Brass and woodwind repairs (NI)
by musicians, for musicians
Prevention is always better than cure! Annual servicing for brass and woodwind is recommended to prevent problems developing.
We can fix anything from sticky slides to bent keys, for all kinds of brass and woodwind instruments. View our full list of repairs here.
The Brass Surgery is run by Richard Ashmore, a professional player of 30 years, 18 of which as Principal Bass Trombone with the Ulster Orchestra (BBCNI). He has toured extensively across the world with various bands and orchestras and has made N. Ireland his home since 1999. He has recently turned a lifelong interest in brass repair into a professional business, following training with NAMIR. As an educator, Richard has taught at every level from beginner to diploma and beyond, and for all ages! He has also run his own education outfit ‘Primary Music’ specialising in shows and workshops in schools and nurseries and is now translating his extensive knowledge and experience from performance into instrument repairs and tuition.
All repairs can be carried out for insurance purposes. Written quotes can be made after inspection of the instrument and all work will be carried out in accordance with guidance from the insurance company to the highest standard.
“I RECENTLY GAVE RICHARD MY CONN ELKHART 88H TO REPAIR. IT WAS PURCHASED FROM THE US & ARRIVED A LITTLE WORSE FOR WEAR. RICHARD REMOVED DENTS IN THE SLIDE, BELL & TUNING SLIDE & SERVICED THE VALVE. I WAS DELIGHTED WITH HIS HANDIWORK AND THE CARE TAKEN TO ENSURE SUCH A RARE INSTRUMENT WAS GIVEN THE CORRECT KIND OF ATTENTION. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED & VERY REASONABLY PRICED."
NEIL GALLIE / SUB-PRINCIPLE TROMBONE / ULSTER ORCHESTRA
“RICHARD RECENTLY OVERHAULED THE VALVES ON MY BACH STRADIVARIUS Bb TRUMPET. HE WAS FANTASTIC TO DEAL WITH AND I'M DELIGHTED WITH THE WORK HE DID ESPECIALLY AS IT WAS AT SHORT NOTICE WITH A QUICK TURNAROUND. PRICE WAS VERY REASONABLE AND WOULD HAPPILY RECOMMEND HIM TO OTHERS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR PROFESSIONAL BRASS REPAIRS."
PAMELA STAINER / PROFESSIONAL TRUMPET PLAYER & TEACHER
For any enquiries, questions or commendations, please call 07747616197 or fill out the following form.
** Please note due to a recent return to full-time work with the Ulster Orchestra The Brass Surgery has suspended repairs until further notice. We are hoping to reopen at some point in the future, but due to time constraints are currently unable to take on new projects. We would like to thank all of our customers to date, and hope to be able to help again soon.
Best Regards, Richard **
The Brass Surgery
33 Bryansburn Road