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When: 01/25/2020
8:00 am
Where: Cook Instrument Repair
7567 Mall Rd
Florence, Kentucky  41042
United States
Contact: Steve Cook
859.581.2134 x 103

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Student Bassoons: To Boldy Go Where No One Wants To
Melody Choplin

This is a voyage of woodwind repair, seeking solutions for problems of the mysterious double reed creature: the student bassoon. In this clinic, we will discover new ideas for repairing problems unique to student bassoons. Topics include species of pads and their preparation, tonehole repair, ways to anchor turning posts and more. Get your phasers ready to fight tuning issues. And, if we're lucky, we can get a small glimpse of the strange alien (a.k.a.) the bocal.

Melody Choplin is a 1991 graduate of Red Wing Technical College and holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Oboe. She has worked as a technician and shop foreman for Pearson Music and Duncan Music Companies. She is well known throughout North Carolina as a highly skilled technician in both woodwinds and brasses.

Melody was the first repair specialist and instructor at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and held that position for over a decade. While there, she developed a comprehensive repair curriculum for band and orchestra directors. Her classes and clinics on instrument repair are designed to help music directors deal with day-to-day repair problems as well as maintenance, troubleshooting and how to work with repair technicians. She also worked with students as apprentices and helped launch their careers in the repair field. In 2013, she published a book on repair called, "Stuff Band Directors Need to Know", which is used as a text book as well as a resource for music educators.

Melody is a long time NAPBIRT member, clinician and is the current Region 2 Director. She owns and operates her own repair shop, Carolina Wind and Brass Repair in Clemmons, NC, and is an active performer in the community, playing with several groups. She continues to study, improving and adding to her skill set of repair. Melody lives with her husband and a rescue mutt or two.

Tool Maintenance and Restoration
Steve Cook

Let's face it ... tools in this industry are expensive and maintenance can be difficult and time consuming. I will guide you through restoration methods to bring these precious items back to life and ways to keep them from future deterioration. We will also talk about the countless products out there to help give you a better understanding of what these mysterious items do and which ones will be best suited for your needs.

Steve Cook has experienced many facets of the music industry for over 25 years working with manufacturers, retailers and musicians. He started repairing guitars and woodwinds in 1988 and opened Cook Instrument Repair in 1992. As business grew, so did his desire to learn. He broadened his education through numerous individuals and organizations like Mike Donoghue (Electronics Master), NAPBIRT and the Midwest Luthiers Guild. In 2001, Cook Instrument Repair became a full service repair facility.

Surviving the Brass Jungle and
Other Things I Learned Along the Way

Mark Sorlie

This will be a tour through my view of brass repair, touching on trombone slide repair, rotor and piston repair concepts, dent work thoughts and a touch on the most neglected item in case repair and my "pet peeve", aluminum valances. After many years of repair and building, I will share the way I address these subjects through "minimalism" and my experiences. All of this in the mindset of charging what your repairs are worth rather than how long it might take.

Mark Sorlie has been a professional bassist and singer for countless years. He has played in all genres of live and recorded music with a degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of North Dakota and additional schooling at Berklee in Boston. After years of making a living playing music, he developed the interest in the instruments that he plays into the repair of them. He officially entered the professional world of repair in 1979 as an apprentice in the Chicago area. After stints running a number of large repair shops (Karnes Music and International Musical Suppliers) in the Chicago area, hand building trumpets and trombones at 2 stints at Schilke Music and National Dealer Service Manager at Boosey & Hawkes, he became the National Warranty Service Manager for Yamaha Corporation of America's B & O Division, located in the Chicago area in 2007.

He has trained in the repair of brass, stringed instruments and percussion with a minor in woodwinds. Having specifically honed his trombone manipulation skills over the years, he still keeps the trombones in top shape for many of the professional trombone players in the Chicago area and beyond in his home shop. He is a long-time member of NAPBIRT and has presented clinics at both Regional Clinics and Annual Conferences.

Wayne Wellman received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He completed the Allied Band Instrument Repair School in 1979 joining NAPBIRT at that time. In addition, he's been to Yamaha for technicial training.

Wayne has over 40 years of experience repairing brass and woodwind instruments in a retail store, servicing rental instruments and school inventory. He is an expert craftsman with a keen ability to re-create obsolete and unavailable parts. He also enjoys being a freelance bassoonist around town.

Roundtable Discussion
Melody Choplin / Steve Cook / Mark Sorlie / Wayne Wellman

A very popular clinic at many NAPBIRT events is the Roundtable Discussion. This clinic encourages everyone in attendance to ask questions, offer solutions, compare experiences and basically share information with one another. Sometimes, just knowing that you aren't the only one having problems with a certain repair procedure or brand of instrument can actually make you feel better. Once you realize that you are not alone, you can open your mind up for solutions to some common frustrations of instrument repair.


Saturday:   January 25, 2020

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Student Bassoons - Melody Choplin
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Tool Maintenance and Restoration - Steve Cook
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Surviving The Brass Jungle - Mark Sorlie
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Roundtable Discussion - All Clinicians
  4:30 - Adjourn


Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, January 4, 2020)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, January 5, 2020)

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  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
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By registering for this event, I give my permission for NAPBIRT, Inc. to use, without limitation or obligations, photographs, film footage, or tape recordings which may include my image or voice for the purpose of promoting or interpreting NAPBIRT programs and services.

I waive all claims for damage and/or loss to my person or property which may be caused by an act, or failure to act of NAPBIRT, it's officers, directors, agents, or employees and the hosts and clinicians. I understand that there are inherent dangers in working with tools and repairing instruments and I assume the risk of all dangerous conditions in and about such clinics and waive any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions.

Clinic Etiquette:
Hand held audio recorders and still cameras are permitted providing that you do not disrupt the session and you have the permission of the clinician. Video cameras and other similar equipment are not permitted without advance written authorization from NAPBIRT.

Cellular phones and other electronic gadgets must be turned to OFF or SILENT during all scheduled events including tours, meals, and clinics.

Our goal is the free exchange of ideas and techniques. Please remember that the clinicians are your colleagues: feel free to ask questions and participate during clinics. Questions asked during clinics are often very valuable: be respectful of those asking questions, whether they are new technicians or seasoned veterans. We would also ask that you remember that there are different ways to achieve a desired end, and that not all technicians always agree on the same techniques or tools. If you find yourself in a position in which you disagree with the clinician, we would ask that you be respectful to the clinician and your fellow audience members and not be disruptive in the clinic.

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