Repair Gig

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fluteguy18
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Repair Gig

Post by fluteguy18 » Thu May 22, 2014 8:59 am

So, just a heads up...

I start my first repair gig on Tuesday. I will be doing general repairs during rental season (but with an emphasis on flutes and clarinets), and then mostly flutes and double reeds through the rest of the year. I'll have to do a little bit of everything depending on what walks through the door, but mostly flutes and double reeds.

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Re: Repair Gig

Post by Phineas » Thu May 22, 2014 11:35 am

fluteguy18 wrote:So, just a heads up...

I start my first repair gig on Tuesday. I will be doing general repairs during rental season (but with an emphasis on flutes and clarinets), and then mostly flutes and double reeds through the rest of the year. I'll have to do a little bit of everything depending on what walks through the door, but mostly flutes and double reeds.

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Re: Repair Gig

Post by bigbandaxes » Thu May 22, 2014 11:54 am

Boy, this is a yin/yang type thing. I'm about to leave my very last repair gig. It's been 36 good years, but I'm ready to put away my tools. I bought homes, raised a family, worked very long hours during rental seasons, and had a good life.
Good luck to you. Just remember 3 things, the customer is always right, even if they are wrong. Like it or not, good or bad, the boss is the boss. And lastly, don't be afraid to become you own boss (start your own biz).

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Re: Repair Gig

Post by JButky » Thu May 22, 2014 2:16 pm

You working in a shop for someone or in your own shop for a store?
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Re: Repair Gig

Post by mirwa » Thu May 22, 2014 5:22 pm

Best wishes, but be careful what you wish for..:)

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Re: Repair Gig

Post by pied_piper » Thu May 22, 2014 5:36 pm

Congrats!!!
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Re: Repair Gig

Post by cflutist » Thu May 22, 2014 11:02 pm

Congrats so happy for you.

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Re: Repair Gig

Post by fluteguy18 » Fri May 23, 2014 7:16 am

JButky wrote:You working in a shop for someone or in your own shop for a store?
I'm working for someone. It's an odd situation... sort of. I'll be alone 3/5 days a week. The other two either the owner/head tech will be coming to my location, or I will be going to his location. He's looking to retire from the bench soon and since he does all the flutes and double reeds, he's transitioning them over to my bench. He has several other techs on staff and they all have dedicated areas of focus (One for brass, one for strings, one for piano, and a guy who does all of the clarinets and saxophones that come in. It's a very woodwind heavy shop). The only time I will be doing general repair is if it is something simple that I can do while the customer waits instead of taking it to the other location where the specialist works.

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Re: Repair Gig

Post by mirwa » Fri May 23, 2014 6:40 pm

Sounds typical of most music stores, they do some in house work and sub contract everything else out.

This is how my business works, but on the sub contracting side, I have a repair shop front, but most of my work comes from stores and schools who have sub contracted the repair out to me to complete

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Re: Repair Gig

Post by Zevang » Sat May 24, 2014 7:40 am

Congratulations fluteguy!

Wish you all the best and success!

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Re: Repair Gig

Post by flutego12 » Sat May 24, 2014 3:13 pm

Congratulatons, fluteguy18.
So glad for you. And wish you good success.
The woodwind repair world, your oyster, awaits.

Much favour.
flutist with a screwdriver

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