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Technician Spotlight: Travis Thacker

I am co-owner and technician at Carl’s Pro Band in Bloomington, IL.  I began apprenticing in 1997 with my father/business partner Carl Thacker, and have been here ever since!  2017 marks my twentieth year in the trade and at Carl’s Pro Band. What do you specialize in? I personally specialize in high end brass repair […]

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Pad Assortments…Why are they so Wonderful?

Do you know why pad assortments are so wonderful? Our brilliant leader, Jeff Massa, decided to add pad assortments after our friend and customer Lee Hirschmann at The Band Shoppe made the recommendation.  It’s a big decision for a band instrument repair shop to switch their brand of pads and the pads assortments make it much easier. After spending some time getting feedback from […]

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The MusicMedic Philosophy

Have you noticed how many great new tools are being made at MusicMedic in Wilmington, North Carolina?  At MusicMedic, it is of the utmost importance to be surrounded by independent and thoughtful people.  We want everybody to have a great time with what they’re doing, with resources available to inspire creativity and problem solving. When we hired […]

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The Wilmington Alto Update

Thank you for all your interest in the Wilmington Alto! We’ve called and spoken personally with many of the owners of Wilmington Altos, and have appreciated and taken to heart their valuable comments.  From the beginning, we have kept production small to easily implement improvements at the factory several times a year. We also don’t […]

Why stainless steel?

We chose to make this tool from stainless steel.  We know we’re spending our customers’ money, because that means that the tool price is higher.  Stainless steel costs more to buy and more to machine, and it’s harder to machine. So, why do it?   We’re creating more and more tools that we hope will […]

An Uberhaul Update

“Curt – had a recording session last weekend, and thought “should I get my horn tuned up beforehand?” Then it hit me: I have not had ONE single thing done to my horn since 2013. Not one pad adjustment, no key noise to mitigate, NOTHING. And it’s still better than the day I bought it. […]

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MusicMedic Pads

My nephew Steve, who is an independent business analyst, came to spend the week with me here in Wilmington to hang out and to do some consulting at MusicMedic.  After he arrived, he started calling customers to see what they think about our pads.  The overwhelming response he got was that everyone loves our pads.  […]

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Choosing a Clarinet

 A Review – The Wilmington Clarinet with Chloe Feoranzo  I’ve spent years looking for the right clarinet and working with the factory to make one to my specifications.  Once our first shipment arrived we all know we had something great. Our next  task was to get the  Wilmington line of clarinets into the hands of some excellent […]

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Looking for an Uberhauled Horn?

Does the thought of being without your saxophone for 3-5 weeks, or longer for a cosmetic restoration, make you cringe?  How about the thought of having to keep playing it in its current state of dilapidation?  Don’t worry, because the Sax ProShop is here to help!  We are currently Uberhauling a variety of vintage Buescher, […]

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Back From New York

I went to New York City over the weekend and had an awesome time. I met up with an absolute monster Bari player, Gary Smulyan and great technician, John Leadbetter. Gary is my Jazz Bari hero and graciously agreed to give feedback on our 12.5M Wilmington necks.  It seems rude to introduce Gary because he’s […]

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A New York Visit

I’m dashing off to New York and am looking forward to some cool things! I’m visiting my friend Guy at Chadash Clarinets on Monday morning.  I met Guy at a clarinet fest, maybe around a hundred years ago, and I was mesmerized first by his wonderful accent and then by his amazing knowledge of all […]

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‘The Martin’ Experience

Martin is a very thoughtful and caring person, as well as a technician, and I’ve been proud to watch his progress over the years as his saxophone repair and restoration business has grown and flourished. Additionally, Martin is an accomplished saxophonist, performing with the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” for over twenty years.  Martin received […]