, without limitation or obligations, photographs, film footage, or tape recordings which may include my image or voice for the purpose of promoting or interpreting NAPBIRT programs and services.

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.

--------[ Lodging ]--------

(not part of registration fee)
The following hotels are within walking distance from the store:

Sleep Inn - Southpoint     540.710.5500
5400 Southpoint Centre Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Holiday Inn Express     540.898.5550
5422 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Comfort Suites Fredericksburg South     540.891.1112
4615 Southpoint Pkwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22407