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Regional Clinic - Renton, WA
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When: 02/08/2020
8:00 am
Where: Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th St
Renton, Washington  98056
United States
Contact: Jessica Ganska

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A Creative Approach to Metal Smoothing
Scott Mandeville

Let's look at how we can use our unique tools to creatively solve repair issues, while relentlessly pursuing the fundamentals of metal manipulation.

How can we apply new techniques that will produce better results and help with technician longevity?

Is the dent machine only for taking out dents?

Micro rebounding.??? Whaaaattt?!?

We will cover other metal shaping possibilities and how "Observation of Effort" is your new best friend.

Estimating: The Art of Bringing Value
Scott Mandeville

Learning how our clients perceive value and how the business sees value will open new doors to enhancing the client experience. If you can successfully take a dose of estimating theory and apply that to client interaction, you will drive significant business into the repair shop.

Please bring a few instruments to estimate and assess and we will apply these principles to the process.

Scott Mandeville has played Euphonium in bands for over 45 years. As a student of both music and mechanics, Scott studied music at University and musical mechanics at Allied Repair School. He moved back to California and led the repair team at Northridge Music Center for 24 years.

In 2005, Scott purchased Tim's Music in Sacramento. Tim's has grown under Scott's leadership and currently serves over 250 schools throughout Northern California. Tim's Music has been awarded the distinctive "NAMM TOP 100" for 2018 & 2019. Scott has served as president of NAPBIRT and has served on the NAMM Board of Directors.

Working Smarter for Longevity:
Ergonomics in the BIR Shop

Laurel Partin

How do we make the most of mechanical advantage in our approach to repairs? Knowledge and application of ergonomics can help us all do better repairs more efficiently no matter the size and strength of our frame or hands. Moving with awareness of long-term effects of motion also helps us have better sustainability and longevity in the field.

In this clinic we will explore how to work smarter for the goal of longevity and sustainability of the technician. We will explore specific techniques which can make possible repairs which, with smaller hands or frames, we might not otherwise be able to attain. We will briefly discuss the basic science behind mechanics of injury and the process of healing, to better avoid injury and heal more thoroughly. We will explore better mechanical advantage and ergonomics through posture, hand positions, shop design, habits, tool modifications, and tool designs. We will explore and practice specific stretches and exercises. These habits, tools, tips, and tricks make it easier on our hands and bodies as technicians and give us more techniques to access so that we can better serve our clients and have a healthier and longer potential career in BIR.

The Culture of the Saxophone COA:
Laurel Partin

In our shop, the idea of a saxophone COA (Clean/Oil/Adjust) is as accepted as a high-end flute COA. We do COA services regularly for student to professional grade instruments for saxophones, clarinets, oboes, and bassoons as well as flutes. Let's talk about how we got here. In this clinic we'll detail the why, the how, and the language and client conversations which help to develop this culture in a shop. We'll talk over reasons for a COA on a saxophone and how to discuss this maintenance service with clients with respect to longevity of pad life, mitigation of sticky pads, protection of key structure, maintenance of post fitting, and sanitation. We'll discuss the methods of evaluating the need for a COA, then efficiently performing a COA with the opportunity to improve the mechanical and pad structure of the instrument. Finally, we will discuss the specific COA techniques which help you give your client the "Wow" moment both at pick-up and throughout the year.

Laurel Partin transitioned to musical instrument repair after being an innovative science educator for 15 years. She also carries rich experiences in biomedical research, cabinetry, musical performance, and theatrical lighting design. In 2012, she stepped straight out of repair school at Renton Technical College into the opportunity of a direct mentorship with Scott Mandeville at Tim's Music in Sacramento, CA. The invaluable direct mentorship deepened and accelerated her approach to the craft.

Laurel is honored to have clients who seek her out for high-end woodwind repairs and is enjoying developing a double reed repair studio. She has managed the repair shop at Tim's Music for five years, where we moved into a gorgeous facility with 12 benches in 2017. A few of the 12 benches at Tim's are committed to training and mentorship for developing technicians. We are committed to the full development of technicians and to deepening the fine skill and concept sets for efficient and high-quality repair. Come to the NAPBIRT National Conference in Sacramento in April 2020 and see our shop.

When not juggling repairs with shop management you can find Laurel playing tenor sax, flute, clarinet, vox, French horn, and Bassoon (!) in various professional and community groups. She also swims, scuba dives, hikes solo in the wilderness, knits, practices TaiChi and BaGua, and makes delicious Kombucha. She is looking forward to seeing repair frambly (friend-family) at this regional clinic at RTC!


Saturday:   February 8, 2020

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Metal Smoothing - Scott Mandeville
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: The Culture of the Saxophone COA - Laurel Partin
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Ergonomics in the BIR Shop - Laurel Partin
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Estimating: The Art of Bringing Value - Scott Mandeville
  4:30 - Adjourn


Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, January 18, 2020)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, January 19, 2020)

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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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