I figured I'd start a new thread just to give an update on something I posted about last year when I was having horn trouble - as some may remember, I live in Maine, and posted, with some desperation, a plea for assistance in finding a repair person for my horns - all of which had been worked on by another local and all of which had come back to me in varying states of dis-repair. The advice I got at the time here was of several varieties:
1) "you're an idiot and don't deserve a working horn."
2) "buy a leak light"
well, the only leak light I use is the night light in my bathroom. And maybe I am not worthy, but some nice person here DID suggest Kingston Winds in East Waterboro Maine, about 45 minutes north of where I live. So I got in touch with Joe Kingston, and months later all I can say is: WOW! Joe is not only the nicest guy in the field that I have ever met, but is a master repairman and fine musician. It has taken a little while, but is/was worth the wait - so far he has:
1) turned my beat up King Zephyr (1940s) alto into a tone machine; took it apart, cleaned it, fixed the leaks, and it sings.
2) turned my '20 Buescher C Melody into a perfectly working horn, that plays smoothly and swiftly, top to bottom (also realigned the neck so I've stopped getting spasms on fast passages) -
3) restored my early '40s Bundy/Conn 6m so it plays like a real 6M, loud and fast (and this took some doing, as there were continual problems with the low end that Joe solved by doing some work on the neck).
4) refaced an old C melody mouthpiece that he had laying around (he opened it up a bit) so now I actually have a mouthpiece to play on that is historically accurate AND lets the C Melody sound like a C Melody - because Joe also does excellent mouthpiece work -
so all I can say is that I am a satisfied customer, and would not hesitate to send anyone in the direction of Kingston Winds. His rates are reasonable and he is beyond competent - he is a problem solver and master repairman. And did I mention what an incredibly nice guy he is?