Regional Clinic - Lancaster, NY
October 10, 2015

Contact Information:
Trevor Roberts - Jessica Ganska
Phone:   716.683.4879
Location:   [ Map Link ]

Lancaster High School, Room 122
1 Forton Dr
Lancaster, NY   14086

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Flute Repair: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Dan Bainbridge

The flute, love it or hate it, it still makes up a large portion of the woodwind work load for the technician.

Part 1, The Good and the Bad:
In this session, we will discuss and examine techniques and tools used in the repair of flute family instruments. Good, bad, new, old, overly cautious, overly expedient and archaic will be investigated.

The goal of this session is to explore and evaluate techniques and tools as to their safety for the flute and the technician, their reliability and their profitability.

Part 2, the Ugly:
We all have them ... horror stories about repairing flutes. Bring your best story so we can discuss, share and learn as a group.

Dan Bainbridge was raised in the farming community of Paso Robles, CA. An outstanding trombonist, Dan received the coveted John Phillip Sousa award in high school. After attending Long Beach City College where he served as principal trombonist in the orchestra, he began his musical instrument repair training at Renton Technical College, graduating in 1982. He served seven years on the Band Instrument Repair Technology program advisory committee where he was integral in re-shaping the BIRT curriculum and a guiding force in the program’s current direction. Before becoming the fulltime instructor, Dan taught advanced woodwind repair techniques at Renton Technical College.

Prior to his appointment as instructor, Dan worked in the band instrument repair and service industry for over twenty-five years. He spent much of the past fifteen years doing repair work for discriminating amateur and professional musicians. A Straubinger Certified flute technician, his repair skills on woodwind instruments are highly regarded throughout the Greater Seattle area.

Dan has been a presenter at multiple NAPBIRT events, both regional and national, sharing his knowledge and experience with his peers.

Dan’s hobbies include photography, ballroom dancing and building model airplanes. Dan has served for more than 20 years on the board of directors of his church.

Picks & Tricks
Lee Hirschmann

The main focus and topic is to help bridge the gap between Luthiery & BIR. My intention and hope is that this clinic will help encourage technicians to diversify and continue to learn new things, bettering ourselves and our clientele. This clinic will showcase useful techniques, tricks and tools that can be used in any musical repair field, from using Ferree's Nylon tubing to installing electronics in guitars to using flute pad felts as washers. Certainly, everyone will be sure to learn something.

Topics of discussion will include; crack repair, glues and solvents, specialty tools and clamps, making tools from simple items, vendors, basic fret work, nut and saddle work and much more. We will discuss and learn transferable ideas from the string world to the land of winds. It will be broken up into two parts: Part 1: Brass & Luthiery; Part 2: Woodwind & Luthiery. Each clinic session should allow ample time for Q&A. There will be a PowerPoint slide presentation with some demo videos. In addition, handouts will be given to those in attendance. This clinic is great for any skill level in brass repair, woodwind repair and luthiery.

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 and for B.C. Rich and Hallmark Guitars. While working with P.M. & Hallmark Guitars, Lee was involved in filming a pilot TV series entitled; "Axe Grinders".

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. For the past 4 years, Lee has worked full time at Bill's Music House in Baltimore, MD, managing the Brass & Woodwind Repair & Sales department and is their Luthier. 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 and continued to learn. Lee has been a continuous, proud member NAPBIRT since 2012.

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Saturday:   October 10, 2015

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Picks & Tricks - Part 1 - Lee Hirschmann
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Picks & Tricks - Part 2 - Lee Hirschmann
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Flutes - Part 1 - Dan Bainbridge
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Flutes - Part 2 - Dan Bainbridge
  4:30 - Adjourn

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Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, September 19, 2015)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, September 20, 2015)
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