really can't remember how long I've known Tim and his expert
work reputation at repairing instruments. But I do remember
falling on my saxophone and crushing it on my ice covered
driveway late one night, and having Tim fix it within two
weeks it played better than before. What a miracle man!
reason all this is important is that I have come to realize
that many people give their children music lessons and have
hopes that the child will be able to learn to play an
instrument and enjoy making music for life. Very often, the
child's instrument is not the best, it has leaks or problems
which make it hard to play and thus not much fun. The child
loses interest and later on tells people like me that they are
sorry they quit.
my high regard for the "boys in the backroom" at A & R Music.
They're great. They take some pretty rough looking and playing
instruments, and through their expertise, transform them into
playable and maybe even enjoyable instruments.
Holmes is a master instrument repairman and has been for some
time. He specializes in saxophones and brass instruments. He
designs and builds his own instruments in addition to
repairing instruments for many of the "pros" in town.
also is on call to Greenfield Village and Museum for repairs
to the antique instruments. Needless to say, I trust him with
my own precious horns and look to him to make music more
enjoyable for me by keeping my instruments in tip-top shape.
He's a good source of advice for evaluation of the purchase of
a new or used instrument.
should also Tim is an excellent musicians. So the importance
of a well playing instrument to jazz or any other form of
music must not be overlooked, particularly for beginners who
are struggling just to make a sound.