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Road Closure for BrassWindFix

Please be aware that several roads leading to the workshop at BrassWindFix will be closed from the 11th-20th February inclusive.

To allow the works to be carried out safely a road closure will be in place on Silver Street, Cox’s Green, Havyatt Road and Nates Lane between the hours of  0800 and 1700.

We have been informed that there will be access to all the business premises on Burnett Industrial Estate and the workshop here at BrassWindFix will be open as normal.  There will be traffic marshals in place at road closures who will be able to redirect any vehicles as needed.

But please be assured that BrassWindFix are open and you can still drop off and collect instruments to the workshop but you may wish to allow a little more time to allow for redirection.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Thank You!

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It’s always lovely to have an email through to say that the servicing/repair of an instrument has made such an improvement to it’s playability.  And this email was no exception:
“Justin, you’re a magician! Thanks for fixing my Bari, it’s fantastic.
Gustave Savy”
BrassWindFix are glad to be of service Gus!

Trumpet Repair at BrassWindFix

This Taylor “Supergold” Trumpet was recently brought into the workshop at BrassWindFix for trumpet repair.  The tuning slide on this particular trumpet was stuck firmly.  The client tried to release the stuck slide by tying something to the bow and forcibly pulling which resulted in the brass splitting, twisting and bending out of shape.

If you have a stuck slide we would advise you not to try and release it yourself.  You will need to take the instrument to a qualified and an experienced brass instrument repairer.  BrassWindFix is a specialist woodwind and brass repairer based in Wrington, just outside of Bristol, and we have the specialist tools and knowledge required  to release the slide without causing further damage.  By forcibly pulling at the slide you could cause more damage to your instrument which will result in more work required to bring your instrument back to a playable condition, therefore resulting in a more expensive repair needed.

Justin from BrassWindFix freed the tuning slide and replaced the bow.  Having replaced the bow, the slide needed to be re-lacquered so it was sent to our preferred lacquering specialist.  Upon return Justin reassembled the instrument and you’ll see from the images below that it looks as good as new!

Have an instrument in need of service or repair?  Get in contact: 01934 861226 or email




Taylor “Supergold” Trumpet (Before repairs)


Taylor “Supergold” Trumpet – Before repairs – Bent / twisted Tuning Slide


Taylor “Supergold” Trumpet Before repair – bent, split and twisted tuning slide


Taylor “Supergold” Trumpet BEFORE repairs – bent tuning slide


Taylor “Supergold” Trumpet AFTER repairs by BrassWindFix


Taylor “Supergold” Trumpet AFTER repairs by BrassWindFix


Taylor “Supergold” Trumpet AFTER repairs by Justin Pavey at BrassWindFix


Taylor “Supergold” Trumpet AFTER repairs by BrassWindFix


School Holidays are approaching!

2013-07-12 10.00.38Well BrassWindFix can’t quite believe where the first few months of 2015 have gone! Looking through the diary it’s only a matter of weeks and the schools will be breaking up for summer holidays and we have a full diary with lots of instrument repairs booked in.

BrassWindFix run a diary system for servicing work and we are now taking appointments for mid July to service brass and woodwind instruments. If you plan on going away in July/August then it would be an ideal time to book your woodwind or brass instrument in for a little tlc with BrassWindFix!

Please try not to leave making your appointment until the last minute as we can’t promise we will have any appointments for the time/dates that you require – as we are now booking appointments in the diary some two months ahead – give us a call as soon as you can to book your instrument in the diary for an instrument service!

Emergency woodwind or brass repair needed? Don’t panic – give Justin a call on our new workshop number 01934 861226 and explain the situation and what the problem is – we always endeavour to deal with emergency repairs as soon as possible. Depending on the work needed, we will either be able to repair it straight away or book it in on one of our emergency diary dates!


BrassWindFix – New Telephone Number

If you ring BrassWindFix over the next few weeks you’ll notice our brand new answering and redirection service is now in operation!

Our main workshop number has now changed to 01934 861226.

So whatever time of day or night you telephone us you can be sure that your call will be dealt with in the same professional way and as soon as we are able. This also means the end of the constant sales and PPI calls that caused constant interruptions throughout the day in the workshop – this service will filter them out – and leave Justin to concentrate on woodwind and brass servicing and repairs!

When you ring this number during office hours you’ll be redirected to the workshop where Justin will either have his hands free and be able to answer your call straight away or, you’ll be redirected to our answering service where you can leave a brief message and Justin will call you back as soon as he is able, once he has finished working on a tricky repair.


We will of course still be able to offer our Emergency Repairs Service and your calls will now be redirected to our mobile number. Your call will be logged and, where the call is indeed an emergency, we will be able to call you back and reassure/advise you on the next steps and make an appointment for any repairs needed.

So when you need us – just call 01934 861226


Latest News From BrassWindFix

BrassWindFix issue a newsletter 3-4 times a year with information about instruments for sale, servicing and repair special offers and links to any events we think may be of interest to you.

If you are looking for a specific second-hand woodwind or brass instrument please get in contact – our stock changes daily and if we don’t have it in stock we could source it for you.  All second-hand instruments sold via BrassWindFix are serviced prior to sale so you can be sure you are buying a quality and fully working second-hand instrument!

You can read our February Newsletter here

Want to receive our newsletter direct?  Email and ask to be added to the database – you’ll hear about any special offers or discounts before anyone else!

You can also keep up to date with all the news and advice on how to look after your woodwind and brass instrument by joining us on Facebook

Want to tell us about your experience and service you’ve had at BrassWindFix?  Have an interesting news item about your instrument or event that you want to share?  Email us and we’ll do our best to include it in the next issue or on our Facebook page.


Woodwind & Brass Instrument Service & Repair

Justin Pavey is a self-employed woodwind and brass musical instrument repairer based in Wrington, near Bristol.  With over 15 years experience in this field Justin not only has the knowledge and experience to produce work of the highest quality, but also understands a musician’s needs and requirements as he is also a trombonist and free-lance musician playing in many bands in the South West.

More information about Justin: Justin has a varied playing history and is a trombonist who is often sought for his consistent, adaptable and professional playing style.  Here are a few high quality bands that Justin has performed with:

Doctor Chocolate: a 9-piece party/covers/wedding band.  Justin co-runs this band, is musical director and plays Tenor Trombone covering hit songs from the 1960’s to present day chart numbers all over the UK and abroadJustin-Pavey.

The Name Is Band – Bond Tribute Band: Playing Tenor Trombone.  This band is a fantastic 10-piece James Bond Tribute band  playing the iconic Bond themes plus a party or swing set later in the evening.  This James Bond Tribute band spent 3 days on Lake Como performing for a themed wedding.

Bruce/Ilett Big Band: A 17 piece big band playing the BEST swing music from the 1930’s to 1950’s.  You can catch them at the Bristol International  Jazz & Blues Festival in March 2015.  Justin plays Bass Trombone in this big band.

Thunderbirds Are Go: Justin played Bass Trombone in this awesome band that was specifically formed by conductor Charles Hazlewood to showcase the music of Barry Gray at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival .

Flowers Brass Band: When the regular trombonists have been unavailable over the past 10 years Justin has often been called in to help out at many Regional & National competitions. He has performed with Flowers at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, The Sage at Gateshead, The Corn Exchange in Cambridge and many more.


Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

Justin-PaveyJustin Pavey from BrassWindFix plays Bass Trombone for the Bruce Illett Swing Band who are again playing at the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival in 2015.

Come along and have THE best night at the Colston Hall this March: slip on your dance shoes, dress in 40’s/50’s style and be prepared to dance the night away!  You can see Justin from BrassWindFix in this short video on YouTube 

UPDATE:  Justin was totally blown away by the musicians and band playing at the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2015 and was honoured to be such a part of it this year – huge thanks to Denny Ilett who organised such a spectacular event.

Louis Armstrong Story

Featuring Lillian Boutté, Clarke Peters, Evan Christopher and Don Vappie, Enrico Tomasso, Pee Wee Ellis plus special guests.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and gravelly voice as much as his trumpet playing, few people have influenced the evolution of popular music more than Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong played Bristol’s Colston Hall over 50 years ago, and in 2015 his music made a long-awaited return to the venue. The Louis Armstrong Museum gave exclusive access to some of Satchmo’s original big band compositions which haven’t been played since 1947.

Featuring a 17-piece band comprised of Bristol’s finest musicians with guest vocalists and soloists from New Orleans, and famed actor Clarke Peters reading from Armstrong’s personal letters and autobiography, it serves as the perfect reminder of why the great Satchmo is still seen as the single most important influence in jazz history.

Justin got to play on stage with Pee Wee Ellis – who toured extensively with James Brown for years – as part of the Louis Armstrong Story – the vocals from Lillian Boutte were hair raisingly superb and Clarke Peters had THE best reading voice in the world.

Bruce Ilett Big Band

Justin also played with the Bruce Ilett Big Band on bass trombone.  A huge crowd attended  the night which was full to brimming with lindy hopping, jiving and jitterbugging as the dance-floor was jammed packed.

Did you miss it this year?  Join us on 19th September at the Colston Hall so buy your tickets early!


Thank you!

brass-wind-fix“Massive thanks to Justin for coming to the rescue a week before the Nationals and repairing my Cornet.  Great service and an expert touch…. Life saver I highly recommend.”   Andy Smith


“Once again Mr Pavey has come to my rescue on my bone and although very busy took time out to sort it out.  Thanks – Justin BrassWindFix are go!!!”    Vince Ford


“Very many thanks for your work on my trombone.  Not only did you repair the damaged F rotor valve and improve the slide action beyond belief, you re-soldered parts where necessary and replaced parts which I did not expect you to do.  And you cleaned it!!!  It really is like a brand new Vincent Bach Strad!….. If I could only play it!  Best regards”    Joe Tooley


Brass & Woodwind repairs and servicing – all in a day’s work for Justin Pavey at BrassWindFix


Customising an instrument

Before and After Harrelson Trumpet

This Harrelson Bravura Trumpet was brought into the workshop by local Bristol Jazz Musician Andy Hague last week as he heard that BrassWindFix were experts at customising an instrument.

Andy wanted a different bell fitted as he wanted the instrument to create a different sound.  The replacement bell was ordered and made in the USA by Harrelson and finally arrived last week after many weeks of patient waiting by Andy!

On receipt Andy couldn’t wait to get it into the workshop and it was immediately driven to BrassWindFix for the new bell to be fitted.  The original bell was removed and Justin refitted and soldered on the replacement bell.
Andy was really thrilled with the end result and we look forward to hearing the new sound!  If you haven’t heard Andy Hague yet – you are in for a treat as he is appearing in Bristol with the Andy Hague Big Band on 9th October! For all Andy’s gig dates visit his website here:

BrassWindFix are always happy to discuss customising an instrument so please get in touch if you have a project you would like us to look at. 01934 861226

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