Regional Clinic - Okemos, MI
November 14, 2015

Contact Information:
Eric Satterlee
Phone:   517.351.2263
Location:   [ Map Link ]

Meridian Winds
2807 Jolly Rd #300
Okemos, MI   48864

  • For those people coming in Friday night, November 13, 2015, we are planning a "get together" at the shop from 6:00pm - ?. Dinner and refreshments will be served along with shop talk. Email Eric Satterlee at: and let him know if you are coming in Friday Night.

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Essential Oboe Adjusting and Beyond
Bruce McCall

For many repair technicians, working on an oboe is a daunting process, mostly from lack of opportunity and experience. Much like flute and saxophone, the oboe has adjustments that are essential to having the instrument play properly. This clinic session will cover the essential adjustments needed to keep an oboe working correctly and how to test them. As time allows, we will explore non-essential adjustments and other oboe specific problems that can crop up and how to deal with them.

Bruce McCall took apart his first oboe while in the 6th grade. He has been repairing woodwinds since 1976 and beginning in December 2014, joined the expert team of technicians at Meridian Winds, returning to his home town. While very familiar with all levels of woodwinds, much of Bruce's repair experience has been in the service of professionals and college level students from across the country.

Bruce studied oboe and bassoon while earning his Bachelor's degree at Michigan State University. He performed on both instruments while a member of the US Military Academy Band at West Point and as a free-lance musician in New York City and Knoxville, TN.

Bruce has presented oboe adjustment workshops at the annual conference of the IDRS, at universities in KY, MI, SC, TN, TX, VA and at the Brevard Music Center. Bruce holds certification for the installation of Straubinger pads and is the author of "The Essential Guide to Adjusting Your Oboe", which is in use at universities across the country.

Magnetic Dent Removal System (MDRS)
Gary Beem

This clinic will provide an overview of the Magnetic Dent Removal System and its various components. Discussion and demonstrations will focus on safety issues, magnetic theory, magnet strengths and amplification, and answer questions you may have regarding MDRS methods and applications. Demonstrations will provide an insight into the highlights as well as the limitations of magnetic dent removal and show you how an MDRS can contribute towards the increased profitability for your shop.

SAFETY is always a top priority. Click on the following link for important information about the Safety Guidelines when using the MDRS.

Gary Beem began his instrument repair apprenticeship in 1975 while still a high school student. He's been a technician at Meridian Winds for more than twenty years and specializes in brass repair including saxophones. His lathe skills include; rebuilding tone holes, tenons and sockets for a network of dealers who utilize Meridian Winds services throughout the USA. Gary was instrumental in the research and development of the MDRS and is perhaps the foremost expert on this technique and application having logged more hours using MDRS tooling than any other technician. He's never taken a vacation during the summer months but don't look for him in the shop between the 15th and 30th of November during deer season.

"Modern Times" Portrait of a 21st Century Saxophone
Eric Satterlee

Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in the mid-19th century and the materials he utilized in the manufacture and assembly of his original instrument, brass (for body sections) steel (for rods, screws, springs and resonators) leather (for pads) cork (for neck and keys) felt (for bumpers and keys) remain virtually unchanged in today's instrument. When Adolphe invented and fabricated his instrument he was bound to rely upon the traditional "animal, vegetable and mineral" materials which were available to him in his time. We as 21st century technicians have the ability to examine Adolphe’s creation and transport ourselves 166 years into the future from 1841 and take advantage of our living in Modern Times. This presentation will focus upon the use and implementation of alternative methods and materials to configure the mechanism and adjustments of the modern Saxophone.

In our world of Saxophone repair and restoration, probably owing in part to its relative new arrival on the musical scene, no other band instrument seemingly has so many "devotees" related to the subject of its repair and restoration. No repair technician’s "method(s)" of saxophone work and application may be judged wrong or right, good or bad, better or worse, provided they have survived the tests of time and customer satisfaction. Acknowledging that many technicians would fiercely defend their way, the content of this presentation promises to be controversial.

Eric Satterlee is the founder (1983) and technical director of Meridian Winds in Okemos, MI. He began his instrument repair apprenticeship in 1972 and has been learning ever since. He's presented numerous clinics at the regional and national level for NAPBIRT and is a two-time recipient of the Dick Rusch award. He has traveled throughout Europe representing Ferree's Tools at The Music Messe and to European technicians and music dealers. He is the co-inventor (along with Wayne Tanabe) of the MDRS system which is manufactured and distributed globally from Meridian Winds

Graphite Pinning on Oboes and Clarinets
Eric Satterlee / Bruce McCall

Graphite pinning is a great method for repairing cracks in oboes and clarinets. Meridian Winds has performed over 100 of these jobs in the past year with positive results. We will demonstrate this process and show you how to gain confidence in your ability to repair cracks. Participants will also have the opportunity for "hands-on" experience in completing a pinning job. Don't miss this clinic session - it will change your life!

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

Saturday:   November 14, 2015

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Essential Oboe Adjusting and Beyond - Bruce McCall
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Magnetic Dent Removal System (MDRS) - Gary Beem
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Modern Times: Portrait of a 21st Century Saxophone - Eric Satterlee
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Graphite Pinning on Oboes & Clarinets - Eric Satterlee / Bruce McCall
  4:30 - Adjourn

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

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Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, October 24, 2015)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, October 25, 2015)
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