It all started in 1995 when, instead of getting a job in IT at the end of my degree, I took a big decision and enrolled at Stevenson College to learn to repair musical instruments. 21 years later it’s time for another big decision:
After 10 years of Andrew May Wind Instrument Repairer I have decided to retire from the profession. Sadly all the years of tightening screws, straightening bent keywork, removing dents and generally keeping you all playing has taken its toll on my hands and I must now find something less physical to keep me occupied.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all my customers (almost 2000 of you) for your business and support over the years, and wish you all the best in your music making in the coming years, be it as a hobby or professionally. I’d also like to thank Claire for keeping the paperwork in order for the last 4 years and Benoît and David who I have had the pleasure of working alongside over the past couple of years. Without their help and hard work I would’ve gone mad much sooner than this!
The shop will be closing for good on 30th September. During September I’ll be having a closing down sale with all reeds, cases and accessories in stock marked down by at least 25%. I’m already fully booked for servicing, but I may be able to fit in a few little tweaks, but please don’t be offended if I say I can’t; there is only so much time in the day, and already much to do!
And what of David? He is currently looking for new premises to set up a flute repair workshop. I’ll post links to it here when he’s up and running.
While I am sad to be closing the business, I am very much looking forward to spending more time with my family and exploring a new career doing who knows what!