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Setting Up Shop

tictactux

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#1
My (IT related) work contract ran out by the end of 2013, and for the first time in roughly 25 years I had the opportunity to review my professional life. I even booked some career counselling and the net result was that my interests don't necessarily coincide with my learned profession. So I decided to split jobs, bit of IT for the bread and bit of manual work for the butter.

As I have been repairing clarinets for the past seven or eight years, and as I have a somewhat solid machinery background (like sharpening pencils on a lathe) I decided to set up shop in the restoration/repair business, mainly for clarinets and saxes, but also for other instruments. I even repair broken glasses frames (my wife being a loyal customer in that side business). I have a reasonably equipped workshop for most of what I might encounter and have some addresses ready for the nastier cases - just like every good doctor I might have to send my patients to a specialist when I know that a case is beyond my abilities.

So, wish me luck...

 

tictactux

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The logo is made with tongue-in-cheek. Those who know me know what I mean. :)
Besides, I won't put it on my business card - it's just on the home page.
 

jbtsax

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Those who don't know you may get the wrong impression. :emoji_astonished: I wouldn't take an instrument to someone with that type of "humor" on their website. Perhaps it is because I have seen similar repairs done by people who meant well but didn't have a clue about what they were doing.
 

tictactux

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#8
Quality, speed, economy, pick any two................................
Believe it or not, at one time I had exactly that sentence on that picture as well... :-D

But you may be right, something more conservative may be advisable. I can still convert that pic to a poster... ;-)
 
#9
Believe it or not, at one time I had exactly that sentence on that picture as well... :-D

But you may be right, something more conservative may be advisable. I can still convert that pic to a poster... ;-)
Yes, maybe duct tape would be better. Then you could get your own reality T.V. show. You could call it "Duct Dynasty".
 

tictactux

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Yes, maybe duct tape would be better. Then you could get your own reality T.V. show. You could call it "Duct Dynasty".
:)

Duct tape is evil. It's probably my least favourite "band aid". It's unstable, unsightly and leaves a gooey mess when removed. I prefer Jubilee clips, they're a more flexible version of the various bow and neck clamps on saxes. Maybe I should find some in gold lacquer. :cool:

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pete

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#11
The logo is made with tongue-in-cheek. Those who know me know what I mean. :)
You could use it as the "before" pic in a "before and after" montage.
 
#12
This humor preventing someone from going to you...? OK... :)
I guess maybe you'd walk away when I open the door in my fluffy sheepy slipers that I usually wear at home and while working... :)
It wouldn't bother me at all.

But that's a weird looking pipe you are tightening there :-D

In reality there is often no correlation between the work someone is doing and their humor, but I'd say this idea you came up, if anything, is a good sign :)

Your exotic name should help too, though I guess you and everyone in your area don't realize that :)

The only suggestion I have is if you had a bit more fill light from the right/top/front side.
 
#13
:)

Duct tape is evil. It's probably my least favourite "band aid". It's unstable, unsightly and leaves a gooey mess when removed. I prefer Jubilee clips, they're a more flexible version of the various bow and neck clamps on saxes. Maybe I should find some in gold lacquer. :cool:

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The Duct Dynasty Maintenance Philosophy:
If it doesn't move and it should, spray it with WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn't, wrap it in duct tape.
 

tictactux

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I think my head is going to explode. . . .
be glad I haven't got a store where I could decorate the window... :D

FWIW I hate the use of superlatives and patting-one's-own-shoulder in signboards. I'd rather buy in a store that says "fine food" than where they advertise "only the finest food".

So rest assured that my web presence will be modest and factual. ;-)
 

pete

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jbtsax

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So rest assured that my web presence will be modest and factual. ;-)
I trust professional as well. ;-)

Now that you are doing repairs professionally, you may want to get Reg Thorpe's "The Complete Woodwind Repair Manual" if you don't have a copy already. For most techs I know it is the "Bible" of woodwind repair and a great reference book. Reg has got to be a genius to have accumulated that much knowledge in such a short period of time since instrument repair was his 2nd or 3rd career. You can tell he is British since he calls posts "pillars" and necks "crooks". I have met him and he is the most unassuming and modest gentleman you would ever meet.

Good luck in your new venture.
 
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