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The only place I am aware of that deals in a lot of vintage horns is Wally's in Oregon City in the Portland area. Have any of you had work done on your horn at the shop?

I dont need anything in the realm of rocket science but I want it done well. My VI just needs to be gone over...a few leaks fixed, maybe a couple of swedges. It is not responding it the way I would like and it is starting to get on my nerves. I can address a few things but generally my personal horn tech work is hit and miss as I am not trained or highly experienced in this area. I also have more pressing things to do than to fiddle with a horn for hours and potentially make a bigger mess.

Im happy to hear thoughts, suggestions and recommendations.

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Phil
 

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Aaron Engum in Pendleton does great repairs on everything. Has real passion for vintage saxophone and clarinet repair. Check him out, I think he works out of his home.
 

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That is quite a trek from the Salem Area. I need somewhere I can make an appointment, drop the sax and pick it up later in the day. It is not a mess, it just needs an hour or two of work by someone who knows what they are doing.

I need the horn to play mouthpiece I make. I cant keep the world on hold.

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Sorry, didn't know you were so far away. He's worth the trip though. He sorted out an early VI alto for me that kills now. Prior to that I was going to sell it.
 

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I would recommend Jerry Porter, the head tech at Beacocks in Vancouver. He's done work repair for me in the past (leaks, minor adjustments...). Give him a call.
 

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Beaverton Music had a pretty good tech when I was last in there. It was a few years ago now. She was certainly up to any minor problems I took there.
 

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I had asked this Q of Jason Dumars several weeks ago....his suggestions were:

"...there are a few good ones here. I recommend Fred Vogel at Portland Music on Broadway as number 1. Number 2 would be Miguel Maldonado who freelances here. In a pinch you can go to Wally's Music Shop in Oregon City, but I don't dig the sky high prices or attitude there."

Hope that helps....
 

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I have had a few suggestions of Miguel. He is also willing to work with my tight schedule as I cant be without the horn for long. His flexibility and ease of approach counts for a lot. We had a pleasant conversation about horns and mouthpieces yesterday. I guess I best get an appointment made. He is working with me where I dont have to be without the horn for days. That is important since I need it to test mouthpieces.

Thanks everyone. I will tell you how it turns out.
 

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He is also willing to work with my tight schedule as I cant be without the horn for long.


Boy, there's a thread topic. I can't get 'tech support' sometimes for a week or two.
 

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Please move there, Matt....

I well may be...and with me.... the stock of 100 fixer-uppers currently residing in my daughter's former bedroom ! That's why I had posed the question to Jason....
 

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100!!!

For that many horns, I could rent a cottage an hour outside of town in the valley for a summer and just repair repair repair.

Hehe. We visited a few years back and loved it. Loved it loved it loved it. Still have a hankering to move there someday sooner than later.
 
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