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NEED SUMMER REPAIRS AND CLEANING FOR SCHOOL INSTRUMENTS?
Now is the time! We are currently accepting summer repair projects in the Greater Atlanta area. Contact us to schedule a visit at 770.988.5075, or fill out our simple quote request form.
The Gift of Music Foundation has a full-service instrument repair shop in our new HQ facilities in northwest Atlanta, GA. Our shop can handle any repair on most band and orchestra instruments.
We offer unmatched quality workmanship with a best-in-class warranty from experienced instrument repair technicians.
In many cases we can also provide you a loaner instrument while yours is in repair. (Restrictions apply, ask for details)
We feature a top-of-the-line in-house brass instrument ultrasonic cleaning system. An annual cleaning is the best way to ensure your instrument is perfectly clean, free of mold, lime scale or other buildup, and looking and sounding it’s absolute best.
Best of all, when you choose The Gift of Music for your repair, you are doing even more to help others! Unlike commercial music stores, all of our proceeds from repairs go directly to the programs of The Gift of Music Foundation to help provide instruments and music education for kids. Why not help others while getting great service at the same time?
Call or visit us today for a free estimate and let The Gift of Music get your instrument back in top condition fast. Use the form below or call 770.702.0181
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Get to Know our Repair Professionals
Meet Allison Scull – Instrument Repair Manager
Bringing decades of quality repair experience to
The Gift of Music Foundation
How did you decide that instrument repair was your calling?
After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Euphonium Performance from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, I had a desire to continue working in the music industry but I didn’t want to live in a practice room my whole life. I got a job working at the local music store selling all sorts of musical instruments, and through that experience, I decided that high-pressure sales was not the realm for me either. However, every week the inter-store shuttle would arrive to pick up and drop off instrument repairs from the main repair shop. This was my initial inspiration.
One day while contemplating my life choices, the idea hit me to research what it takes to be an instrument repair technician. I would still be immersed in the music industry behind the scenes, and I wouldn’t have to dress in uncomfortable “business casual” clothes or sell things to people who didn’t want them. Once I enrolled in repair school and started my education, it was easy for me to foresee an exciting and fulfilling future.
Where did you learn/study/work about instrument repair before you joined GOM?
I went to Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City, IA which has the oldest band instrument repair program as well as the only two-year program in the country. From there, I was hired immediately by Swicegood Music Co. of Louisiana in Lake Charles, La. I worked there for nearly 10 years as Lead Technician and Shop Manager. In 2019, my fiancé and I moved to the Atlanta suburbs to continue repairing. After that, we built up our own repair business in the basement of our house. He and I joined The Gift of Music in mid-October, where we continue to work as terrific duo.
What is your approach when it comes to quality of repair work vs. keeping costs management for customers?
I’ve always believed that if I’m going to do *anything*, I must do it to the very best of my ability. Whatever the repair is, no matter the customer’s situation, I’m going to perform the task to the highest standard. Clean, effective, and excellent repairs are of paramount importance to me because every musician- student to professional- deserves an instrument which they will enjoy playing.
Why is The Gift of Music a good fit for you and your talents?
The Gift of Music Foundation has such a well-laid out vision not only for the current time period, but also for the foreseeable future. In order to continue achieving everything we plan for, leadership and responsibility are integral. I have held leadership roles since graduating from repair school, such as being a member of the Western Iowa Tech. Band Instrument Repair program’s advisory committee. I was the chairwoman of the committee for two years and have continued to help implement curriculum changes that better serve the students to help them succeed in the professional repair trade.
I’ve also been an active member and clinician for the National Association of Professional Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) and was the Region 5 director for 2 years. This role focused on networking and communicating with repair technicians in 7 states by organizing, hosting, and presenting regional educational clinics for technicians.
These experiences have prepared me to hold myself to an exceedingly high standard of professionalism. My 12 years of “bench time” experience has also proven to surpass what local musicians and band directors expect in terms of quality and efficiency. To be a part of this foundation is truly a gift to me, and all I can do is pay it forward as best as I can!
What are some things you are hoping to bring to life to help our Repair Program serve directors and customers even better?
I’ve got in the works a series of repair classes that will range from focusing on emergency repairs for band directors to multi-session repair lessons for anyone who’s interested in learning.
Being a major repair resource is just as important as being a good technician because information about what to do or not do can mean the difference between a $20 repair and a $200 repair. This type of education I’ll be offering also makes sure a musician, young or old, is only without their instrument for the very least amount of time.
Tell us a little more about you!
When I’m not repairing instruments, I’m usually in the kitchen with my fiancé Rick. We are an excellent team, especially when it comes to cooking. We cook mostly Creole style meals with sausage, bacon, beans, greens, and shrimp. It gives me great joy to have a home that smells like Grandma’s!
Rick and I also make all-natural soap, lip balm, and other body products that also leave our house smelling dreamy. Both processes involved in cooking and making soap keep us busy and fulfilled. At the end of the day, listening to our cat Ollie yowl for more food makes us laugh almost as much as watching our favorite television shows.