Technician Spotlight: Jonathan Copeland, Clarinets by Copeland

Tell us about how you got started, where do you work and how long have you worked there?

I worked for Onks Woodwind Specialists for almost 10 years from 2010 to 2019. I was an apprentice with Jason Onks in between my undergrad and graduate degrees in clarinet performance. I was the clarinet repair specialist at Onks during my time there.

Clarinets by Copeland started while at Onks in clarinet sales only. When I moved in June 2019, I expanded my business to clarinet repair as well.

What do you specialize in? What do you hope to achieve in the next few years in this specialty?

I now own my own business specializing in clarinet repair and sales of refurbished clarinets. My hope is to provide quality used clarinets for an affordable price.

What do you want the world to know about your work?

I want to be known for excellent pad work. So many repairman and manufacturers miss this by focusing on things that don’t matter as much as making an instrument actually seal well.

Seeing young clarinetists’ face light up when they realize their instrument was holding them back, and not all of their issues were because of them. I want people to know when they send their clarinet to me they are receiving the absolute best out there in terms of quality and price.

Which MusicMedic pads do you use and why?

Tan Bass Pads & RooPads™ for Clarinet. They are the most flat and consistent pads that I have found for bass clarinets.

If you could pass on some tips or knowledge to other techs, what would that be?

Focus on actually making an instrument seal instead of being distracted by the things that are not as necessary. Fit the keys and make the pads seal, and you will do well. Many miss this for the sake of time at the cost of quality.