Regional Clinic - Palatine, IL
March 5, 2016

Contact Information:
Bonnie Reidel:
Phone:   847.359.4444

Location:   [ Map Link ]

Fix This! Musical Instrument Repair
746 E Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL   60074

  • For those attendees who are arriving on Friday Night, March 4, 2016, we are planning a 'Get Together'. We will meet at the shop around 5:30pm, then go out for dinner at a local restaurant. We will need to know if you are attending this Friday Night event. Please send an email to Bonnie Reidel: on or before Saturday, February 13, 2016 so reservations can be made accordingly.

  • Lunch will be included on the day of the clinic. During the registration process, you will see an option: Special Needs. Please indicate any dietary restrictions such as: vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, peanut or other allergies, etc, so that we can be prepared.

--------[ Clinics & Clinicians ]--------

Tuba Repair and Restoration - A Survival Guide
Lee Stofer

Do you dread working on tubas and sousaphones? Do you avoid low brass custom work like the plague? If so, this clinic is for you! We will start with an overview of what is possible in the arena of tuba repair/restoration and what is feasible to accomplish in various level shops. We will discuss dealing with customers and prospective customers. We will cover estimates, dent work, repairing slides and valves, patch-making and repairing cracks. Then we'll continue with fabricating hard-to-get or obsolete parts, retro-fitting with new parts, restoring mouthpieces, making and installing custom parts and finally spot-refinishing to complete instrument refinishing. Clinic handouts will include listings for parts sources, tools used and tool sources, and at least a basic description of each task discussed.

Lee Stofer is a native of Hopkinsville, KY, majored in music performance and graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1979. He spent the next 22 years in the US Army as a bandsman, retiring in 2001. While in the Army, Lee apprenticed with several fine brass and woodwind technicians and served a two-week internship at the Rudolf Meinl factory in Germany. In 1995, he was appointed Head of the Instrument Repair Division at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA, and joined NAPBIRT that year. As an accomplished tuba player, Lee's network of tuba colleagues across the nation and internationally became a loyal customer base. Lee has found a market niche in specializing in the repair, customization and restoration of low brass instruments.

Sourcing Tools and Supplies On A Budget
John Maddox

Whether you are working for someone or running your own shop, finding products and tools that you need while saving money is extremely important. While our suppliers carry a huge amount of tools and supplies that we need every day, sometimes we need to look elsewhere for products. This clinic will go through some of the local and national suppliers that have some great products for our industry. I will list these products by vendor and what I like to use them for in my shop. This clinic comes from my necessity as a small business to find the great quality products I would like to use and also, find a way to make the most of the income I have to spend on supplies.

Flute Shimming - How Do You Do That?
John Maddox

In this clinic, we will go through the process I have learned and developed for using whole and partial shims to level flute pads. We will go through the pros and cons of using partial shims, why this is the method I prefer and hopefully, some ways in which this process can be achieved more quickly. I would like to show a step by step process of working with, not only a new flute pad, but also a pad that needs adjustment and not replacement. We will, of course, discuss some of the preparation needed before padding. We will also discuss some of the specific tools and products I prefer to use in my padding process to make it more efficient. While many technicians have different approaches to flute padding, my hope will be that you will see some of the benefits and ease of this process.

John Maddox holds his Bachelor's degree in Trombone Performance from University of South Florida. After completing his performance degree in Florida, John attended the Band Instrument Repair program at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, MN and completed a diploma program in repair. Upon completion of the repair program, he moved to Chicago to work for Fix This! Musical Instrument Repair as a woodwind technician. While at Fix This!, he was responsible for all saxophones, clarinets and some overflow of brass.

John moved to Brooklyn Center 3 years ago where he began working as a repair technician for Southdale Instrument Repair, now Twin Cities Instrument Repair, in Edina, MN. He was responsible for all flutes and trombones while working for Southdale Instrument Repair. When the business changed hands and became Twin Cities Instrument Repair, John’s work flow responsibilities changed to all saxophones, bass clarinets and trombones.

While working in Edina, he opened his own repair shop, Mad Dog Brass and Woodwind Repair, servicing student and professional instruments for the greater Twin Cities Metro area. In September 2015, John returned to Twin Cities Instrument Repair in Edina, MN where he works on all flutes, piccolos, trombones, oboes and bassoons.

When John is not repairing instruments, he enjoys performing in a variety of music ensembles.

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

Saturday:   March 5, 2016

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Tuba Repair and Restoration - Part 1 - Lee Stofer
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Tuba Repair and Restoration - Part 2 - Lee Stofer
12:00 - Lunch:  (Courtesy of Fix This! Musical Instrument Repair)
  1:00 - Session 3: Sourcing Tools and Supplies - John Maddox
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Flute Shimming - John Maddox
  4:30 - Adjourn

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

Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, February 13, 2016)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, February 14, 2016)
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