Blue Ridge Music is open for business at 4217 Main St. Ste. E. and located behind Progressive Insurance in the Mckenzie West shopping center. NEW STORE HOURS : Tue.-Fri. 9:00-5:30 and SATURDAY 9:00-3:00. Thank you! Charlie.
The best reward for quality craftsmanship is the pleased looks on our customers faces when they hold their restored instrument for the first time.
I recieved the Vintage Bach Trumpet Case. It will be fine for the horn intended (Dillon/Bach Conversion 229GH) and I consider it a fine value. I do appreciate your being upfront about the crack (which I had to search to find). Thank you for the honesty and prompt service. Dennis
Karl Klassen is one of the finest instrument technicians I know. His work on my instruments is always thorough, and his attention to cosmetic detail is impressive. I always recommend Karl's work to anyone.
Karl has continuously been speedy and knowledgeable. His shop is well equipped. I trust his craftmanship on modifications, adjustments, cleaning and overhauls. His prices are fair and his demeaner pleasing. Thanks for taking care of my new $8000 tuba which needed repair from shipping. His work for the University and for my colleagues has been top quality.
Just a note to let you know I did, indeed, receive the cornet in undamaged condition. Thank You! [...]
I am getting used to this fine horn all over again. It has a wonderful tone and I am using my 7 1/2 C while leaving the horn in C, which is interesting both the lip and the ear. There is really no reason for me to make random adjustments until I get my chops up and get used to the new instrument. I will keep in mind your suggestion of a shallower mouthpiece.
The valves are not noisy now. The "body work" you did appears to be impeccable. [...] Overall and at first blush, I am very pleased, especially with your personal work and care. My intention is to play this horn a lot, not use it as a fine display piece, even though it would certainly qualify as one. It is absolutely amazing the quality of manufacturing craftsmanship this country was capable of demonstrating a hundred years ago. Such a contrast to the impostor imported junk that is so prevalent now. Much as the woodworking skills demonstrated in the great ship USS Constitution must surely reflect the pinnacle of achievement of form and function in woodworking, these instruments are an acme of form and function in metal.
I [would] particularly like to comment on your skills and dedication to excellence. It is rare and refreshing to find such a combination in these times and I am fortunate to have been favored by your sterling services. I sincerely hope you have an apprentice so there is at least the possibility of passing on these skills and attitude to another generation.
I have been teaching in a charter school for a couple of years now, both music and other academic subjects. I am struck as to how important is and how great the hunger is for real education; It is the conduit by which we transmit our life long learning to the next generation and it is the only way a society or civilization can advance. It only takes one generation that does not learn to start a downward spiral, and the state of real education in this country is really quite dismal.
So, Karl, as we start the new year and I have my restored cornet restored to me, I applaud you and your pursuit of excellence. It has been as a breath of fresh air and a refreshing glimpse into what dedication and craftsmanship really means.
The Victor New Wonder Cornet being held by the student on the far right (Savanna's grandfather) was new the year this picture was taken in 1951. It is now being played by his granddaughter and was recently restored here and was changed to bright silver plate.
Savannah has really enjoyed playing her instrument at school and is the envy of her fellow band players. She loves the attention to detail you put into this instrument. My father was very excited about having his cornet fixed up and having his grand-daughter play the instrument... Thanks! Gail S.
Karl is fitting and shimming these loose rotor valves for Paul L.
Another example of the detail oriented work Karl painstakingly produces.
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