We believe that good quality repair work is tied to the success or failure of the musician, whether you're a beginner or a professional. Our philosophy is that every musician should have an instrument that plays well, without leaks, squeaks,cracks or buzzes.
Scott Mims, a
St. Paul native and Central High School graduate, played sax
in the University of Minnesota marching band before
switching to Southeast Technical College. At Red Wing Scott
studied woodwind & brass repair with Greg Beckwith and
Ken Cance before joining the Cadenza repair shop in May 2004.
Scott showed an early aptitude for instrument repair which
his band teachers used to their advantage. Invariably, some
instrument always fails just before a concert, and Scott's
teachers soon learned that Scott was the kid with the knack
Woodwind and Brass
Jean Carey, woodwind specialist, apprenticed with Niles Gadbois
at his shop in South Minneapolis in 1975. In 1977 Jean agreed
to come to Cadenza and start our repair shop. Since then she
has repaired instruments for beginners, amateurs, members of
the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and
both local and touring professionals. She's straightened flutes
that were sat on, and one that was used to bean a little brother.
She's pulled chemistry notes and love letters out of tubas
and saved many a recital or concert with last minute repairs.
A flute player herself, Jean looks for the same precision in
a bari sax as she does in a piccolo. Jean has developed a well
deserved reputation as a bassoon expert, and she gets bassoons
in from all over the state.
Mariel Oliveira, a
woodwind specialist, graduated from Southeast Technical College in 2008, where she studied woodwind and brass repair. Mariel is a native of Connecticut and worked in instrument repair in the Boston area prior to joining Cadenza. Mariel is a bassoonist with community band Minnesota Freedom Band, serves on the board of a second community band, and plays drone bassoon with a third community group.
Andy Denny graduated with honors in stringed instrument repair
from Southeast Technical College (Red Wing) where he studied
violin with Lisbeth Nelson-Butler. He has built banjos at Nechville
Musical Products in Bloomington, Minnesota and does violin
repair and restoration for David Bolland in Northfield, Minnesota.
Andy builds banjos in his free time.
Cadenza Music Now
Features Ultrasonic Instrument Cleaning!
Brass instruments get dirty. The constant
passage of warm, wet air through an instrument means that regular
cleaning is a must. Brass players frequently put off getting
maintenance done on their instruments until the instrument stops
working all together: tuning slides won't move, valves stick,
and the lead pipes and tuning slides start to rust through due
to corrosion ("red rot.") As you can imagine, except
for dents and broken solder joints, most of the problems with
brass instruments are cleaning issues, and the useful life of
a brass instrument increases with regular maintenance.