Topic: Getting started in bassoon repair

Hi All,

I have been interested, for some time now, in getting into bassoon repair.  I have purchased an old bassoon to use as my first guinea pig and need some advice on where and how to start.  I have a pretty good shop at my disposal with the West Point Band and an excellent technician that will show me the basics of adjusting keys, applying corks and felts and repadding the instrument.  I am also interested in doing more such as refinishing the body, inserting water tubes and replacing keys.  I am ready to jump in with both feet!  How would you recommend that I start?  Are there books available to help?  How do people normally get started in this sort of endeavor?  Who sells some of the supplies and replacement parts that will be needed?  I am very mechanically inclined and have a woodworking background so I'm not afraid to try (although maybe I should be!).  Thanks for your help!

Glenn West
Bassoonist, US Military Academy Band
West Point, NY
www.westdoublereed.com

Re: Getting started in bassoon repair

Hello Glenn,

   Laslie (once upon a time) would have his Youngins' do the prep work
for plating, and wiring everything together.  If that sounds like a good place
for you to start, give Anderson (Elkhart) a call, and they can help you out.
http://andersonsilverplating.com/

   Have a look at the Ferree's book, too...Some useful 'stuff...
http://www.ferreestools.com/

   Good luck.

Regards,
Guy Mallery

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Re: Getting started in bassoon repair

It's very interesting that this post come up, because I've been thinking about the same thing for a while now, and I've been meaning to post to see if anyone has any advice, and my opperknockerty has tuned.  I'm graduating from my undergrad this year and I'm heavily considering going into the instrument repair field, with the hopes of eventually specializing in bassoons (being a bassoon player myself).  I've been looking at two specific institutes that have musical instrument repair programs, one of them being The Minnesota State College South East Technical School in Red Wing Minnesota and the other is Renton Technical College in Renton Washington.  Does anyone have any advice regarding either of these schools, and further more any general advice about going into the field?  Thanks in advance for any advice anyone has!

Mike Millard
Repair Technician and freelance bassoonist
Taylor's Music
West Chester, Pa

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Re: Getting started in bassoon repair

A specialty in bassoon repair might be a different matter, but, at least in my area of the country, general band instrument repair is not a growing field. Schools are eliminating instrumental music from their programs, thereby also eliminating any need for repairs or rentals.

Sydney Rott
Woodwind Repair Technician

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Re: Getting started in bassoon repair

ALAS! that is what I was afraid I would hear.

Mike Millard
Repair Technician and freelance bassoonist
Taylor's Music
West Chester, Pa

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