Woodwind Shop in Altadena Extends Days and Hours of Operation

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Evening and Weekend Hours Adds Convenience for Clients

Clients are asking if they can stop by in the evening, or on the weekends. I’m happy to accommodate their needs.

Let’s face it, no one wants to sit in traffic! Michael Irwin, owner of The Woodwind Shop in Altadena (and repair technician with over 30 years experience), has extended the shop hours of operation to avoid traffic congestion. Irwin says, “Traffic in the late afternoons can double travel time, so many clients are asking if they can stop by in the evening, or on the weekends. I’m happy to accommodate their needs.”

Estimates for repairs are free, and small jobs can often be done “while you wait”. Michael has been repairing flutes, saxes, clarinets, and other woodwinds (including recently working on an Octavin!) for over 30 years. He learned “on the job” under the tutelage of Bob Gilchrist while working at Whitney’s Band Instruments in San Francisco. He then started Marin Woodwinds in Fairfax, CA (Marin County), and continued to do repair work from his home/shop even after closing down that store.

Michael moved to So Cal in 1999, and now does repairs from his home/shop in Altadena. “I really understand that driving in So Cal is quite different than it was in Nor Cal! One option is for players to ship their instruments. Sometimes they prefer to drop them off and have them returned via UPS, or sometimes they prefer to ship to me and pick it up when done. Either way, it saves making two trips from Santa Barbara, or Orange County, or the Palm Dale area! And $10 for shipping can be a lot less than the cost of gas at today’s prices!”

Michael’s specialty is fine tuning flutes by properly fitting the head joint into the body, and fine tuning saxes by property fitting the neck into the receiver. “It’s amazing how much difference a proper fit makes”, Michael says. “The resonance of the instrument must travel through the body as well as the air column, and without a proper fit the clarity of the tone will suffer.” Michael recently posted an article on his website, http://www.woodwindshop.com, describing the proper procedure for doing these jobs.

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