Taylors Music Chester County

Repairs

PERFORM AT YOUR BEST BY KEEPING YOUR INSTRUMENT IN TOP CONDITION
At Taylor’s Music our highly trained technicians bring years of experience in woodwind, brass, string, and percussion repairs to every customer who comes through our door. Our repair shop is on-site, and this helps us guarantee the shortest possible turnaround time without sacrificing quality parts or service. This also ensures that you spend more time making music and less time waiting for your instrument to be ready. We gladly do any job from changing a string to fabricating custom modifications.

Repairs are available on most instruments. All of our repair people have a great deal of experience and are truly experts in their field. Most repairs are backed by a 90 Day Warranty.

Email; bandrepair@taylorsmusic.com

Meet Our Technicians

Band Instrument Repairs

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Aaron Folmsbee was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. His repair career began in 2012 as a shop assistant at Twin Village Music in Lancaster, NY. He attended Renton Technical College in Renton, Washington, where he earned his Certificate in Band Instrument Repair Technology in 2015. From 2016-2020, Aaron served as the primary brass instrument service technician at Bridgepoint Music in Menlo Park, California. There, he provided services from routine cleaning and maintenance to custom modifications to clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. As of the fall of 2020, Aaron has settled in Chester County as a band instrument repair technician and joined Taylor’s Music. Aaron has been a member and clinician of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) since 2015. Outside the repair shop, Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Certificate in Trumpet Performance from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. He has taught private music lessons since 2006 and has performed in a variety of musical settings spanning jazz, classical, rock, punk, folk, improvisatory and experimental music.

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Katie Kendall is a native of Las Cruces, NM, where she attended New Mexico State University. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance, she relocated to Renton, Washington in 2014 to study band instrument repair. She spent her first year at the bench in St. George, Utah. In 2016 she began working at Bridgepoint Music in Menlo Park, California, where she was the woodwind repair specialist. She became Straubinger Certified in 2017 and attended the NAPBIRT University Bassoon Course during the summer of 2018. Additionally, she has been an active member of NAPBIRT since 2015 and has served as a clinician and committee member. In 2020, she accepted a position at Taylor’s Music Store & Studios as a Band Instrument Repair Technician.

 


String Instruments Repairs

 

Frank Saam is an exceptional violin maker and graduate from The International School Of Violin Making in Cremona Italy. Frank began to study the art of violin making as a child. He worked at the House of Primavera until he was 18. He moved to Belgium to work as a restorer for a year, and then decided to apply for the top violin making school in the world – The International School of Violin Making in Cremona, Italy. After obtaining his diploma in 1992, he moved to Magnolia, New Jersey where he opened his own workshop. Frank has been working with Taylor’s Music since 1996. Some of Frank Saam’s instruments are played in the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony and beyond. For more information Email; band@taylorsmusic.com

 

 


Piano Tuning, Repairs, and Cleaning

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Gina Helwig, Head Piano Technician

With over 25 years of apprenticing and experience, we are thrilled to have Gina as the head of our Piano Service Department. She possesses a wide breadth of experience in all aspects of piano tuning and service, including reconditioning, restorations, rebuilds, humidity control system installation, (Gina is certified as a Field Expert Dampp-Chaser installer by Piano Lifesaver Systems) and some refinishing.  Prior to joining Taylor’s, Gina ran her own piano service company for many years, amassing over 3000 satisfied clients.  With Gina’s gregarious, unpretentious personality, you’ll look forward to her visits as she expertly services your piano! Simply give Taylor’s Music a call to schedule an appointment. Check out Gina’s work on her rebuilding a Steinway and Sons Grand Piano!

 

Give Taylor’s a call today for piano questions, (610.696.1812 Ext.115) or submit a request for tuning through the link below.

  Choose from these service options:

Standard Tuning  – Standard tuning with no extra adjustments or repairs. (Pitch raise may be needed on pianos not tuned in a while. See Below)

Standard Tuning with Pitch Raise – Required for pianos that have not been tuned for a while and are significantly under pitch.

What is a Pitch Raise on a pianoDue to environmental conditions and/or length of time between tunings, a piano may drop significantly in pitch. This requires the piano technician to make two passes through all 200 piano strings; the first pass to “rough in” the tuning, and the second to fine tune to concert pitch. Regular tunings (at least twice a year) and a stable environment with regards to temperature and humidity help keep your piano in good working order.

Interior Cleaning – Upright Pianos – Vacuum bottom of piano behind panel.

Additional Cleaning Services – Additional cleaning services are available such as string cleaning, cleaning of the action, tuning pins, keys, and cabinet. Cost to be assessed at time of visit.

Piano evaluation – This includes examination of the piano and estimate for services needed. If service is completed at the time of the visit, fee is applied toward total cost.

Piano Appraisal – Includes evaluation and written appraisal of value.

To schedule a tuning, click the link below and complete the tuning form.

Piano Service Request


Guitar Repairs

 Dominick Ciociola has many years of experience working on guitars and basses. Dom is one of the few techs that can troubleshoot electronics in a guitar, set-up, fret work, not just mechanical problems.

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Click here to see a list of repairs that we do!

You can feel confident in leaving your instrument to be repaired with us!

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