Since this is the first post, I thought I would start by introducing myself and showing you a little of the shop.
My name is Justin, I have worked for Music Village since 2003 or so. I started out working at the counter helping sale accessories and that kind of thing. Shortly after, I moved into a sales position in which I was selling guitars, amps, pedals, that kind of thing. After doing that for a little while, the repair shop needed some extra help. So I was given the opportunity to train under a couple former techs. They had lots of years of experience to teach, and I tried to absorb as much as possible. I started off doing basic repair work like cleaning and restringing instruments and basic adjustments. All the while they were teaching me repairs as they came in. After a couple years I ended up becoming the only repair tech and have been doing it ever since. I get to meet all sorts of people and get to put my hands on some really nice instruments.....I guess that's what makes my job one of the best I could imagine having....
My initial idea was to do this progressive blog where I would start by showing some basic repairs, then move into more complicated repairs. After thinking about it, it really won't work like that... In a repair shop like mine, you never know what's going to walk in the door. So, I will be posting periodically as jobs come in. Hopefully you can get a glimpse into my world, and I'll try to highlight some cool and fun things.
Here is a couple pics of our repair shop. I service just about any type of string instrument.. We also have a tech that works on band instruments, and another that repairs electronic equipment. We service just about anything music Instrument related.
These are a pics of my main benches. I perform most repairs here, but have a few other areas as well.
Below is a pic of some machines we use for all sorts of things.... Bandsaw, drillpress, sanders, lots of hand tools as well. In the background you can see a bunch of boxes on the shelves. Those are all replacement speakers and speaker components. We service lots of PA gear here, so a good stock helps us get them in and out as fast as we can.
Below is a pic of one of the electronic repair benches. It's loaded with all sorts of diagnostic, and repair tools. This is where the other tech performs his magic...... Well, something like magic......Electronic repairs can be complicated, and takes a very highly skilled technician to perform some of these repairs. In our shop we have the best around. He has certifications with many major music companies and can pretty much fix anything. If I ever need any of my amps or pedals worked on, there is no one else that I would take them to. Electronics are nothing to mess around with, I know enough to just take my equipment to him and get it done right.
We have a technician that services band instruments as well. This would include brass and woodwinds. Below is a couple pics of his repair benches. I've seen some pretty bad stuff come in and he seems to always get them back in shape. From stuck valves and slides, to pad repair, to completely collapsed bells on any type of brass. This is another area where you need to be highly skilled and have lots of tools and knowledge to get it right. It's amazing what he can do.