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I need an kohlert 57 alto overhaul and was wondering about a tech to do the work. I've heard great things about Rheuben Allen but have done buisness w/ Manny at Horn Connection. So any suggestions?
 

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Well, unless your horn is a Mark VI or a Super 20, good luck with Manny. He has quite a reputation for being a bit of a snob when it comes to that. But I hear that he does fantastic work and I know from expreience that he is a very fair buissnesman. I have had work done by Rheuben Allen, and he did superb work, I definately reccomend him. There is also Oleg, but he's a grade-A a**hole. In van Nuys, there is Larry Comeau, who does a lot of good work I have heard. I think I have his card, PM me for his information if you are interested. There's another guy that I knwo of that does good work, but I can't recall his name right now and I don't have his information so I guess that does you no good, haha.
 

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I've had Rheuben Allen do a lot of work for me, including a couple of overhauls. He is a fine technician.

I've also had Jim Scimonetti's shop in Lancaster do an overhaul on my S992 and it has never played better.

Anaheim Band receives good reviews. I have not had experiences at the Horn Comnnection. DAVE
 

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most of the pro musicians in the orange county area (including eric marienthal, sal lozano, jay mason... etc.) go to horn improvement in mission viejo. definetely the best service i've ever had!
 

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Scimonetti's is worth the trip if for no other reason than to gawk at all the new saxophones on the wall. And, if you like canyon roads, take Bouquet Canyon or San Francsiquito Canyon from Santa Clarita up to Palmdale - exilerating! You will feel like Sterling Moss! DAVE
 

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if you're on the west side - you may want to check out Santa Monica Woodwind and Brass repair. It is a little shop in a back alley off Pico blvd. The technician there has done good repair work for me. My alto and tenor saxes were overhauled by him, and in the case of my tenor he was able to fix the warped toneholes that other techs (including one mentioned here as being good) could not, or did not, help me with.
 

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coolsax2k7 said:
if you're on the west side - you may want to check out Santa Monica Woodwind and Brass repair. It is a little shop in a back alley off Pico blvd. The technician there has done good repair work for me. My alto and tenor saxes were overhauled by him, and in the case of my tenor he was able to fix the warped toneholes that other techs (including one mentioned here as being good) could not, or did not, help me with.
Well his phone # is disconnected and his shop is closed down! I guess he retired or something, now I may need to find someone else local...
 

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Help! I've just called Rheuben Allen's number and it's a recording saying, "as of november 30th 2007, I no longer live in the United States". Randy Comeau's number is out of service as well. Ross at Baxter Northrup is good, but he only comes in on Mondays. I prefer not to drive to Scimonetti's or Nick rail. Is there anyone else around here?
 
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