Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:56 AMCurt returned from China only a few days ago and he's already packing up for another trip, this time to New Hampshire for the Keene State Woodwind Fest hosted by Craig Sylvern. He can be found in the band room from 3-4pm this Saturday, November 2nd, and will talk about innovative Woodwind repair techniques. Bring your saxophones and come prepared for a question and answer session if you are in the area! You also don't want to miss the master classes, lecture recitals, and clinics covering Woodwind instruments, including saxophones, bassoons, oboes, clarinets, and flutes.
Music China in Shanghai was a huge success for Curt and MusicMedic.com. He had a great time at the show, working closely with Jerry Chang from Tenon and meeting famous technician Shinji Ishimori. Curt also spent the week after the trade show traveling from Shanghai to Zhengzhou, Qingdao, and finally Beijing for various all-day clinics at instrument repair schools. He was accompanied by Jerry, Ron, and Tim from Tenon, the makers of the Château line of saxophones, as well as Jefferey and David Guo, owners of Guo Musical Instrument CO. Between all the traveling, they were able to work on a prototype neck to further improve the tone and intonation of the Château saxophones.
As you may have heard, MusicMedic.com is expanding and opening a warehouse in China. This exciting new venture will have Curt working closely with Jerry, Ron, and Tim Chang and be a huge benefit to customers in Asia. Same great service, same great products, but everyone ordering from Asia will be able to save on shipping, get their items faster due to reduced shipping times, and order online on the nearly translated MusicMedic.com website!
Curt also spent 3 days in Beijing simply vacationing and enjoying the city. He went on a little adventure viewing the Great Wall of China, spent a night in a farm house, and hung out with a group of amazing locals he met on a train. Rumor has it that the local police is still searching for him.
And as a typical tourist, Curt took a couple of videos. One of the yummy food available from street vendors.
And another one of the bathroom facilities in one of the buildings.
As you can imagine, Curt can't wait for his 3 scheduled trips to China in 2014!
Friday, October 4, 2013, 09:33 AMIf your saxophone is in need of an Uberhaul, COA, or repair, now is a good time to schedule it!
As unbelievable as it may sound, the holidays are just around the corner (where did this year go?!) and the Sax ProShop's schedule is quickly filling up. Contact us at SaxProShop@MusicMedic.com to get your saxophone in tip-top shape over the holidays and start the year off right with an instrument that plays, looks, and feels amazing.
The MusicMedic.com Sax ProShop has been busy with customer horns and various projects, including the restoration of Carina Rascher's Adolphe Sax #36 and the creation of the NeoBass saxophone. Curt and the technicians at the ProShop are on a never-ending mission to improve saxophone repair and optimize the process, the tools, and the results. The techs always go the extra mile to make each saxophone the best it can be. As our techs have continually improved their artistry and craft within their specific portions of the Uberhaul, the time a saxophone spends at each station has slightly increased due to their meticulous work and attention to detail. Since the best just got even better, we had to make the decision to increase prices for our Uberhaul and COA in order to allow our techs to take every single saxophone to a new level of greatness.
In addition to the price increase, we have decided to start off with a different base price for Modern saxophones, which generally require less work, and Vintage saxophones, which usually need a little extra love along the way.
We will honor all current prices if you email us at SaxProShop@MusicMedic.com over the next couple of weeks and schedule your saxophone(s) for an Uberhaul or COA.
It's a no-brainer, really. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 08:06 AMCurt returned from his day trip to Greensboro on Saturday and raved about the Carolina Saxophone Day he attended. Steve Stusek proved to be an amazing host yet again and the day was a great success. Plus, many of the saxophones at the event were Uberhauled at the Sax ProShop! How cool!
All of the students seemed especially engaged and eager to learn. Curt had a great time teaching his clinic and is looking forward to seeing and hearing more from this great group in the future!
It is always a pleasure to discuss matters of saxophone repair with fellow repair techs and Curt was fortunate enough to run into Matt Stohrer at the event, who is a knowledgeable and thoughtful tech behind Stohrer Music. He also heard rave reviews about Wally Wallace's clinic on long tones and listened to the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble's concert behind closed doors, enjoying their excellency from afar.
After a fun event like this one there is nothing left to do but look forward to the next year!
For more pictures of the event, click here.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 03:13 PMCurt along with Matt, Ryan, Josh, and Jeff from the Sax ProShop are back in Wilmington after attending the Atlanta Saxophone Day, hosted by Jan Berry Baker and Dr. Scott Stewart at the Georgia State University last weekend. Curt and the techs had packed up the Sax ProShop in a truck, complete with all of their benches and tools, and set up in Atlanta for the day.
The event was a huge success! People where lining up at each bench and the techs were busy fixing saxophones and answering questions from early morning on until the end of the day. Curt and the techs enjoyed meeting Jan, socializing with the talented players of all age groups, and hearing guest artist Steven Stusek perform.
Thank you to Jan, Scott, and the University for this amazing event and we're looking forward to attending again next year!
Friday, September 20, 2013, 11:35 AMWe are excited to announce that we're looking to add a new member to our MusicMedic.com Sax ProShop team! This is your chance to join a one-of-a-kind repair shop that allows you to do the best work that can be done while constantly striving for more!
Our clients are professionals and professionally minded players who know us and expect zero compromises in the quality of our work. Our specialized shop is one where each technician excels in certain aspects of the overhaul process, allowing the technician to become highly skilled. At the same time, we like to encourage creativity to push repair to a new level.
We are seeking a saxophonist with strong repair skills and a desire to learn and excel. Our ideal candidate will have a degree in saxophone performance and be a quick learner with the ability to adapt and continually improve. The right person must be reliable, work well in a team environment, seek out criticism, and posses the desire to be the best no matter what it takes.
Although we are willing to consider any applicant and will teach the right person, the following qualifications are desirable:
Proficiency in saxophone performance.
Strong desire to make saxophone repair a career.
Upbeat, Self-Directed, and Punctual.
Interested in elevating the level of saxophone repair.
A degree in saxophone performance or band instrument repair.
Experience in instrument repair.
Highly specialized professional saxophone overhauls for the world's top players.
Commission based after training.
Enjoy the coastal life in Wilmington, NC.
For more information about the Sax ProShop and what we do, visit the Sax ProShop website.
If you are interested in this job, please send a resume to Curt@MusicMedic.com. If you have previously sent one, please re-send. To help us save time and resources, we'd appreciate not to receive any phone calls about this position. We all look forward to having you on our team!