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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!

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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

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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: http://www.andyhague.co.uk/index_files/Gigs.htm

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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Second Hand Instruments for Sale

brass-wind-fixBrassWindFix have a selection of second-hand instruments for sale in the workshop: trumpets, saxophones, clarinets, trombones, flutes, cornets…. as well as some accessories such as reeds, music stands, instrument cases, lubricants, mouthpieces and much more!  Visit our workshop in Wrington and see what we have!

We have a list of customers who are looking for second-hand instruments for sale so if you have a woodwind or brass instrument that you are looking to sell on then get in contact – we may be able to help and already have a buyer waiting for it! Please get in contact – we’d love to hear from you and we can discuss how it all works.

Customers are currently waiting for: Cornets, Tenor Horn, Classic Vintage Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Student Trombone, Eb Tuba, student flutes and student clarinets.

If you are looking second-hand instrument for sale and have an idea of what you are looking for please get in contact BrassWindFix keep a list of instruments for sale and can often source one for you if we don’t have it in the workshop.

BrassWindFix sell all instruments on a commission basis and each woodwind or brass instrument receives a general service before being sold to ensure it is in full working order.

 

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BrassWindFix on Facebook

Thank you for Liking BrassWindFix on FacebookKeep updated with all the latest news, instruments for sale, advice and information from BrassWindFix by following us on our Facebook page!

Coming soon on our Facebook page: competitions, prizes and advice on how to keep your instrument in good repair!

 

Not on Facebook?  Check our website regularly for news items – there’s always lots going on at BrassWindFix – we don’t always manage to get all the news articles uploaded weekly but we do try to keep you updated as much as we can.

Have a woodwind or brass instrument and maybe need some advice on whether it needs servicing or repair?  Get in contact as we’d love to hear from you!

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Your LOCAL woodwind and brass instrument repair specialist

buy-localBrassWindFix have had instruments arrive in the workshop all the way from London, Manchester and Leeds.  We are pleased to say that BrassWindFix have been in business for over 5 years and we have done very little to no advertising  to date with the majority of work received via word of mouth and recommendation.  This is fantastic and is a great testment to the high workmanship of Justin Pavey.

However, although BrassWindFix have carried out many repairs and servicing on woodwind and brass instruments from far afield, we thought it was time we let the local residents know we are here too!

So…… local people…. here we are!

BrassWindFix are your local woodwind and brass repair specialist.  It’s not just servicing and repairing of instruments!  BrassWindFix also have accessories for sale and second hand instruments.  So whatever your musical needs please get in contact – if we haven’t got it in stock then we can always source whatever you need for you!

Based in Wrington BrassWindFix fall in the catchment area of the following locations:

Wrington, Banwell, Congresbury, Sandford, Winscombe, Blagdon, Burrington, Redhill, Langford, Weston super Mare, Hutton, Locking, Brean, Bleadon, Sandbay, Kewstoke, Redhill, Cleeve, Banwell, Lower Langford, Winford, Felton, Puxton, Hewish, Barrow Gurney, Dundry, Brockley, Claverham, Clevedon, Yatton, Kingston Seymour, Nailsea, Tickenham, Tyntsfield, Long Ashton, Whitchurch, Flax Bourton, Bedminster, Bishopsworth, Hengrove, Failand, Ashton, Hotwells, Southville, Totterdown, Knowle, Chew Magna, Chew Valley, Stanton Drew, Wells, Bishoyp Sutton, Compton Dando, Hinton Blewitt, High Littleton, Clutton, West Harptree, East Harptree, Chilcompton, Chewton Mendip, Cheddar, Priddy, Axbridge, Cross, Draycott, South Horrington, Wookey Hole, Crickham, Wedmore, Glastonbury, Burtle, Shapwick, Mark, Blackford, Pill, East Huntspill, Burnham on Sea, Pawlett, Brent, Berrow, Brean, Bleadon, Worle,  Wick, Gordano, Portishead, Easton in Gordano, Shirehampton, Leigh Wood, Abbots Leigh, Leigh Woods, Redland, Bishopston, Stoke Bishop, Clifton, St Andrews, Blaise Castle, Lawrence Weston, Southmead, Kingsweston, Avonmouth, Easter Compton, Cribbs Causeway, Aztec West, Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Filton, Brentry, Henbury, Hortham, Almondsbury, Pill, Thornbury, Tockington, Sidcot, Redhill, Pilning, Bath, Corston, Keynsham, Bitton, Lansdown, Larkhall, Bathampton, Bathford, Batheaston, Wraxall, Whitley, Hawthorn, Bradford on Avon, Lower Westwood, Hinton Charterhouse, Midford, Limpley Stoke, Bathwick, Saltford, Whitchurch, Marksbury, Farmborough, Priston, Timsbury, High Littleton, Clutton, Timsbury, Combe Hay, Wellow, Peasedown St John, Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Chilcompton, Stratton on the Fosse, High Littleton, Paulton, Litton,  Frome, shepton Mallet, Evercreech, Chantry, Taunton, Street, Ashcott, Catcott, Glastonbury…..
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Examinations

fingers-crossedIt’s that time of year when lots of nail biting takes place as students across the nation prepare to sit their examinations.

Whatever exams are coming up BrassWindFix would like to wish everyone the very best of luck!

Don’t worry if you don’t get the results you need though. Tomas Eddison, Bill Gates, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and Richard Branson didn’t all get the results they wanted either – many dropped out of school at 10, only spent 3 months in formal education, didn’t get the expected results or simply left before the examinations.  They all turned out ok! Don’t believe us?  Check out this blog!

If you have music examinations coming up then prepare your instrument in advance.  Make sure everything is working, the pads are seated, there’s no jelly-babies stuck down the pipes (you’d be surprised just how many we rescue from instruments), everything that should be lubricated is etc and store it in a quality case away from knocks and bangs!

We’ve had a few instruments come in recently where they’ve needed an emergency repair as they’ve been stepped on, fallen on, dropped downstairs,  dropped out of the case, or knocked over when on a stand by a handbag!  Accidents happen but there’s always someone on hand to help at BrassWindFix.

Contact us on 01934 861226 or email justin@brasswindfix.co.uk

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Servicing and Repair

brass-wind-fixBrassWindFix have certainly been kept busy with lots of instruments coming in for servicing and repair into the workshop this year – some needing a little TLC or some needing a serious overhaul!

If you have have a woodwind or brass instruments such as Flutes, Clarinets, Oboes, Saxophones, Trumpets, Cornets, Trombones – and you think it may need servicing or repair then get in contact with BrassWindFix to book it in the diary – we’ve had lots of happy owners through the workshop and every instrument is serviced or repaired to a very high standard!

BrassWindFix service and repair all woodwind and brass instruments.   From a basic service, emergency repair, full service, re-padding or would like the dents and dings removed from your instrument there is no job too big or too small.

We are open Monday – Friday from 8:30am-6pm Call us on 01934 861226 to make an appointment or pop into the workshop to ask for advice on what’s needed and then make an appointment to book your instrument in for the work needed.

BrassWindFix run a diary system – so the day you bring your instrument for repair will be the day it is repaired – you don’t have to drop it off and wait weeks to get it back.  We’ll give you a call as soon as it’s done!

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Emergency Repair at BrassWindFix

The BrassWindFix workshop runs a diary system for all woodwind and brass instruments that need servicing or repair.  If you need a service or repair to your woodwind or brass instrument then it’s a really good idea to secure a date in the diary.  This means that any and all work required to your instrument can be carried out when it’s convenient to you – it also means we don’t have the instrument any longer than we need to and you are not without the instrument longer than necessary!

However, life doesn’t always run to plan and there may be occasions when an emergency instrument repair is needed due to life’s little mishaps.

Take today’s example:  a parent telephoned first thing in the morning in a complete panic.  Her daughter’s Grade VIII Trombone examination was in seven days and her son had accidentally fallen on the instrument this morning.  The trombone slide had bent and would not move and the instrument was unplayable in that condition.  The daughter was completely unaware of the damage and due home later in the day to practice so it was go, go, go to put it back together again!

The trombone was brought into the BrassWindFix workshop and Justin was able to perform an emergency repair and fix the slide.  After a short time the instrument was back to normal and the damage virtually undetectable!  The daughter would never know and the son could breathe a sigh of relief!

So for all woodwind and brass instrument servicing and repair – contact Justin at BrassWindFix to book your instrument into the diary.  For any emergencies and last minute crisis then please call us.  If we can get the instrument into a playable condition and have it back another time for full repair/service then we’ll certainly do our best to help!

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A Buccin

BrassWindFix had never heard or seen this instrument/trombone before it arrived in the workshop.  A unique instrument that sounds a mixture of a trombone and french horn.

A buccin (dragonhead trombone) was originally popular in French military bands from 1810-1845 with the designs becoming more and more elaborate and colourful as time went on.  The steel tongue moves with the vibrations produced through the instrument. Sadly their popularity was not sustainable and they fell out of fashion.

At soft volumes the instrument produces a very warm, delicate sound due to the bell being made of hammered tin or very thin brass. It is also capable of an extreme fortissimo. Not everyone agrees on how to pronounce the name of the instrument, with variants including “boo-san”, “bue-san”, “boo-seen” and “buck-sin.”

This instrument was difficult to play as the extremely large and heavy head of the dragon made the stabilty of the instrument difficult to handle.  Justin at BrassWindFix soldered a hand-support to balance the instrument out so the client could comfortably hold and play the instrument.  Another extremely satisfied client at BrassWindFix!

Here is a link to the instrument in action

Some pictures of Justin with the before and after pictures.  See more on our Facebook Page!

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