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                 . . . promoting the arts, one instrument at a time!

We're delighted you found us on the web! We sincerely hope that you'll take the time to check out our variety of quality instrument services, as well as find out more about our family-owned company. At BANDMAN, we are committed to providing affordable instrument sales and service and are proud to offer reputable, reliable repair services to the Central PA region. In fact, all of our programs, policies, and processes have been designed with you, our valued customer, in mind. Contact us today and let us show you what we mean. We believe you'll be as excited as we are!

IN-STOCK ACCESSORY PROMISE:  Although we make a very conscious effort to keep your most common accessory items in stock, sometimes inventory runs low before the next order arrives.  "If we don't have it, we'll do everything we can to get it for you!"

BANDMAN is located in the Altoona, PA (Blair County) area and primarily serves the greater Central Pennsylvania region. Stop by the store, send us an e-mail, or give us a call today. We're looking forward to serving all of your instrumental needs!

 

Full-Service Repair Facility 

BANDMAN offers fast, full-service repairs for brass, woodwind, and percussion musical instruments. From minor fixes to complete overhaul work, BANDMAN has the in-store expertise and equipment, as well as the industry's most reputable vendors, manufacturers, and suppliers at hand, to keep your instrument looking and sounding great.

As instrument repairmen, we really like to see older musical instruments come through the shop. We find a certain "heft," consistent sound, and solid craftsmanship in these horns, and believe that in most cases, older horns are worth fixing. Whether you have a vintage "baby" you'd like to return to its glory days, or your children have shown interest in your old student instrument from school, we'd welcome the opportunity to discuss repair options with you. We think you will be pleased at the value BANDMAN can offer, whether a quick fix is in order, or more work is required. We always provide a free repair estimate before any work is done.


Repair By Mail Program

Looking for a quality repair shop, but don't live in our immediate area? With a limited amount of effort, you can send us your instrument and take advantage of the same great benefits as our local clientele. Regardless of where you live, BANDMAN can be your hometown repair shop.

As soon as we originally put up our website, we started getting calls and emails from folks all over the country. It seems that many of our Repair By Mail customers are finding it more difficult than ever to find the kinds of repair services they have been searching. Often, they tell us that their "local guy" retired, they liked Bandman's value and prices over other alternatives they checked, or sometimes they have had a less than desirable experience elsewhere. No matter the circumstance, we put together the Repair By Mail Program to answer your call, and we have since worked on instruments from all over the United States.

Our Repair by Mail Program is easy. Simply fill out the Repair Form and include a completed copy in your shipment to BANDMAN. Whether you would like to request certain services, have a Repair Tech to "look over" your instrument, or have very specific issues addressed, we can accommodate your needs. We always provide a free repair estimate before any work is done.


Unusual "Fixes"

We've been in business long enough to see our fair share of strange and unusual instrument accidents and on-the-spot "fixes" come through the shop. We have seen a number of trumpets pulled to pieces in an attempt to relieve a stuck mouthpiece, have seen toilet tissue and masking tape serve as make-shift clarinet cork, and even had one trumpet that was used for crowd control after a tense college football game. Of course, we get chewing gum in a pad cup here and there, our fair share of rubber bands, paperclips, and duct tape, but we have also learned that the bore on certain older student flute bodies is equal to the diameter of a penny (don't keep your lunch money in your instrument case!).

Most of the accidents we see, however, are just that: accidents. Trumpet dents, trombone slide dings, flutes that were run over by a car (below), or instruments that fell through the bleachers at the football game... Unfortunately, these incidents happen sometimes. Trumpets develop sticky valves at times, flutes lose their headcork and crown, the neck cork gets compressed over time on a saxophone, and we are convinced that there is a devious little gnome somewhere who collects water keys, finger buttons, and music lyres.

Whether you have a simple little fix, you find yourself as a participant in one of these "unusual" accidents, or your instrument needs a complete overhaul to get it back on its feet, BANDMAN has you covered. We have the training, knowledge, skills, tools, parts, and supplies to do the job correctly, and to avoid the aforementioned chewing gum and duct tape. Contact us today and we'll help you get back to doing what you love: playing your instrument.

Musical Instrument Repair Galleries:

Alto Clarinet Repair

If you've ever played alto clarinet, you know it's a tough setup to play well. We will "go out on a limb" and say that this alto hasn't sounded or looked this good in a very long time.

Alto Sax Repair

Follow this alto sax through the repair shop for repad service.

Bassoon Repair

We're waiting for our test results to see if any new penicillin varieties were discovered during this bassoon repad. We haven't heard from the labcoats yet, but we remain hopeful.

Clarinet Repair

This clarinet goes from "basement storage" straight to practice.

Flute Repair

30 years between students, this flute gets a complete repad in our shop. If your flute is due for a fix, check out the difference between the beginning and end photos of this job!

Piccolo Repair

Combine tiny keywork with the bumps, bruises, and inclimate weather that marching band season usually brings, and you usually end up with a big mess in a small case. Watch as this piccolo gets new life with repad service.

Tenor Sax Repair

Watch this tenor sax go from the repair bench to feeling 40 years younger.

 

Timpani Repair

Replacing worn-out timpani can be a rather costly endeavor. Refurbishing these old Ludwig Ringers, however, proved to be a very cost-effective alternative. All four drums were completely disassembled, cleaned and buffed, powder-coated (framework), re-assembled with new EVANS Strata™ heads, and then tuned and adjusted for action. These pro line kettles are once again in top shape. Enjoy! 

Trumpet Repair

Dentwork and a chemical cleaning have this trumpet back in playing condition.
Coming Soon!
Baritone / Euphonium Repair
Baritone (Bari) Sax Repair
Bass Clarinet Repair
Contra Clarinet Repair
Drum Repair
English Horn Repair
French Horn Repair
Oboe Repair
Soprano Sax Repair
Trombone Repair
Tuba Repair
 

 
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