Paul Heimann is the guy
I am the guy behind the scenes with the magic hands and the musical ear. I am a master craftsman who has perfected the art of repairing and restoring brass and woodwind band instruments.
What I do is a dying art. There are a lot of hobbyiest out there, but not a lot of professionals. It takes a long time to become an expert at this type of craft. That's why I'm so passionate about what I do - I enjoyed the idea of pursuing a unique art form. It's also an ideal way to blend my innate mechanical ability to fix things along with my love of music.
Before retiring I specialized in the complete rebuild of all brass and woodwind instruments from piccolos to tubas.
My customers came from all over the country.
I love taking an instrument apart and putting it back together again in mint condition. It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I never get tired of it.
In addition to cleaning, polishing and oiling, I replaced the pads on woodwind instruments; took dents out of brass instruments and preserved the freshly polished instrument with lacquer.
When I was 15 years old my dad, who owned a music store, put me in his repair department where I learned the basics. Later I completed a 48 week program and graduated from Allied School of Band Instrument Repair, a nationally recognized school in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Now almost 50 years later, I have officially retired. However, I do keep myself occupied by buying and selling quality clarinets and saxophones, repairing them and flipping them. I offer a one year free service policy on all my instruments under normal circumstances.
I have also created an instructional video on how to overhaul a clarinet and an instructional video on how to overhaul a saxophone. These videos consist of the complete teardown, reassemble, to final blow testing.
I am also eager to help anyone interested in band repair.
I have started a Facebook page, "Hobbyist Band Repair." If you would like to join our group, there are a lot of hobbyist as well as professionals full of questions and information.