Some Things Have Changed!

On July 1, 2014, Salisbury Music & Instrument Repair closed it’s retail location at 925 Eastern Shore Drive. There were many reasons, but the primary reason was that I wasn’t  generating enough revenue to keep a “retail” location open.


I am still in business and doing about 80% of what I did before.

I moved my repair shop into the garage of my house, and am still doing band and orchestra instrument repairs.

Drop Off Option 1
The Guitar Man Music Store
1013 S. Salisbury Blvd.
Salisbury, MD 21804
(Next to Burger King just north of Salisbury Music)
Mon-Sat 10a-6p
(I’m stopping by every couple of days)

Drop Off Option 2
Seaford Music
22876 Sussex Highway(Rt. 13)
Seaford, DE
Mon-Thu: 10a – 6p
Fri: 10 – 8p
Sat: 10a – 5p
(I stop by every Tuesday during the school year, as needed during the summer)

School Option 3
If your child goes to school in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, or Talbot County, I visit most of the schools once a week during the school year. Call me at 410-543-1200 and we can discuss the details.

Yes, I’m still doing band and instrument rentals. Clicking the On-Line Rental Button on my home page is the easiest way. Call me at 410-543-1200 for some other options.

Piano Stuff
Yes, I’m still tuning, repairing, moving and renting pianos.

Bari Sax Brace Fabrication


I had a bari sax come in with a missing brace. The part wasn’t readily available, so it was easier to fabricate one. I needed a think piece of brass, so a baritone bell ring from the “boneyard” became my starting point. After removing the bell ring, I’ve cut it in 1/2.



I’ve now thinned the piece down to the width I need.



Flattened and cut to final size



Polished, bend added, and holes ready to be drilled



Holes drilled, and corners rounded off.



Installed on bari sax. I was striving for sturdiness and functionality. The original was certainly more ornate, but school systems typically don’t have the money for ornate. Nuts are LocTited on, so we shouldn’t have to worry about it coming off again.

Bench Notes – June 1, 2009

bench notes_bd

  • Banana Flute
  • Summer Hours
  • Some People Just Have Too Much Time on Their Hands
  • Buffet Crampon New York Showroom Opening


Banana Flute

This is what is commonly referred to as a Banana Flute in the repair industry. Basically a flute that has been sat on and bent, making it look like a banana.  Below are some before and after pictures from a recent flute brought in for repair. This particular Gemeinhardt was bent between the Thumb Bb key and the B Key.

banana flute 1

banana flute 2

Several factors come into play on this type of repair.

  1. The body tube needs to be straightened and the “dents” removed. (this is done with the keys in place)
  2. Any tone holes affected need to be reshaped and leveled. (in this case the Bb & B tone holes needed major work)
  3. Finally, any key adjustment and regulation has to be done, so nothing binds or has too much lost motion.

You can still see where the “dents” were, when the metal stretches the silver-plate micro-fractures, leaving the “cloudy” appearance.  The plating can be stripped and the instrument re-plated, but most customers don’t opt for that.


image Summer Hours

Effective June 1, 2009, Salisbury Music will be closed on Saturday’s. We will re-institute Saturday hours sometime in August, but we look forward to taking some much needed time off. For the summer our hours will be:

  • Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm


Some People Just Have Too Much Time on Their Hands



image Buffet Crampon
New York Showroom Opening

Showcasing Buffet Crampon woodwinds, Besson brass, and Antoine Courtois brass, the new Buffet Crampon New York Showroom will be celebrating its grand opening on Friday, June 5th from 2pm – 6pm at 160 W 48th Street, 4th Floor, NYC, 10036.