Band Instrument Repairs

Quality, affordable and quick band instrument service has long been one of our trademarks.  We are one of the few music stores in the state with an in-house band repair shop.  Both of our in-store repairmen have decades of experience repairing brass and woodwind instruments and are available for consultation should you need to speak directly to one of them. 

Our shop is stocked with replacement parts for the commonly seen instrument models in use in our area  schools.  Normal turnaround time on most routine repairs usually runs about 2-3 days.  We can process any repair on your band instrument from a cork replacement all the way up to a major restoration including refinishing.   We do outsource certain occasional repairs like finish restoration and tenon and receiver replacements on clarinets & oboes.  Otherwise all repairs are done in our in-house repair shop.

Our Educational Road Rep visits most of our out-of-town schools on a weekly basis and carries a repair kit with him for simple minor repairs.  As a courtesy, he will be happy to bring your child's instrument back to the shop for you if he cannot make the repair on site. 
If necessary, estimates can be given.  Be sure you have that notated on your repair ticket instructions.  You will be called with a final cost when your repair is complete.   We look forward to helping you get the affordable and timely service you need on your band instrument.

OUR STAFF
 
 
Al Francesconi: Repairman

Our Band Instrument Repair Dept began in the garage of our "senior repairman" back in the mid-1950's.  Al worked at Cherry Point and repaired instruments in his home in the evenings back then.  He retired from his position on the base back in 1976 and moved his repair shop into a room over our store in downtown New Bern and has continued his second career with us ever since.  Al is remarkable.  As a teenager, he studied bassoon at Boston Conservatory, then hit the road before WWII playing sax in the big bands of the day.  Now at 96, he still drives himself daily from his home in Havelock to our store and continues his passion for helping wind players young and old pursue their musical goals.  And he can still play!!

 
Chris McNally: Repairman

Chris joined our band instrument repair staff in 2007 after he retired from a full career as a woodwind player and Band Instrument  Repair Technician with the US Marine Corps.  While in the Marine Corps, Chris studied band instrument repair and graduated from Minnesota State College--Southeast Technical in Redwing, Minnesota in 1994 (commonly referred to as "Redwing"--the top band repair school in the country).  In addition to playing clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone, Chris was the band repair tech at Cherry Point, Camp Lejeune and New Orleans duty stations.  Chris and his family live near Beaufort and he continues playing with a local big band, concert band and a rock band.